Clinton, Tenn., to Host ALSC 2009 Arbuthnot Lecturer Myers

Diane Foote, Executive Director
Association for Library Service to Children
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-2162
dfoote@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
July 29, 2008

Clinton, Tenn., to Host ALSC 2009 Arbuthnot Lecturer Myers

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen  Clinton, Tenn., as the site of the 2009 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.

Walter Dean Myers, renowned author of outstanding fiction, poetry and nonfiction for children and young adults, will deliver the lecture,  hosted by the Langston Hughes Library of the Children’s Defense Fund Haley Farm with the support of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Knox County Public Library.
The lecture will be held in the Riggio-Lynch Interfaith Chapel, designed by noted architect Maya Lin, on April 18, 2009, and will be preceded by remarks from Children’s Defense Fund Founder and President Marian Wright Edelman.

The Langston Hughes Library of the Children’s Defense Fund, a national nonprofit organization that advocates for the welfare of all children, is a special library housed in a traditional cantilever barn redesigned by  Lin.  The library has established a reputation for offering opportunities to gather for discussions and workshops on literature and literacy and their importance to society.  It will celebrate its 10th anniversary in the spring of 2009.  The Haley Farm and Langston Hughes Library art collection includes original artwork by Bryan Collier, Tom Feelings, Tyrone Geter and Jacob Lawrence.

Lecture attendance is free, but tickets must be reserved ahead of time. Information about reserving tickets will be posted when available on the ALSC Web site at www.ala.org/alsc.

Members of the 2009 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee are: Chair Amy Kellman, Children’s Literature Consultant, Pittsburgh, PA; Bruce Farrar, Manager of Branch Services, Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX; JoAnn Jonas, Children’s Specialist, Chula Vista Public Library, Bonita CA; Ellen Riordan, Coordinator of Children’s Services, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD; and Sue Sherif, Head of Library Development, Alaska State Library, Anchorage, AK.