Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 University Libraries Looking for Mississippi Cookbooks As part of its mission to collect materials relating to Mississippi history, Special Collections at Southern Miss is seeking Mississippi cookbooks. The cookbooks currently in our collections and those donated are preserved and made accessible to researchers.  Additionally, these collections help support the research of the Mississippi Community Cookbook Project (
In particular, Special Collections is looking for Mississippi community cookbooks published by churches, clubs, and organizations; family cookbooks; and cookbooks published in Mississippi.

Special Collections also welcomes gifts of books, papers, records, and other items that would complement its research collections. The collections held in the McCain Library and Archives offer patrons an exciting variety of historical resources ranging from fifteenth-century illuminated manuscripts to current Mississippiana and from the Civil War to the civil rights movement.

If you wish to donate a cookbook, please contact Jennifer Brannock, Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana, at 601.266.4347 or You may also mail your cookbook to University Libraries Special Collections, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #5148, Hattiesburg, MS 39406.

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2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Announced 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Announced

29th Annual Awards for New Writer and New Illustrator

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at
The University of Southern Mississippi to Present Awards at

Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival on April 9th

NEW YORK – February 11, 2015 – The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi announced today the winners of the 29th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year, a new writer and new illustrator are celebrated. The 2015 awards ceremony will be held on April 9th during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The winners receive a gold medallion as well as an honorarium of $1,000.

“The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award celebrates and inspires exceptional new writers and illustrators, who are seldom recognized in the early stages of their careers,” said Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. “These new artists have created books of beauty in the spirit of Keats that portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family and the multicultural nature of our world.”

“It is a privilege to administer the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. The de Grummond Collection’s holdings of Keats’ work remind us of the unique contributions he made to the world of children’s literature. We enthusiastically embrace the 2015 EJK Book Award winners, whose own books may one day join Ezra’s in the de Grummond Collection,” said Ellen Ruffin, Curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.

Deborah Wiles, the 2002 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for new writer for her picture book Freedom Summer, will be guest presenter; renowned illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky, recipient of the 2015 University of Southern Mississippi Silver Medallion, will keynote.

The 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winner for new writer is:
Chieri Uegaki for Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
Published by Kids Can Press

A celebration of music, multicultural studies and intergenerational relations, this picture book is the story of a young girl, Hana Hashimoto, who has signed up to play the violin at her school’s talent show. The trouble is that she’s had only three lessons! Hana’s brothers tell her she isn’t good enough, but she is determined to prove them wrong. Inspired by her talented grandfather, or Ojiichan, who played the violin when she visited him in Japan, she practices every day. Though her confidence wavers a bit on the night of the show, Hana surprises everyone, including herself, and delivers her best performance ever.

Uegaki said, “Learning that I would be the recipient of this year’s Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for new writer was one of the most surreal moments of my writing life to date. I wrote Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, because I wanted to pay tribute to my two grandfathers. I also tried to write the kind of story that I would have wanted to read as a child, and to create the kind of main character I would have wanted to see in a picture book. To now have that effort recognized by the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award jury is an honour that is altogether wonderful, humbling and incredibly encouraging.”

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin was illustrated by Qin Leng.

The 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winner for new illustrator is:
Chris Haughton for Shh! We Have a Plan
Published by Candlewick Press

In a beautiful nocturnal landscape of deep purples and blues, four friends creep through the woods and spot an exquisite bird high in a tree! “Hello birdie,” waves one. “Shh! We have a plan,” hush the others. They stealthily make their advance, nets in the air. As one comically foiled plan follows another, it becomes clear that their quiet, observant companion, hand outstretched, has a far better idea. Chris Haughton’s boldly graphic, vibrantly colorful illustrations convey the humor in this simple story of best laid plans going awry.

Haughton said, “It is an honour to be presented with the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. I’m a huge fan of Keats’ work and am very inspired by his collages and deceptively simple graphic approach. More than that though, what I admire most is his forward-thinking spirit and the inclusivity and kindness that emanate from his work. In the central image in Shh! We Have a Plan, the individual colours of the birds surrounding the main character come together to form a hopeful rainbow. The message of the image, and of the book, is the power of kindness and the courage to do things differently and stand up against the status quo. These messages are ones I see throughout Keats’ life and work and it is a huge honour to be associated with him through this award.”

Shh! We Have a Plan was written and illustrated by Chris Haughton.

The 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award honor winners are:

2015 New Writer Honor

  • Adam Auerbach for Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School (published by Christy Ottaviano Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company Books for Young Readers; illustrated by Adam Auerbach)
  • Alan Rabinowitz for A Boy and a Jaguar (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; illustrated by Cátia Chien)
  • Misty Copeland for Firebird (published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers; illustrated by Christopher Myers)

2015 New Illustrator Honor

  • Evan Turk for Grandfather Gandhi (published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers; written by Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus)
  • Mike Curato for Little Elliot, Big City (published by Henry Holt and Company Books for Young Readers; written by Mike Curato)

The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Criteria
To be eligible for the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, the author and/or illustrator will have no more than three children’s picture books published prior to the year under consideration. 

