2019 ALA Annual Conference

2019 ALA Annual Conference
June 20 - 25, 2019
Washington, DC

Full schedule of ALSC meetings and events

Registration is now open at: http://2019.alaannual.org/

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

ALSC Preconference

With Gratitude: Honoring Stories that Connect Us

Friday, June 21, 2019 | 11:30 am – 4:00 pm | HIL International Ballroom East
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.

More information is available on the preconference website.

Tickets are available for purchase through ALA Conference registration at www.alaannual.org.

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

Advance tickets will be available through 11:59am CT on Friday, June 14, 2019. Advance tickets are recommended, as onsite ticket sales will be limited.


ALSC 101

Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | WCC 154A-B

Annual conference can be a big place with so much to do! One must for any librarian serving youth is ALSC 101! At ALSC 101, we'll help you sort it all out. Learn about navigating Annual Conference, the perks of ALSC membership, and how to get involved. Plus, you'll get to know your peers and potentially win some prizes!


Pura Belpré Celebración

Sunday, June 23, 2019 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | MAR Liberty BR Salons M-P
Join ALSC and REFORMA in celebrating the 2019 Pura Belpré Medal winners and honorees as they receive their awards and deliver their acceptance speeches. The Celebración is a free, joyful event featuring acceptance speeches by winners and honorees, musical performances and book signing.


Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet

Sunday, June 23, 2019 | 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. | MAR Marquis Ballrm Full
Join us for this gala occasion celebrating Newbery, Caldecott and Children's Literature Legacy medalists and honorees, authors and illustrators of the year's most distinguished books for children! Cocktails (cash bar) available prior to dinner; Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door and a limited number of tickets will be available at onsite registration until noon Friday. Pre-registration required. $96 individual tickets (non-assigned seating). Reserved table seating (ten seats) available. Table Reservations must be made directly with the ALSC office. For more information about individual ticket sales, banquet table sales, and additional banquet FAQs, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/banquet


2019 ALSC Awards Presentation

Monday, June 24, 2019 | 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. | WCC 147A 
Celebrate the best in Children's literature at the annual presentation of the Batchelder, Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media, Geisel, and Sibert awards! Join us at 8:00am for a continental breakfast and a chance to mingle with your favorite authors and illustrators. The awards presentation will promptly start 8:30a.m. and is open to all registered attendees.


ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program

Subversive Activism: Creating Social Change Through Libraries, Children’s Literature, and Art

Headshot_Nicole Cooke   Headshot_Janina Farinas   Headshot_Yuyi Morales credit Gustavo Barrios      

Monday, June 24, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | WCC 147A
This high energy presentation examines activism and social change through multiple lenses: first from two scholarly leaders, Dr. Nicole Cooke from Library & Information Science, and Dr. Janina Fariñas from Pediatric Neuropsychology, then from acclaimed children’s book author/illustrator Yuyi Morales, and finally, from Dr. Karin Perry’s sketchnoting that will document this dynamic event. 


Odyssey Award Presentation and Program

Monday, June 24, 2019 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. | WCC 147B
Celebrate the spoken word at the 2019 Odyssey Award Presentation featuring clips from the 2019 winners. The Odyssey Award is presented annually to the best audiobook production for youth and co-administered by YALSA and ALSC and is sponsored by Booklist magazine. 



Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | WCC 150B

The Urgency of History: How Librarians Prepare Kids for Their Times

The past is prologue. But whose past and told in whose voice? How do you determine truth? What’s fact or fake, balanced or biased, narrow-minded or inclusive, detached or empathic? Drawing on personal experience, award-winning authors discuss the complex, often controversial process of unpacking and presenting history in fiction and nonfiction. Drawing on work in school and public libraries, they offer librarians tested, easy-to-replicate ideas to excite kids about their connection to history and propel them to write untold stories. This program focuses on how to nurture critical thinking skills, vital in these turbulent times. Panelists include: Gennifer Choldenko (author), Varian Johnson (author), Marissa Moss (author), Elizabeth Partidge (author), and Sharon Robinson (author). This program will be moderated by Susan Faust.


Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | WCC 147B

Talking with Kids about Race: A 'how to' workshop

Move from the “what” to the “how” of talking with kids about race in this dynamic workshop. A panel of facilitators, with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, workplaces, and experiences, will lead an examination of how to talk about and address race and racism with young people. Presenters will cover individual and systemic racism, intersectionality, and white fragility, as well as participant-guided topics to give attendees concrete tools and the confidence to address these issues with young people in the communities they serve. Hands-on, interactive activities will give the participants experience and first-hand knowledge to bring back to their institutions and implement immediately. Participants will be able to apply the knowledge they gain from this program in many contexts including through formal programming, in one-on-one interactions with the youth that they serve, as well as with the community at large, colleagues, and the leadership of their institutions. This work will contribute to the equity and inclusion of libraries, schools, and, ultimately, the communities that we serve and will create welcoming spaces for all youth, including those young people from marginalized and underserved communities.


Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | WCC 150B

Keep it LOCAL: Designing effective outreach for children and families in your communities

Libraries are increasingly focused on partnerships and outreach to children and families in underserved communities and support literacy, STEM, and family engagement. What steps are you taking to connect with your underserved communities and understand their needs and aspirations? Come to our launch of ALSC’s newest white paper, learn about what others are doing, and share your own strategies to serve children and families where they are, build effective partnerships, and ultimately strengthen communities. 


Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | WCC 145A

Writing Boxes: How libraries can create diverse, welcoming, intergenerational programming to inspire writing as an integral part of supporting literacy and family engagement

Librarians who serve children understand one of their core missions is to support reading. Reading is one part of literacy as is writing, listening, and communication. Writing experiences support family engagement, community engagement, close the education gap, facilitate literacy, and support out-of-school learning across the curriculum including STEM. Join youth service librarians, Lisa Von Drasek (Curator, Children's Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries), Jennifer Brown (Children’s Librarian, Bank Street College of Education), poet Nikki Grimes, author/activist and founder of 826 National Dave Eggers, and the inaugural Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author Jon Scieszka as they provide easy and inexpensive replicable program templates to promote, encourage, and facilitate writing in libraries. 


Sunday, June 23, 2019 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | WCC 146C

Nourishing Literacy: Cooking with youth in your library

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center is dedicated to advancing literacy through food and cooking. Nourishing Literacy is the Culinary Literacy Center’s school visit program for Pre-K through 8th grade students, offering cooking classes featuring academic standards, nutrition concepts, and library resources. In this workshop, members of the Nourishing Literacy team will share best practices for our school visits and outreach classes that library staff can use to execute a similar program. Ideas for applying practical, engaging culinary activities in library settings will be provided, as well as hands-on interaction with materials, and small food tastes!


Sunday, June 23, 2019 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | WCC 143C

Ready To Learn: Public media and library partnerships for early science and literacy learning

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when libraries and public media stations partner to support early science and literacy learning. The CPB-PBS Ready To Learn initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, supports these partnerships by funding free, research-based learning resources and developing a new collaborative model of community engagement serving low-income neighborhoods. Library and station representatives from Kentucky and Tennessee, along with representatives from the CPB and PBS, will discuss how they've cultivated effective partnerships and demonstrate free resources and tools to better serve the early learning needs of low-income families with children ages 2 to 8.


Sunday, June 23, 2019 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | WCC 146C

Authentically Celebrating African American Culture with Coretta Scott King Nonfiction Books In Your Library and Classroom

Celebrating 50 years in 2019, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards has selected the best books by and about African Americans since 1970. Join this session to learn about the superb nonfiction books that have been recognized by this award, and take back to your library ready-to-use materials that make it easy and culturally relevant to feature them in your library program and/or classroom instruction. Primary source author interviews will be emphasized. This event is produced in partnership with the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Book Awards, a committee of the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table.


2020 ALA Annual Conference Call for Proposals

The Program Coordinating Committee is now accepting proposal submissions for the 2020 Annual Conference, June 25 - 30, 2020, in Chicago, Illinois. For more information and to submit a proposal, click here. Note: ALSC's Call for Proposals is being hosted through ALA's Call for Proposals. The deadline to submit content will be September 10, 2019 12:00 Midnight (CST). Please use this submission site and select "ALSC" as your submission unit.