A Southeastern Louisiana University staff librarian received the American Library Association’s 2012 Scholastic Library Award for his efforts to synergize the writing and illustrating talents of young people.
Paul Kelsey, who serves as head of acquisitions at SLU’s Sims Memorial Library, was honored at the organization’s annual meeting in June for his creation of the online magazine “Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off.” The website matches the skills of young authors, poets and illustrators between the ages of 6 and 14 and publishes the best submissions on the Internet.
Launch Pad can be seen at http://www.launchpadmag.com.
The award includes a citation and $1,000 prize donated by Scholastic Library Publishing, a firm dedicated to encouraging reading and the use of educational technology to encourage a love of reading among young people.
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