The selection committee is comprised of early childhood education specialists, librarians, illustrators and experts in children’s literature, including: Caroline Ward, Chair, Rita Auerbach, Carolyn Brodie, Jason Chin, Pat Cummings, K.T. Horning, Sean Qualls, Lisa Von Drasek and Paul O. Zelinsky.

Ex-Officio members are: Deborah Pope, Executive Director, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation; and Ellen Ruffin, Curator, de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.

For a complete list of Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winners,

For information about submissions, visit

About the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
Founded by the late Caldecott award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression by supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries; cultivating new writers and illustrators of exceptional picture books that reflect the experience of childhood in our diverse culture; and protecting and promoting the work of Keats, whose book The Snowy Day broke the color barrier in mainstream children’s publishing.  Keats. Imagination. Diversity.

For more about the Foundation, please visit  
About the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection
The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi is one of North America’s leading research centers in the field of children’s literature. The Collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,300 authors and illustrators, as well as 180,000+ mostly American and British published books dating back to 1530. Since 1985, the de Grummond Collection has been the home of the Ezra Jack Keats Archive, which includes manuscripts, typescripts, sketches, dummies, illustrations and proofs for Ezra Jack Keats’ books.

For more about the de Grummond, please visit

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Aquila Introduces New Readership Map
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Jennifer Brannock selected to 2015 Archives Leadership Institute at Luther College             DECORAH, Iowa—In a competitive application process, Jennifer Brannock has been selected as a participant in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI).

            ALI is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration, and is being hosted at Luther College for the years 2013-15. The Archives Leadership Institute at Luther College (ALI@Luther) will provide advanced training for 25 emerging and innovative leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the archival profession in practice, theory and attitude. To learn more about ALI@Luther see   

            In support of the project, Luther College Archives was awarded $216,150 by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the granting agency of the National Archives and Records Administration.

            Participants were selected for the 2015 ALI@Luther program participant based on their leadership skills and potential, ability to influence policy and change within an organization and the archival field, commitment to the archival profession, career progress and history, organizational involvement, professional motivation and goals, a collaborative and innovative spirit and diversity and specialization within the profession.

            Jennifer Brannock is an Associate Professor and Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Prior to joining Southern Miss, she was the Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship at Yale University.  She currently serves as president of the Society of Mississippi Archivists, steering committee member of the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC), chair of the RAAC education subcommittee, and is the former chair of the Mississippi Library Association chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries. Jennifer holds an B.A. in Art History and an M.L.S. from the University of Kentucky.

            The Leadership Intensive held at Luther College is a weeklong immersion program that embraces a distraction-free, focused opportunity for emerging archival leaders to develop necessary theories, skills and knowledge. Participants will engage in daylong workshops focusing on current and vital strategies for archival leadership such as new leadership thinking and methods, strategies for born digital resources, project management, human resource development and advocacy and outreach. Participants will also take part in team building
activities that embrace the beauty and fresh-air of the Upper Iowa River bluff country in northeast Iowa.

            Following the weeklong intensive at Luther College, participants will return to their institutions to develop a post-intensive practicum project. The chosen practicum project will serve as the primary focus for all ALI@Luther participants in the following year and will meet the goal of connecting archival leadership skills with practical application. Throughout this process, an ALI steering committee mentor will provide guidance and support for the proposed project.

            The institute will conclude with a practices workshop to be held in conjunction with the Society of American Archivists' annual meeting in August 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The content of the practices workshop will consist of facilitated conversation focused on applying leadership learning to ongoing projects and practicums.

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Hearts and Lace: Selections from the Richard August Neubert Antique Valentine Collection Over the past two hundred years, people have created cards to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. These cards often depict sentimental themes relating to love and friendship. In the 1990s, the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi received a donation of over 650 valentines produced between 1838 and 1980. These items came to the collection due to the generosity of James G. Irby.

The exhibit highlights the many types of valentines created over the past 170 years. These include mechanical cards from Germany, lift-the-flap and cobweb designs, decorated letter sheets, and large, single sheet, hand colored lithographs. In addition, the exhibit showcases a selection of vinegar valentines that feature caricatured figures accompanied by comically cruel poems.

Hearts and Lace: Selections from the Richard August Neubert Antique Valentine Collection is on exhibit in the Cook Library Exhibit Cases until February 27. If you have questions about the collection, please contact Ellen Ruffin at or 601.266.6543.

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