ALSC to host a variety of great programs and events at ALA Annual

Jenny Najduch
ALSC Marketing Specialist
(312) 280-4026
jnajduch@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
June 22, 2009

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is hosting a number of great programs and events at ALA Annual Conference this year, including ALSC 101, the ALSC Charlemae Rollins President’s Program and the Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet.Â

ALSC 101: Making Connections, held from 5-6 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the Westin River North in Promenade B/C, is a program for anyone new to ALSC and looking to learn more about the association and meet other members. The session will provide you with information about the perks of membership, tips on how to get involved in the organization, and tricks of the trade for navigating Annual Conference.

Also on Friday, July 10 is the ALSC Happy Hour, from 6-8 p.m. at the Weather Mark Tavern. Stop by and grab a drink with friends old and new. This event is free and open to anyone who would like to attend. Drinks and meals are not sponsored by ALSC but we would love to see you there! For more on the Weather Mark Tavern, including drink specials and location information, visit their Web site at www.weathermarktavern.com.Â

The Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet will take place from 6-11 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, at the Sheraton Chicago, in the Chicago Ballroom. This gala evening celebrates the 2009 Newbery and Caldecott award medalist and honorees, as well as the Wilder award winner. Tickets to this event are $94 and must be purchased through registration ahead of time.

The ALSC Charlemae Rollins President’s Program featuring Melba Pattillo Beals, part of the ALA Auditorium Speaker Series, will be offered from 8-9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 13, at McCormick Place West in W375. Ms. Beals walked her way into the history books in 1957 as one of the courageous students who faced down furious segregationists, the Arkansas National Guard and the Governor of Arkansas in order to integrate Little Rock Central High School. Now an acclaimed author and university professor, she will discuss her fight for civil rights in the US. This is one program every librarian should attend.

Other things to keep your eyes out for at Annual Conference include ALSC’s new Born to Read materials and the launch of phase two of the Kids! @ your library public awareness campaign. There will also be great ALSC giveaways in the ALA Membership Booth (#3034). Other programs about library service to children, taking place at Annual Conference, are listed on the ALSC Web site. View a printable version by visiting: www.tinyurl.com/alscannual09

ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,300 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit their Web site at www.ala.org/alsc.