Dorothy Helfeld Fellowships

Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California

Children’s Librarianship – Is it for you?

The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL) invites students of children’s librarianship and/or children’s literature to apply for one of up to three annual membership fellowships. Discover a network of active Bay Area children’s librarians who meet monthly to share their passion for children’s literature and libraries.
The annual fellowships cover the cost of a year's membership in ACL, the 11 issues of its review publication BayViews, and attendance at the annual Institute and Performers Showcase.

Who is eligible?

Anyone currently in library school who may be considering working with children; librarians considering a possible change from adult to children’s work; para-professionals working in school libraries; teachers who may be considering moving to school or public library positions; college students who may be considering library work with children.
The winner of this fellowship is expected to attend monthly meetings in the East Bay and to review books and partake in the business of the organization to a reasonable extent.

Dorothy Helfeld

The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL) offers three annual membership fellowships in tribute to Dorothy Helfeld, a member and reviewer for this organization from 1992 until her death in 2008. Dorothy’s library experience spanned several decades and locales. Her ACL reviews reflected her passion for presenting the best to children and her always-growing knowledge of story and authors, which she also shared in her contributions to the annual Institute bibliographies. To Dorothy, reading offered boundless opportunity for celebrating, untangling and enduring the complicated knot of life. The fellowships in her memory allow the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California to extend Dorothy’s excitement about children and their books to those at the beginning of their involvement in the field which meant so much to her.

Applications are available online at They must be received by Monday, June 9, 2014. They will be reviewed by a 3-person committee in the early summer and the winners will be announced in mid-August. The fellowship will begin in September 2014 and go through December 2015. For further information, please contact the fellowship committee at

About us

ACL has met monthly in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1930s to review newly published children's books. Reviews are published in the journal BayViews which includes a section for storytime ideas, library and book-related news of interest to our members, and announcements of various meetings or group activities. ACL also hosts an annual Institute on a subject of timely interest to children's librarians, teachers and other adults who work with children and books. Leading authors and individuals closely tied to the subject of the Institute are invited to speak and library materials supporting each year’s topic are highlighted.