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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.)

Charlotte Decker, in whose honor the award is given, was a long-time member of both the Children’s Library Services Section and the High School/Young Adult Library Services Section.  She was a wellspring of knowledge about children’s and young adult books.  Her booktalks at national conferences, featuring the latest children’s and YA books, were always well-attended and benefited librarians as well as teachers.

Any member of CLSS or HS/YALSS can submit a nomination for the award.  The selection committee consists of the executive boards of the CLSS and HS/YALSS, plus one representative from Charlotte Decker’s local Cincinnati Chapter.

The winner of the award will be notified in time to make travel arrangements for the national convention.

Rose Marie Anthony, OP, received the first Charlotte Decker Award in 2014.

The 2015 Charlotte Decker Award was presented to Jean R. Bostley, SSJ by Annette Thibodeaux, Chair of the HSYALSS at the CLA Annual Conference in Orlando. Sr. Jean presently serves as librarian at St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield, MA. For many years she was a member and leader of the section before moving to the executive director position of CLA.  Throughout her many years with CLA, she has always been a mentor for leaders of the section and has always made significant contributions to the section. For her many years of dedicated service to the HSYALSS she was recognized with the Charlotte Decker Award.  

Nomination form can be found here