Not going to be in Denver for the ALA Media Awards on January 26th? You know, the event where they start passing out all the big children’s book awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott? You’re not alone. I won’t be attending on account of I’m 27 years old and the current value of my change jar may rival that of my savings account. But now, with the help of modern technology, we can still take part. Watch the 2009 American Library Association Youth Media Awards live. From the ALA website:

The American Library Association (ALA) will provide a free live Webcast of its national announcement of the top books and media for children and young adults on Monday, January 26 at 7:45 a.m. MT.

Online visitors will be able to view the live Webcast the morning of the announcements by going to This link is not yet live, but those interested in following the action online should bookmark and use the URL. The number of available connections for the Webcast will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Don’t forget to bookmark that link. I watched last year’s webcast and I wholeheartedly recommend it. Now I’m off to find the nearest Coinstar machine to start saving for 2010. Boston, here I come!