2018 ALA Annual Conference

2018 ALA Annual Conference
June 21 - 26, 2018
New Orleans, LA

The 2018 ALA Annual Conference will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

Registration is now open at: http://2018.alaannual.org/

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

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program

Margarita Engle Headshot     Debbie Reese Headshot     Jason Reynolds Headshot     Ebony Thomas Headshot     Edith Campbell Headshot

Margarita Engle       Debbie Reese    Jason Reynolds   Ebony Thomas     Edith Campbell (moderator)

Considering All Children: A New Ideal in Evaluating and Engaging around Books for Youth
Monday, June 25, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Location TBA

Awards, best-of-the-year lists and reviews focus on "quality" and "excellence" in literature for youth, but what do “quality” and “excellence” really mean in the canon of American literature for children? Who is deciding which books stand out? How are some critics and some children privileged in our field’s thinking? How are some dismissed or made invisible? What does “American literature for children” even mean?  A panel of educator/activists and book creators will challenge us all to confront our biases as they explore common assumptions and current discourse, and consider what it would look like if we truly considered all children as we evaluate books and single out titles for distinction both within and beyond ALSC.  Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with speakers in a question-and-answer session.


Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Location TBA

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Reaching Kids and Families with Graphic Novel Programming

Graphic novels offer opportunities for kid- and family-focused library programming. Whether you are a comic book novice or seasoned reader looking for fresh ideas, you’ll leave with tips for organizing library graphic novel programs, talking about comics with kids, and teaching visual intelligence and literary devices using comics. Take home resources to feel confident with graphic novel programming, including booklists, extension activities, readers’ advisory tips, resources for finding fun, quality, inclusive, age-appropriate stuff, and more!


Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Location TBA

STEM for Babies and Toddlers: A powerful foundation for language and literacy

STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math) are a critical to success in our society, but the emphasis in programming and education has traditionally started with school-age children, and more recently, preschoolers. Now there is a growing body of research that shows something many early childhood educators have known for years: that STEM skills begin to form at birth, with many heightened opportunities for discovery and learning in the brain-building zero to three years. STEM activities can provide a powerful, experiential context for acquiring early language and literacy skills by creating opportunities for meaningful interactions between child and caregiver. The cognitive thinking skills that we now know begin in infancy lead to the abstract thinking that is critical to STEM and language learning. But what does STEM look like in practice with babies and toddlers? And how do we do it at the library? In this session, you will learn how to nurture very young children’s natural curiosity and find the “hidden STEM” in everyday play, exploration, and interactions with parents and caregivers. Hear what the research says, and how to turn research into practice through STEM programming, STEM kits, baby maker spaces, and STEM-focused “Playdates” for children 0-3. Learn how to bring STEM programming for babies and toddlers into your community by providing presentations for formal and informal childcare providers, and other outreach strategies to expand accessibility to groups with historically underrepresented access to quality STEM education in the early years.


Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Location TBA

An Invitation to Family Literacy: The Reading Ambassadors Program

Caregivers who value literacy visit libraries, while those who need support are often unaware of available resources. How do we help foster a culture of reading when language barriers or lack of education mean families aren’t equipped to support literacy? Our answer: empower emerging readers to become family storytellers. We’ll share a toolkit for you to replicate this program that prepares and motivates children to develop and share a love of reading in your community.


Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Location TBA

To Tech or Not to Tech: The debate and the research around technology, young children and the library

Concerned about children’s technology use and the role of the library? Troubled by this ongoing controversy? Want to be better informed so that you can mentor families about their media use? Come learn major research findings about technology use for ALL children and their caregivers. Pick up some tips on evaluating media for diversity and inclusion, and walk away with a resource list of research articles addressing technology use and children.


Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Location TBA

Kids Listen: Podcasts Amplify Engagement and Learning

Podcasts created for kids and often times by kids are emerging as valuable resources for transforming engagement and learning through listening, questioning, recording, reflecting and connecting with kids. By placing kids’ voices at the center of their work, podcast producers/hosts from Book Club for Kids, Brains On, and Buttons & Figs will share how they connect children with authors, artists, scientists and each other. The panelists will share how they create podcast episodes, how they engage kids, and how their techniques inspire creativity and learning. The panel includes an educator and librarians who will share stories about how on-demand podcast episodes can be used in the library or classroom to transform the way children engage with information, learning, and creativity. Learn how to locate and access kids podcasts and incorporate them into your library, programs, or lessons.


Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Location TBA

Let’s Talk About Race with Kids: Library Programs and Activities that support Parents, Caregivers, and Educators in Talking to Young People about Race

Young people are exposed to issues surrounding race, racism, bias, privilege and more in their daily lives, within their communities, and from the media. Parents, caregivers, and educators are often left explaining difficult topics to children and teens while still trying to understand these topics themselves. Adults need tools to help them reflect on their own backgrounds and experiences as well as how best to discuss these important, complex topics with young people in their lives. 
Learn concrete ideas for presenting programs and activities that provide tools and support for parents, caregivers, and educators to talk with young people about race -- from a diverse panel of library and community practitioners who have presented such programs. Research indicates both that children notice racial differences from a young age (Winkler, 2009) and that if caregivers do not openly talk about race with children, children make up their own, often erroneous, meaning from what they see (Bigler, as cited in Dwyer, 2013). Conversations about race and justice are important in order to create a world where diversity, equity, and inclusion are understood, supported, and upheld. Supporting adults in talking about race and justice with young people can be achieved at the library in multiple ways, from modeling talking about race during storytimes to large-scale “Talking with Kids about Race” workshops. Attendees will learn about these programs, the importance of these programs, and tips for talking about race and creating community partnerships. Attendees will leave with tools to present their own programs in their communities. 

Monday, June 25, 2018 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Location TBA

Early Literacy Outreach to Underserved and Unserved Families

Early literacy outreach to underserved and unserved families has been growing. Research suggests that interactive experiences with early literacy improves young children’s lives, and providing equitable access to library services is one of the ALA’s key action areas. Going beyond traditional in-library programs, innovative early literacy resources are currently being delivered in food pantries, WIC Centers, NICU units, laundromats, and apartment complexes. Discover the steps taken to set-up these programs and hear about the impact they have had on vulnerable communities.


Co-Sponsored Programs

2018 APALA President’s Program
Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. | Location TBA

Wandering Wonderland: How an Outsider Found Her Way In

Author and Illustrator, LeUyen Pham will focus on stories of her childhood, and how those experiences directly relate to the books she does today, the reason she picks such subject matter, and the angles she chooses to focus on being an immigrant informs much of what she sympathizes with in the publishing world, and how much her work tries to be all-inclusive in the manner that would have comforted her as a child.