35TH RECEPIENT OF BOOK FESTIVAL'S SILVER MEDALLION
By David Tisdale
- For author Lois Lowry, being named the
35th Southern Miss Children's Book Festival Silver Medallion winner
is a validation of her work in the field of children's literature.
an award not just for a book, but for a whole body of work, for
someone who's been plugging away for many years," she said.
"That's really important to an author."
Lowry was awarded the 1994 Newbery Medal for The Giver and the 1990
Newbery Medal for Number the Stars. She lives and writes in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. Her latest work is The Silent Boy.
praised the efforts of Southern Miss in hosting the festival. This
year the event was held at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention
Center, where Lowry addressed more than 600 visitors at the eventl.
great to see so many people enthused about literature for children,"
cited an increase in honesty and less moralism as some of the biggest
changes in children's literature over the years. And in an age of
increasing violence both at home and around the world, children
are able to turn to books to help them cope. "There's more
awareness that children are faced with very uncertain and difficult
times now, and can use literature to find ways to deal with those
things," she said.
festival, now known as the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival,
includes an award that recognizes the distinguished accomplishments
in promoting children's reading by librarians and teachers in Mississippi
schools and by children's librarians in the public libraries of
Mississippi. The financial support of Kaigler of Gloster, a retired
educator, has made the award possible.
year's winner was Gerrie Weldon, a librarian at Bayou View Elementary
in Gulfport. She received $1,000 with the award, half of which she
will use to provide additional books for her library. She is the
sixth recipient of the award.
an honor to be chosen among such hard-working people who connect
children to books everyday of their lives," Weldon said.
is well known for her love of children. In retirement, she continues
to promote books and reading in her local public library. Her friend,
Ruth Lamont, who for many years was a successful school librarian
in Baton Rouge, La., shares her passion for making books integral
to children's lives. The Kaigler-Lamont Award recognizes distinguished
accomplishments in promoting children's reading by librarians and
teachers in Mississippi schools and by children's librarians in
the public libraries of the state.
PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10
-- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead
two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on
Wednesday, March 10.
He will present
a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then
a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at
7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.
the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium
at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003
photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer
questions and sign his books during the reception following his
fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL.
Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks.
Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward
beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees
will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the
more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I
lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."
participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless
they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.
a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between
shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition,
use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography,
techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide
etiquette, the photography business and marketing.
up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern
Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his
career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with
nature photography for the past 29 years.
of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from
all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications
such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana
Outdoors and Life.
He has published
six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the
Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo
Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said
Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.
his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins
sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach
to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural
The GCRL is
home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center
for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial
Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also
a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss
College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the
laboratory at (228) 872-4200.