Monday, August 08, 2011

Meeting The Giver of "The Giver"

Two members of the Collinsville Library Children’s Library Staff – Alison Donnelly and Jed Robbins – recently had the pleasure of meeting children’s literature author Lois Lowry at the 2011 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture at the St. Louis County Library.
The lecture, which is sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association), is given annually by somebody who has made significant contributions to the field of children’s literature, which could mean anyone from an author to a librarian to a critic.
While Lowry has written over 30 children’s books, her most notable works are Number the Stars and The Giver, which have each won the Newbery Medal (in 1990 and 1994, respectively), as well as The Anastasia Series, The Sam Krupnik Series, The Gooney Bird Books, and stand alone titles like A Summer to Die. Through her writing, Lowry has addressed a vast array of complex topics, including things like illness, racism, bullying, murder, and the Holocaust.
During her address at the St. Louis County Library, Lowry noted that she has “always felt a happy kind of hungry for writing,” which has led her to continue her writing over the years. After the lecture, Alison and Jed had the opportunity to meet Lois, and she even autographed a copy of The Giver for the Collinsville Memorial Public Library. Be sure to check out her books next time you’re in the library, or find out more information on Lois by visiting