Getting Together | June 2013
Oakland to Host 2014 ALSC Institute
ALSC’s 2014 National Institute will be held in Oakland, California. More than 300 children's librarians and educators will participate in this two and a half day event that features programming, keynotes, networking, and much more—all in one setting!
The Institute is one of the only conferences devoted solely to children's librarianship, literature, and technology and is designed for front-line youth library staff, children’s literature experts, education and library school faculty members, and others.
For information as it becomes available, visit http://www.ala.org/alsc/institute. We know budget planning happens early; if you have specific questions about price estimates, please contact Jenny Najduch, 800-545-2433, x4026 or jnajduch at ala.org.
National Book Festival
The 13th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, between 9th and 14th streets on the National Mall. The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.
Renowned authors and poets Margaret Atwood, Marie Arana, Taylor Branch, Don DeLillo, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Carol Oates, Katherine Paterson, and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will be among more than 100 writers speaking at the event. There also will be appearances by Katherine Applegate, Susan Cooper, Brian Floca, Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Cynthia Kadohata, Jon Klassen, Kirby Larson, Grace Lin, Rafael Lopez, Christopher Myers, Andrea and Brian Pinkney, Jon and Casey Scieszka, and many more.
Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, have photos taken with PBS storybook characters, and participate in a variety of activities. An estimated 210,000 people attended in 2012.
Details about the festival can be found at www.loc.gov/bookfest/. The site offers a variety of features, and new material will be added as authors continue to join this year’s lineup.
The 13th Library of Congress National Book Festival is part of a larger Library of Congress “Celebration of the Book” in 2012 and 2013. This year’s celebration is focused on “Books That Shaped the World.