Monthly Archives: January 2015

Youth Services Award Proposal Member comments greatly appreciated!

The CATS Board would like member input/comments/quotes to help support the following proposed youth services award.  Please comment by 5pm Friday, January 30th, 2015

“The CATS Board supports the proposed CAL award titled Excellence in Youth Services with the following description:
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Come and learn about early literacy!

Early Literacy: First Steps to Success

Please join the Early Literacy Department of the Denver Public Library and other community leaders for a yawn free workshop on how important Early Literacy is in ensuring future educational and economic success. Come and learn about the importance of the early years and discover how the Denver Public Library can support your organization both with free resources and presence in your community.


Wednesday, February 11th


Byers Branch Library

675 Santa Fe Dr. 80204


Awesome light refreshments will be served and great resources and ideas will be shared. That includes a free book for every attendee!


You and anybody that might be interested in Early Literacy, Early Childhood Education and Parenting.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Outreach Coordinator Alberto Pellicer at

Mock Newbery results and thanks for the meow-meries!

The CATS Division board members would like to thank everyone who sponsored, presented at, and attended the 2nd annual CATS Winter Workshop! It was quite the success, partly due to the weather actually cooperating this year, and partly because all of the amazing librarians (and others) who were there!

CATS mock newbery 2015The entire clowder of CATS in attendance voted in the Mock Newbery election during lunch at the workshop, and drumroll please… the winner of the 2015 Mock Newbery is Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin! We also chose two honor books: the delightfully creepy Night Gardener by the delightfully handsome Jonathan Auxier and, in a stunning not-so-upset, write-in vote, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. If you haven’t read these works, check them out (at your local library). We’ll see if our choices come close when the winners are announced at ALA Midwinter.

In bittersweet news, the new year brings with it new CATS board members, so I (Andrea Cleland) will be hanging up my whiskers and passing the laser pointer to a new member at large, Brenda Pritchard. She will bring you yarns and tails of the innovative and collaborative things the CATS team will be doing throughout the year. This year has been fun, and I thank the CATS board and all the wonderful librarians I have met and worked with throughout the year. Stay sparkly, people. I’m sure I will still see you around, but until then, peace out, and thanks for being claw-some.
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CATS Division Winter Workshop is right around the (kitty) corner!

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Fellow CATS, our second annual Winter Workshop is almost here! Next Friday, January 16th, we will meet from 8:30-4:30 at the University of Denver’s College of Education for a day of string-chasing and catnip – oops, I mean a day … Continue reading