Working the monkeys overtime

By Carmen Comment

I already mocked this mercilessly at my own blog a couple of months back, but with Library Journal trying to coax its member librarians into vying for the 25 grand offered to them, it bears repeating:

Are you a librarian who loves getting patrons jazzed about books? Then you might have $25K coming your way: the Time Warner Book Group (TWBG) and best-selling author James Patterson have created a new annual award “intended to single out and support people, companies, schools, and other institutions [i.e., libraries] [that] find original and effective ways to promote the excitement of books.” Dubbed the James Patterson Page Turner Awards, the annual prizes offer serious cash in three categories:

$25,000 to a person, company, or institution that presents books to the public in an exciting and original way.
$25,000 to an elementary school, middle school, or high school that inculcates the joy of reading for pleasure in its students. The winning school will also win a visit from Patterson for a day of reading, signing, and talking about books.
$25,000 in the form of 25 $1000 merit awards to individuals and institutions making notable contributions to promoting the excitement of books.

Full details about the award and nomination process are available here.

And remember, it won’t be Patterson judging but appointed delegates who get the honors.