February 23, 2018

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SLJ Welcomes Back “Someday” Printz Blog

EH_10_22_13_PrintzNow that the new school year has officially begun, School Library Journal’s “Someday My Printz Will Come” blog has returned in full force. Celebrating its fifth year, the blog that discusses possible contenders for YALSA’s (Young Adult Library Services Association) annual Michael L. Printz Award for exemplary teen titles hopes to continue the tradition of evaluating books while emulating the work of the real Printz committee. Relaunching a few days after SLJ’s “Heavy Medal: A Newbery Blog,” “Someday” and its bloggers have already begun speculating which 2015 YA works might win the crown at the 2016 Youth Media Awards, taking place during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston on January 11.

The blog is helmed by Karyn Silverman, high school librarian and educational technology department chair at Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) in New York City, along with Sarah Couri, director of library and information systems at Grace Church School’s high school division, also in New York City, and Joy Piedmont, librarian and technology integrator at LREI.

Open for business from September to January, “Someday” kicked off its first post with a long list of possible contenders for the 2016 Printz Medal, including titles that have been starred at least three times by professional journals, have received much buzz among librarians and book enthusiasts, or have been written by previously honored authors. The list is ever-changing, and the bloggers encourage readers to nominate their own favorites in the comments section.

New twists are in store for this year. Silverman, who has served on YALSA’s Quick Picks and Best Books committees and was a member of the 2009 Printz committee, hopes to jump on the podcast bandwagon. “We’ll only have a few this year, but we’re excited to dig deeper into what it means to weigh books’ merits in a conversation, which, after all, is exactly what the real committee does,” Silverman said. The group also anticipates heightened conversations because of the short discussion season due to the early YMA date.

Couri has served on a number of YALSA committees, including Quick Picks, Great Graphic Novels, and the 2011 Printz Committee. Prior to becoming a librarian, Piedmont reviewed and reported for Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch. Currently, she reviews for SLJ and serves as president of the Hudson Valley Library Association.

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Shelley Diaz About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz (sdiaz@mediasourceinc.com) is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.

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  1. Mary Lou White says:

    Welcome back! This blog is one of my favorite things about fall!