WNBA Second Century Prize to Little Free Library

In November of 1917, a group of women booksellers gathered at Sherwood’s Bookstore in New York City to form an organization of women active in all aspects of the book world. Having been shut out of the all-male American Booksellers Association and the Booksellers’ League, the women connected, educated, and advocated for themselves, and the Women’s National Book Association was born.

One of the signature programs of our Centennial is the awarding of the WNBA Second Century Prize, a $5,000 grant to an organization that supports the power of reading, past, present, and into the future. The one-time cash award will be given to the Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization that promotes reading for all ages, but especially children, by building free book exchanges.

Under the guidance of Second Century Prize co-chairs Mary Grey James and Susan Larson, nominations for the prize came from WNBA chapters throughout the country. A committee chose Little Free Library (LFL) based on its grassroots organization, which has impacted thousands of readers of all ages and backgrounds. LFL embodies the goals of the Women’s National Book Association by promoting literacy and the love of reading.

Little Free Library was founded in Hudson, Wisconsin, by Todd Bol to honor his mother, a school teacher. In just eight years the organization has become an international movement of mini-libraries sharing the message of “give one, take one.” LFL has over 50,000 libraries in 70+ countries with millions of books exchanged annually.

No longer known only for its charming small libraries placed in front yards and public spaces, it continuously develops new initiatives. The WNBA particularly applauds the LFL’s new Kids, Community, and Cops program, which helps police departments set up book exchanges in their precincts, and Action Book ClubTM, which encourages social engagement through shared reading—a commitment that resonates with the WNBA’s own National Reading Group Month program.

“This means so much,” said Todd Bol, creator and executive director of Little Free Library. “Little Free Library is about 90 percent women, so it really is a women’s movement, supporting friends and family and community.”

Pannell Award Nominees 2015

Check out this list of the WNBA Pannell Award Nomineess for 2015:

General Bookstore

  • {pages} A Bookstore (Manhattan Beach, CA)
  • Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville, IL)
  • Astoria Bookshop (New York, NY)
  • Bookshop West Portal (San Francisco, CA)
  • Busboys and Poets Books (Washington, DC)
  • Changing Hands Bookstore (Tempe, AZ)
  • Frugal Bookstore (Roxbury, MA)
  • Landmark Booksellers (Franklin, TN)
  • Laurel Book Store (Oakland, CA)
  • Left Bank Books (St. Louis, MO)
  • MainStreet BookEnds of Warner (Warner, NH)
  • Mostly Books (Gig Harbor, WA)
  • Page & Palette (Fairhope, AL)
  • Prairie Lights Books (Iowa City, IA)
  • Skylight Books (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Source Booksellers (Detroit, MI)
  • The Bookstore Plus (Lake Placid, NY)
  • Towne Center Books (Pleasanton, CA)

Children’s Specialty Bookstore

  • Blue Manatee Bookstore (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Books of Wonder (New York, NY)
  • Hooray 4 Books! (Alexandria, VA)
  • Monkey See, Monkey Do… (Clarence, NY)
  • Once Upon a Time Bookstore (Montrose, CA)
  • Square Books Jr. (Oxford, MS)
  • Storybook Village of Pentwater (Pentwater, MI)
  • The Reading Bug (San Carlos, CA)

 

WNBA Award Recipient Announced

The WNBA has selected Amy King, poet, professor of Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College and Executive Board Member of VIDA—Women in Literary Arts as the recipient of the 2015 WNBA Award.  The award will be presented at a special event June 6, 2015, as part of WNBA’s annual meeting, to be held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The WNBA Award is presented every second year to “a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books and allied arts, and who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.

Amy King was honored by The Feminist Press as one of the “40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism” awardees, and she received the 2012 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Her most recent book from Litmus Press, I Want to Make You Safe (2011), was one of the Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011, and it was reviewed, among others, by the Poetry Foundation and the Colorado Review. King is also the author of Slaves to do These Things, I’m the Man Who Loves You and Antidotes for an Alibi, all from Blazevox Books, as well as The People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press) and Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country (Dusie Press).

King serves on the executive board of VIDA: Woman in Literary Arts and is currently co-editing the anthology, Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also moderates the Women’s Poetry Listserv(WOMPO) and the Goodreads Poetry! Group. She teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College. Please visit amyking.wordpress.com for more information.

Pannell Award Deadline is February 15

Every year two bookstores that excel in connecting children with books are selected by a panel of publishing professionals–one award is given to a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore. Anyone can nominate a store. Simply email:  pannellaward@gmail.com, with the following information:

1) Name, email address, and phone number of person making the nomination

2) Your connection to the nominated store, e.g. customer, owner, employee, publisher
3) A brief statement outlining the reasons you are nominating that store  

4) Contact info for the owner/manager of the nominated store

Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator during a presentation at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.

 

Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award, which was established in honor of Lucile Micheels Pannell, founding member of one of the WNBA chapters.

 

 

Reception for Ann Patchett, WNBA Award Recipient

WNBA Award Presentation to Ann Patchett

WNBA Award Presentation to Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett was presented with the 2012/2013 WNBA Award at a private reception held in her honor on June 9, 2013 at the bookstore she opened with Karen Hayes in 2011, Parnassus Books in Nashville. WNBA members were invited and many were in attendance for the award, presented every two years by the WNBA to a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books or the allied arts and has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.

Ann Patchett Receives WNBA Award

 

Ann Patchett was presented with the 2012/2013 WNBA Award at a private reception held in her honor on June 9, 2013 at the bookstore she opened with Karen Hayes in 2011, Parnassus Books in Nashville. WNBA members were invited and many were in attendance for the award, presented every two years by the WNBA to a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books or the allied arts and has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.

WNBA Award Winner Announced

Ann PatchettThe Women’s National Book Association announces that author Ann Patchett has been chosen to receive the 2012-2013 WNBA Award. The award is presented by WNBA to a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books or the allied arts and has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation. [Read more…]