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CLA Awards

The Catholic Library Association honors excellence in scholarship, literature and librarianship through the bestowal of nationally recognized Association and Section awards. These awards as well as service and chapter awards are presented at the annual convention.

CLA to host Award’s Dinner, Regina Medal Luncheon and Breakout Sessions during NCEA 2015 in Orlando

Please join us at the Rosen Centre Hotel for special CLA events in Orlando! CLICK HERE to register for these special meal events (required registration through CLA). Early bird registration pricing for CLA Special Events ends on March 20, 2015.

Award’s Dinner on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Join CLA in honoring this year’s award recipients, JOHN O’MALLEY, SJ: Jerome Award, JOAN BAUER: Saint Katharine Drexel Award, and DOUG KECK: Aggiornamento Award. *Registration through CLA required for attendance. 

Regina Luncheon Honoring Judy Blume

Join us on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm for a luncheon in honoring the 2015 Regina Medal Recipient, Judy Blume. *Registration through CLA required for attendance.

You’ll also have an opportunity to attend a conversations session with each of our award recipients and with Regina Medal Recipient Judy Blume during the NCEA Convention. Don’t miss breakout sessions presented by our very own CLA members! Registration through NCEA is required for session attendance. Please see the CLA Brochure for session details and scheduling. Visit the NCEA Website to register for convention attendance.

2014 Regina Medal Winner - Patricia Reilly Giff

AVT Patricia-Reilly-Giff 240Author Patricia Reilly Giff received the Regina Medal Award at a luncheon in her honor on April 23, 2014, at the CLA convention in Pittsburgh, PA.  She is a two-time Newbery Honor winner:  Lily’s Crossing (Delacorte, 1997) was honored in 1998 and Pictures of Hollis Woods (Random House/Wendy Lamb Books, 2002) in 2003. She is also the author of the Polk Street School series for younger readers. Read her bio here.

Past Philip F. Neau Award Winners

2012: Jean Elvekrog

2010: Sally Ann Thompson

2008: Julanne Good


2014 Mary A. Grant Volunteer Award - Nancy K. Schmidtmann

IMG 9502Nancy K. Schmidtmann has been awarded the 2014 Mary A. Grant Service Award for her generous and tireless service to CLA at the national, section and chapter levels.  In addition to serving as CLA president from 2009-2011, she was also the Local Committee Chair for our 2012 Boston Convention, as well as helping us to revitalize the Brooklyn/Long Island Chapter.  Congratulations Nancy, we appreciate your continuous efforts to grow and improve CLA!  

Charlotte Decker Memorial Award

The Charlotte Decker Memorial Award is given annually to honor an outstanding member of the Children’s Library Services Section or the High School/Young Adult Library Services Section of the Catholic Library Association. The award consists of a complimentary ticket to either the Regina Medal luncheon or the opening awards dinner at the CLA annual conference. (The choice is the recipient’s.)

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