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Children’s & Young Adult Book Award Winners

If you’re looking for the best children’s or young adult books, the American Library Association announced the winners of the 2022 Youth Media Awards this week! Here are some of this year’s award-winning books, including those that won the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott Medals. See the full list including all of the Honor Books and finalists at American Libraries Magazine.


John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

The Last Cuentista written by Donna Barba Higuera

A girl named Petra Pena, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. But Petra’s world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children – among them Petra and her family – have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet – and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth.

Awards: Newbery Medal Award, 2022; Pura Belpre Award, Children’s Author Award Winner, 2022.



Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:


Watercress illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang

Embarrassed about gathering watercress from a roadside ditch, a girl learns to appreciate her Chinese heritage after learning why the plant is so important to her parents.

Awards: Newbery Honor Book, 2022; Caldecott Medal Award, 2022; Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winner, Picture Book, 2022.


Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:


Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

A powerful look at the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history.

Awards: Caldecott Honor Book, 2022; Coretta Scott King Award, Author Award Winner, 2022; Coretta Scott King Award, Illustrator Award Winner, 2022; Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Honor Book, 2022.




Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

Firekeeper’s Daughter written by Angeline Boulley

Treated like an outsider in both her hometown and on the Ojibwe reservation, a half-Native American science geek and star hockey player places her dreams on hold in the wake of a family tragedy.

Awards: Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2022; William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award Winner, 2022; American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book, Young Adult, 2022.




Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

The People’s Painter: How Ben Schan Fought for Justice With Art written by Cynthia Levinson ; pictures by Evan Turk

“The first thing I can remember,” Ben said, “I drew.” As an observant young child growing up in Lithuania, Ben Shahn yearns to draw everything he sees-and, after seeing his father banished by the Czar for demanding workers’ rights, he develops a keen sense of justice, too. So when Ben and the rest of his family make their way to America, Ben brings with him both his sharp artistic eye and his desire to fight for what’s right.

Awards: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Winner, 2022




Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:

Fox at Night written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor

Fox is up late in the night. There are shadows and noises everywhere. Fox is sure the night is full of monsters! Then he meets the real creatures of the night and realizes they are not so scary after all.

Awards: Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner, 2022




Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:


Young Children’s Awards: My City Speaks written by Darren Lebeuf and illustrated by Ashley Barron

Middle Grades Awards: A Bird Will Soar by Alison Green Myers

Teens Award: Words in My Hands written and illustrated by Asphyxia






See the Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences, the Pura Belpré Awards honoring Latinx writers and illustrators, winners of the American Indian Youth Literature Awards, and more at American Libraries Magazine.

Computer Use & Printing Services

Adamstown Area Library will begin offering public computer appointments every Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm. You may schedule a 45-minute appointment for one person to use a library computer inside the building. Appointments can be scheduled up to 7 days in advance.

Safety for our patrons, staff, and the community is our first priority. Library staff observe all safety precautions and computers are cleaned after each use. Staff can offer verbal assistance, but hands-on help will not be available due to social distancing requirements. We ask that you consider utilizing computer access at this time for priority needs, such as: job search, filing for unemployment benefits, maintaining email contact with friends and family, business needs, etc.

Schedule your appointment here:

We will also continue to offer laptop and printing services via curbside service for patrons who prefer it.

Curbside services are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 9:30AM-8PM, Friday from 9:30AM-5PM, and Saturday 9:30AM-2PM.

Laptop Services

To schedule a 1-hour appointment for laptop services, call the library at 717-484-4200.  This is a no-contact service, so laptops can be picked up in the vestibule.  Laptops are available for use in your car, using the library’s parking lot wifi.  We ask that you leave car keys or a valid photo ID as a deposit while you use the laptop.

Printing Services

Printing and copies cost 10¢/page for B&W and 25¢/page for color.

If printing from the library’s laptop, print as normal.  When you return the laptop, let staff know that you sent items to the printer. Staff will bring out your documents with your deposit item.

If printing from your own device, submit your request via email to  In the email, please include

  • full name
  • library card number
  • attached documents for printing

AAL staff will print the documents exactly as they are attached to the email.  Staff will not make changes or edits to submissions and items will not be reprinted.  Patrons will receive an email when printed materials are available for pick up.

Privacy Disclaimer:  documents submitted through email may be viewed by library staff.  If your documents contain sensitive or confidential information, please consider using our laptop services or a retail location for printing.

New Curbside Pickup Hours

Beginning August 24, 2020, AAL began offering expanded curbside pickup hours.

New Curbside Pickup Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:30 am – 7:30 pm

Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

We want to keep patrons and staff safe, so please follow the steps below.  Pickup will be arranged by appointment only, following social distancing guidelines.  We are looking forward to serving  you!

  1.  Starting July 6th, you are able to place the items you want on hold online through the catalog.
  2. You can also continue to place holds by calling the Circulation Department at (717) 484-4200, completing the online Adult or Youth Book Match form, or emailing  Make sure to include your name, phone number, and library card number.  5 items per patron can be held per day.
  3. If you place your holds online, a librarian will call you to set up an appointment to pick up your items.
  4. If you call in your order, your appointment will be scheduled at that time.  Please note that this service is only available when staff are on duty.
  5. The library staff will prepare your items and check them out to your library card.
  6. When you arrive at the library, pull up to the side of the building.  Call us again at (484) 755-9143 to let us know you are here.  If you do not have a cell phone, please ring the doorbell to let us know you have arrived, and someone will meet you with your items.
  7. Please stay in your car.  Pop your trunk so a staff member can deliver your items.
  8. If you have any questions, please call the library.

Thank you for choosing AAL!

Need help picking a book?  Check out our blog.

Curbside Service Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I pick up holds now?
    • Yes, we are currently offering curbside service.
  • When can I pick up my holds?
    • Curbside service is being offered Monday through Thursday 9:30am-7:30pm, Friday 9:30am-4:30pm, and Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm. Once you confirm your appointment time, visit the library and call the library to let us know you’re here.
  • Can I return items when I pick up?
    • We are now accepting returns 24 hours a day. Please use the book drop for all returns. The book drop is open 24 hours a day. All items will be quarantined for several days and will still show as checked out on your account for up to a week after you return them. You will not accrue fines while items are quarantined. Do not renew any items you’ve returned to the library, as renewing your returned items may incorrectly place a fine on your account.
  • Do I need my library card?
    • Yes.  Please call the library if you have any questions or issues with your card.
  • What if I don’t have a library card?
  • Can I talk to a library staff member?
  • Can a librarian help me with OverDrive/computer questions?
    • Yes, please call the library for your ereader and technology questions.
  • Can I print something?
  • Can you fax something for me? Can I use the computer?
    • Due to the CDC’s recommended social distancing policy, we are unable to provide these services.