Youth programs led by SILS alumna named finalist for nationwide award

July 1, 2013

Demetria TuckerThe Youth programs of the Pearl Bailey Library, led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna, Demetria Tucker (MSLS ’78), have been chosen as a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Teens and youth who frequent Pearl Bailey Library, part of the Newport News Public Library System, serve on advisory committees that work with staff to plan and implement the programs, which include literary clubs, arts programs, homework help and more. Participants in one of the programs, the “Teen Urban Lit Book Club,” not only read and discuss books of their choosing, but also do crafts, online activities and sometimes take field trips related to the book. They also learn how to determine the main ideas and recognize key literary elements such as the plot, theme and characterization in books they read and discuss. 

Pearl Bailey Library’s youth programs and other finalists are being reviewed for a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Award by a national jury composed of arts and humanities field experts. The award winners will be announced later this summer. Those selected will receive a $10,000 one-time grant and an invitation to attend the White House awards ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Recipients also will have the opportunity to participate in the seventh annual NAHYP Awardee Conference, Aug. 7-9, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

Tucker, senior family and youth services librarian, is also the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2013 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.