2018 Walter Awards and Symposium

Capitol Choices members are invited to attend the 2018 Walter Awards and Symposium on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Library of Congress.  The day’s events begin at 9 a.m. with the Symposium in the James Madison Memorial Building, Sixth Floor, Montpelier Room.  Space is limited and an advance registration is required.  Please RSVP to yrc@loc.gov by March 2, 2018.

ACPS is hiring

Alexandria City Public Schools is hiring, and there is an opening for a librarian to join the terrific team at T.C. Williams High School (King Street Campus).  Please see the following for additional information: https://acpsweb.wufoo.com/forms/z1j0nlkz0hxvpv3/

November Special Events

Margaret Kett, a children’s librarian from Australia, will visit our November meeting and speak to the group over a brown-bag lunch at 12:30 p.m.  Please see the attached document for additional information about Margaret’s work.  We hope you’ll be able to stay for the discussion!

Margaret Kett2


On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress will offer events in commemoration of Veteran’s Day.  All are welcome!  For additional information, please visit the Library of Congress’s page about the event.

Calendar of events for Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at the Young Readers Center


Also at our November meeting, the Capitol Choices Board will share snacks in gratitude for the membership’s contributions to the organization.  We welcome your financial support and can receive cash, checks, or PayPal contributions during the snack break on November 17th and in the future.

Author visit by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and a scholarship opportunity

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, award-winning author of The War That Saved My Life and its forthcoming sequel, The War I Finally Won, will visit the Chevy Chase, DC library on Wednesday, October 11, at 4:30 p.m.  Additional details can be found in the flyer below.

KBB author visit final


Capitol Choices has been asked to share the following announcement with our members:


The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2018 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Awards.  This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children’s books, provides a $600 stipend for up to four children’s librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference. The award also includes an invitation to the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet.

Each applicant will be judged on the following:

  • Involvement in ALSC, as well as any other professional or educational association of which the applicant was a member, officer, chairman, etc.;
  • New programs or innovations started by the applicants at the library in which he/she works;
  • Library experience.

Applicants must be personal members of ALSC, as well as ALA members to apply. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2017. For more information about the award requirements and submitting the online application, please visit the Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award Web page.

Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact me. We look forward to hearing from you!


Hanna Lee
2018 ALSC Grants Administration Committee Chair

In Progress List

Capitol Choices now uses Google Sheets to track nominations to our current (2019) recommended reading list.  Members are welcome to nominate books at any time using the Google Nomination Form, however please keep in mind that a book will not be discussed until the month after its publication to offer ample time for readers to consider the title.   The nomination lists for each meeting will close two weeks prior to the meeting date in order to allow time for readers to acquire and consider titles on the agenda.

To view each of the current year’s Agendas, simply select the appropriate month’s tab at the bottom of the Google Sheet.  All of the year’s nominated books are also viewable by Reading Groups  — again, simply select the appropriate tab at the bottom of the Sheet.  Our Agendas and reading lists will be updated regularly and we encourage meeting participants to check the Sheet and social media regularly to stay apprised of nominated titles.

To see the current nominations for each reading group, you may also go directly to that page by selecting the appropriate link from below.