Meeting of the Society - March 14, 2004
The Randolph Caldecott Society of America held its Annual General Meeting/Caldecott Birthday Celebration on March 14th at the St. Johns County Main Public Library. The purpose of the society is to bring together those people who are dedicated to the remembrance, appreciation, and promotion of the art of Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886), nineteenth-century English illustrator, artist, and sculptor. Caldecott is buried in St. Augustine’s Evergreen Cemetery.
The group was welcomed to the Main Library by Library Branch Manager, Valerie Peischel. Lisa Calvert, Children’s Librarian, Randolph Caldecott Children’s Room, St. Johns County Main Public Library, introduced the 2004 Caldecott Medal winning books. The American Library Association announced these winners in January and the medals will be awarded to winning book illustrators at the ALA annual summer conference. These awards are given annually to the artists of the “most distinguished” American Picture Books for Children. Mordicai Gerstein, illustrator and author of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, was the winner of the 2004 Randolph Caldecott Gold Medal. Three Caldecott Honor Books were named: Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, illustrated and written by Margaret Chodos-Irvine; What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?, illustrated and written by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page; Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, illustrated and written by Mo Willems.
The local Caldecott Society will purchase the above winning books for placement in the Randolph Caldecott Children’s Room at the St. Johns County Main Public Library, in St. Augustine.
Special out of town guests in attendance were Judy Caldecott Fleming and her husband, Alan, from Toronto, Canada.

The program, “Randolph’s Florentine Adventures” was presented by Art and Anne Boccieri, and Winifred Blackwell, all of whom have visited Florence, Italy. Anne assisted the group in locating sites on a map of Florence which were visited by Caldecott, in the late 1800s, and shared Caldecott’s letters written from these sites. Personal photographs of a visit to Florence were shared by Winifred. Special Florentine Desserts were enjoyed after the program provided by the presenters.

Refreshments for the social time prior to the meeting were provided by Linda Ginn, Gwen Reichert, and Dorothy Taylor.
Gwen and Some Guests
Alan and Judy Caldecott Fleming

Anne Boccieri during presentation

Refreshment table attended by Dorothy Taylor

The Caldecott Society has placed a Birthday floral arrangement on the Caldecott grave in Evergreen Cemetery. The society jointly awards an annual Caldecott Art Award, to a local student, along with the First Coast Pilot Club of St. Augustine.

The next general meeting will be held in March 2005.

Anyone interested in more information concerning the Caldecott Society is invited to contact Gwen P. Reichert, President or Arthur R. Boccieri, Vice President.

Submitted by:Gwen P. Reichert, President, RCSA
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