2015 ALA Annual Conference

Attention Program Organizers! - Visit the program organizer webpage to access the planning guide and equipment order forms.

Preconference

Also Truly Distinguished: An Afternoon with ALSC, Honoring the 2015 Honor Winners
June 26, 2015 | 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
 
The 2015 Honor Book recipients for the Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Geisel, Batchelder and Pura Belpre awards get their moment in the sun (or San Francisco fog) as we honor them, and the history and tradition of ALSC Honor Books and their creators.

Registration
Category Early Bird Advance Onsite
Member $175 $175 $175
Non-Member $200 $200 $200

ALSC members: please use the special code ALSC2015 to receive the price of $120.

Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet

Sunday, June 28, 2015 | 6:00 - 11:00 pm 
 
This annual grand celebration honors the 2015 Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder Medalists and Honorees - creators of the year’s most distinguished books for children.
 
Have a question about the Banquet?  Please visit the Banquet's frequently asked questions page.

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program

Photo of Melissa SweetPhoto of Judy CheathamMore to the Core: From the Craft of Nonfiction to the Expertise in the Stacks
Monday, June 29, 2015 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Awarding winning author and illustrator Melissa Sweet (far left) and literacy advocate Judy Cheatham (left), VP of Literacy Services at Reading is Fundamental, share the stage to present an informing and inspiring look at the creation of excellent nonfiction and the matchmaking of great books and kids who need them. Libraries’ role in innovative implementation of programs and services to support the Common Core Standards is a central skill and an important contribution to the communities we serve.  Even if CCS isn’t a part of your educational landscape, great nonfiction books – how they are created and ways to connect them to children and families is central to our craft and critical to our ability to collaborate with our communities. Let’s be inspired together!

Programs 

Saturday, June 27

1-2:30 p.m.

Passion, Purpose and Partnership: All around Town, All around the State. The All Around Town, All Around the State initiative began with Richland Library's passion for bringing books and children together. Richland Library, the Columbia Museum of Art and the South Carolina State Library partnered to reach more than 2,500 at-risk third-grade students in S.C. This cross-curricular literacy program was designed to introduce children to the work of two celebrated African-American artists--Dinah Johnson and Richard Samuel Roberts, and to promote literacy across South Carolina.

The Raising of America: How Libraries Can Make a Difference for Our Babies and Young Children. Come view a screening of the groundbreaking PBS documentary -- "The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation" -- followed by a moderated discussion on how libraries can play pivotal roles in building safe, secure and nurturing communities so all kids have the opportunity for a strong start. Join the filmmakers, child development experts, and the California State Library's 'Early Learning with Families' staff in conversation.

Sunday, June 28

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Managing the Future: Supporting Your Youth Services Innovators. Youth Services Librarians are innovative by nature. They work collaboratively to come up with some seriously out of the box library services, working to fit their offerings to their customers’ needs. How can supervisors and systems support and nourish these librarians, so that their most forward-thinking minds don’t get discouraged and leave or calcify? How can youth services librarians sell their outrageous ideas so that managers understand and support them?
 
1-2 p.m.
 
Summer Learning: A Family Affair. Your library’s summer reading program is an opportunity for families to enjoy learning and enrichment activities together. Without these summer learning experiences, children often slip down the “summer slide” and return to school unprepared to learn at grade level. Families want the best for their children, but they may lack the tools to prevent summer learning loss. In this session, you will learn how to use your library’s summer reading program to increase parent engagement and promote family literacy.
 
3-4 p.m.
 
We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) Presents: How to Move from Talk to Action. WNDB believes that librarians are in a perfect position to be the wave of change needed to bring diverse books to center stage. Not only by reaching out to those readers who traditionally do not see themselves reflected in children's literature, but by bringing diversity to all children. Attendees will discuss how best to book talk diverse books and will be given strategies to engage in constructive dialogue with regards to those diverse books (classic and modern) that may perpetuate stereotypes. Panelists will also discuss issues of privilege, bias, and cultural context and the importance of the ongoing need for diverse narratives.