Getting Together | February 2014

Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable | National Latino Children's Literature ConferenceAssociation of Children’s Librarians of Northern California | "Kids & Technology" Conference - New England | Virginia Hamilton Conference | ALSC National Institute  

Children's Lit & the Digital Age 

Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable (VCLR) will present "Serendipity 2014: Children’s Literature in a Digital Age" on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the UBC Education Building, Vancouver, BC.
From practical advice on using literature-based apps with children to learning how authors and illustrators are using social media and electronic publishing, Serendipity 2014 is an all-day event for educators, librarians, researchers, and literature lovers looking to the future of books for young people. For further details, visit the VCLR website.  

National Latino Children's Literature Conference 

Connecting Cultures & Celebrating Cuentos - conference websiteOn March 13-14, 2014, librarians, teachers, educators, researchers, authors, and illustrators from across the nation will gather in Tuscaloosa, Ala. to celebrate the rich traditions and diversity within the Latino cultures at the National Latino Children’s Literature Conference: Connecting Cultures & Celebrating Cuentos. Attendees will explore contemporary trends in Latino children's book publishing and begin the timely conversation on the important questions: Why is youth literature about Latino cultures on the decline while the Latino population continues to grow? What can we do to increase the number of Latino children’s books published each year? What is the role of Latino children’s and young adult literature in the lives of contemporary youth (children and teens)?
By attending the National Latino Children's Literature Conference, participants have the chance to meet award-winning Latino authors and illustrators, attend informative breakout sessions, engage in exclusive networking opportunities, explore the latest research, and celebrate cultural literacy in a Día community event. Come deepen your understanding of the Latino cultures and celebrate their rich diversity within our classrooms and libraries. 
For more information, please visit the conference website

ACL Institute to Address Common Core 

2014 ACL Institute - flyer imageThe Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL) is hosting its annual institute at the San Francisco Main Public Library on Friday, March 14, 2014. "Your Library Is the Common Core: CCSS, STEM/STEAM, and How Libraries Fit in with the New Push Toward Non-Fiction" will focus on the emphasis of more information books in the classroom, with special attention on how school and public librarians can assist their local schools in the adoption of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The morning will feature speakers including author Marc Aronson; hands-on STEM/STEAM activities will take place in the afternoon.

Keep up on developing details by visiting the Institute website.

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"Kids and Technology" Conference 

NELA - New England Library Association logoThe New England Roundtable of Teen and Children’s Librarians (part of the New England Library Association) Spring One-Day Conference, “Kids and Technology,” will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Worcester State University from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join us for a full day of presentations about the pros/cons of technology; how we as librarians can better serve teachers and students who are using technology in the classroom; what free resources and social media can be used in the children’s room; and the ever-shifting world of eBooks and what you need to know for your library. For complete details and registration, visit the conference website
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Virginia Hamilton Conference 

Virginia Hamilton Conference - website imageKent State University’s 30th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth will be held April 3-4, 2014, at the Kent Student Center in Kent, Ohio. The conference provides a forum for discussion of multicultural themes and issues in literature for children and young adults. “Pearls of Wisdom” is the theme for this year’s conference, which features Christopher Paul Curtis, David Diaz, and Andrea Pinkney.
For more information, go to the conference website. Scroll to the bottom of the page for registration information.

Expanding Our Worlds, Creating Community: 2014 ALSC Institute 

2014 ALSC National Institute - Oakland, CaliforniaJoin ALSC for its 2014 National Institute in Oakland, Calif. on September 18-20, 2014. The Institute is everything you need in one place--programming, keynotes, networking, and much more.

  • Education programs will focus on a host of topics, from grant writing to summer lunch at the library, from STEAM programming to technology in children's spaces.
  • Presentations will be made by Steve Sheinkin, Tim Federle, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Rita Williams-Garcia, Gene Luen Yang, Mac Barnett, Daniel Handler, Jennifer Holm, and Andrea Davis Pinkney.
  • ALSC Connection--free, team-building events--will bring attendees together for fun and networking, opportunities to unwind and enjoy the company of fellow Institute-goers.
  • Special events include a trip to Oakland's own Fairyland, featuring close to 40 storybook sets and acres of gardens, and an onsite bookstore and signings.

Hurry, the early bird discount registration rate is available until June 30, 2014. For complete details, visit the Institute website


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