|Award | Little d Mission | Kids Read Events | Past Recipients | Nomination/Selection | Denise McCoy Scholarship|
Established in 2005, the Denise McCoy Legacy Award honors the author of the previous year’s most humorous children’s book as selected by the committee. This event, as well as funds raised through the event, is used to expand children’s literacy programs in our area and the Denise McCoy Scholarship Fund.
The award was established to honor the beloved local independent bookstore owner Denise (denise) McCoy who preferred to spell her name with a little “d”. Denise was a strong advocate for children’s literacy and more than one third of her shop was allocated to children’s books. Denise was also involved in the literary portion of the 15-LOVE Program, the Book Power Club and is fondly remembered for her inspired readings to the children, particularly humorous books, which she adored, having an incredible sense of humor herself. Denise passed away suddenly in 2003. The Denise McCoy Legacy Award commemorates denise’s legacy for improving children’s literacy along with her fine humor.
The Denise McCoy Legacy Award ceremony will be held at a luncheon event during the Albany Children's Book Festival held every year the last Saturday in April.
Little d Mission
Our mission is to promote and improve children’s literacy and the love of reading, particularly in the inner city by engaging in the following activities:
1. Honoring an author of a humorous children’s book with the Denise McCoy Legacy Award in denise’s memory.
2. Sponsoring Kids Read Events in partnership with children's book authors, 15- LOVE, schools, libraries, and bookstores.
3. Encourage literacy through fun events like the Albany Children's Book Festival. Our children will have access to numerous authors, illustrators and fun literacy based activities on a yearly basis at the book festival.
4. Contribute to the Denise McCoy Scholarship as well as other literacy programs.
Kids Read Events
Past Recipients of the Denise McCoy Legacy Award
Mary Fellows, Manager of Youth and Family Services and Producer of Riverway Festival, heads up the nomination committee. Mary hails from the Upper Hudson Library System. The nomination committee consists of the Youth Services advisory Council of the Upper Hudson Library System. This group of librarians serving children, teens, and families in the public libraries of Albany and Rennselaer Counties use their extensive knowledge of children’s books to develop a short list of kids’ favorite books.
The members of the Little d committee then read the nominated books and a winner is chosen by consensus. This year there will also be a weighted vote from a panel of children from the program Creative Minds in Action program at North Albany Academy.
Denise McCoy "Little d" Memorial Scholarship
In 2004, the Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation (CRYTF), which operates the 15-LOVE Program, in cooperation with Kevin McCoy, Denise McCoy's husband, established a scholarship fund in her memory. 15-LOVE and Denise share a passion for education and the belief that anyone with the desire to attend an institution of higher education should be able to find resources available to help make that happen.
Each year, CRYTF seeks to award scholarships to deserving students who have participated in the 15-LOVE program at any point during their lives. The scholarship is generally given for four years, and typical awards are $1,000 per academic year (for a total of $4,000). Scholarship recipients are expected to maintain contact with 15-LOVE annually to report on their progress while in school, through a January progress report.
Students interested in applying for the 2012 scholarship should check back in December for application forms.