Getting Together | February 2019

ALA Annual Conference | Arbuthnot Lecture Date Set for April 13 | Families Learning Conference 

ALA Annual Conference: Register Now and Save 

ALA Annual Conference and ExhibitionEarly Bird Registration rates for the 2019 Annual Conference, June 20-25, in Washington, DC, are available until noon (Central time) on March 6. Register now to save.

Need to make your case to attend? Visit the Annual Conference website for examples that show how you can be considered more valuable to your institution after attending an ALA conference.

Some ALSC Annual Conference highlights include...

ALSC Preconference: With Gratitude: Honoring Stories that Connect Us
Friday, June 21, 2019 | 11:30 am – 4:00 pm | Location TBA
Join us in conversation with authors, illustrators, and publishers as we celebrate and explore the 2019 Batchelder, Caldecott, Geisel, Newbery, Pura Belpré, and Sibert Honor Books.

Tickets are available for purchase through ALA Conference registration webpage.

ALSC members: $120
ALA members: $175
Non-members: $200

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  • Keep it LOCAL: Designing effective outreach for children and families in your communities
  • Nourishing Literacy: Cooking with youth in your library
  • Ready To Learn: Public media and library partnerships for early science and literacy learning
  • Talking with Kids about Race: A 'how to' workshop
  • Writing Boxes: How libraries can create diverse, welcoming, intergenerational programming to inspire writing as an integral part of supporting literacy and family engagement

Award Ceremonies

  • Pura Belpre Award Celebracion
  • Newbery Caldecott Legacy Banquet
  • ALSC Awards Program

For more details on these events and others as they become available, please visit the ALSC @ Annual Conference webpage.

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2019 Arbuthnot Lecture Set for April 13 

Debbie ReeseDebbie Reese, PhD, founder of American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) blog, will deliver the 2019 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, hosted by the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in Madison. The title of the lecture is "An Indigenous Critique of Whiteness in Children's Literature."

Complimentary tickets will be available soon upon request. Watch the 2019 Lecture webpage, which will include a link to ticket information when it is available. 

Dr. Reese is a longtime advocate for Native representation and is a former teacher and university professor. She earned her PhD in Education from the University of Illinois, where she also helped establish the Native American House and American Indian Studies program. Dr. Reese also holds an M.Ed degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She is tribally enrolled at Nambe Owingeh Pueblo in New Mexico.

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Families Learning Conference - Call for Proposals 

National Center for Families Learning 2019 ConferencePlanning is underway for the 2019 Families Learning Conference, to be held November 4 to November 6 in Louisville, Kentucky. The mission of the conference is to equip educators, program staff, librarians, parent leaders, and others with best practices, strategies, and resources to help families succeed in accomplishing their educational goals. To achieve this mission, the National Center for Families Learning is calling on its network and peers to submit presentation proposals reflecting best practices in engaging families in education.

Detailed information, including key dates, content strands, selection criteria, and presenter requirements, can be found at the conference website. Hurry, the proposal submission deadline is March 1. 

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