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TWU graduate student Follis named to 2011 Newbery Award Selection Committee



DENTON — Marianne Follis, a doctoral student in the Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Studies, will help select the winner of the 2011 John Newbery Medal, the most distinguished award in children’s literature.

Ms. Follis, a youth services librarian in the Irving Public Library System, is one of only 15 members of the Association for Library Service to Children’s 2011 Newbery Award Selection Committee. The ALSC is a division of the American Library Association.

“I had always hoped to one day serve on the Newbery Committee,” Ms. Follis said. “It’s a tremendous honor – and a tremendous responsibility – to select the winner. I believe my studies at TWU have prepared me well for this amazing opportunity.”

Ms. Follis credits “Librarian’s Choices,” a project begun by Dr. Sylvia Vardell, TWU professor of library science, with providing a forum for in-depth critical conversations about books. The project involves a team of librarians who read and evaluate books, then select the top 100 and write reviews and activities for librarians and teacher to use.

Ms. Follis, an avid reader since childhood, says that serving on the Newbery committee has brought her life full circle.

“As a child, I was painfully shy,” she said. “Books allowed me to live vicariously. I once was told that if I didn’t get my head out of a book, life would pass me by. It’s ironic that my life is full to almost bursting, and it’s all because of books.”

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