The 2014 Committee

The selection committee consists of librarians, booksellers, literacy advocates, reviewers, and/or authors. The chairperson of the committee is appointed by the president of the Maine Library Association for a three year term beginning in 2013. The president of the Maine Library Association is an ex-officio member of the committee.

Valerie Osborne, Chair
Maine State Library, Northeastern Maine Library District

Andi Jackson-Darling
Maine Library Association, Past President
Falmouth Public Library

Kara Kugelmeyer
Thorndike Press/Gale/Cengage Learning

Mamie Anthoine Ney
Auburn Public Library

Bill Wood, Board Member
Southern Maine Library District

Debbie Taylor
Sherman’s Books and Stationery
Bar Harbor

Monica Wood, Author

Kathleen Kramer
Harrison Village Library

Kenny Brechner
DDG Booksellers

William D. Bushnell
Book Reviewer

Sally Leahey
McArthur Library

Joseph Hessert
ARDOR Literary Magazine

Tina Branco
South Thomaston Public Library
Book Reviewer @Tutu’s Two Cents
South Thomaston

Thomas Avila-Beck
Freelance Writer

Nina Sachs
Walker Memorial Library

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Charlie Campo
Maine Library Commission

Debbie Averill
Maine Library Commission

Renee DesRoberts
McArthur Library

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Literacy Advocate
South Portland


  1. Nancy Hudak - August 18, 2013

    Thanks for creating this award; I’m looking forward to reading the books that made both lists. Do you anticipate that Maine libraries will have all of them?

    Now for a pet peeve: there is a LOT of Maine north of Orono. I hope the 2014 Committee will include at least a few people from Aroostook and Washington Counties.

    • Valerie Osborne - August 19, 2013

      The committee was not based on location around the state. It was based on folks who came together with like minds to begin this award. No thought was given to where someone lived. Where they live is not relevant. If there is someone who can make a huge commitment of time, carry through on the assignments, and be able to defend his or her choices in a meaningful way–then have him or her email the chair of the committee. Should there be an opening on the committee the person will be considered regardless of where he/she lives.

      Thank you.

  2. Elaine McCarty - November 6, 2013

    I am really excited to be able to comment on the books and be part of the evolution of this award. Is there a time line for paring down the long, long to just long and finally to the shortlist. So far I’ve read about 6 on the list and have another ten or so on my waiting to be read list. I could comment on the ones I’ve finished so far or wait till I’ve read more of them.

    Great work! Thanks Elaine McCarty

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