Drawn to Delight: 2010 ALSC preconference

CONTACT:
Jenny Najduch
                                                                  ALSC Marketing Specialist
(312) 280-4026
JNajduch@ala.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2010   

CHICAGO— The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will present its 2010 Annual Conference Preconference, Drawn to Delight: How Picturebooks Work (And Play) Today, from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 25, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  The ALSC preconference will provide a one-of-a-kind look into the world of picturebooks, as art directors, museum educators and award-winning illustrators will take attendees through the creative and collaborative journey of picture book development.  Participants will be split into small groups to tour the gallery and learn from different illustrators.  Studio demonstrations, hands-on opportunities and original art door prizes are just a few of the elements that make-up the preconference. 

Authors and illustrators presenting at the preconference include Caldecott medal winning authors/illustrators Jerry Pinkney, Brian Selznick and David Small; Caldecott honor winning authors/illustrators Laura Vaccaro Seeger and Kadir Nelson; and Belpré medal winning author/illustrator Yuyi Morales.  Other celebrated presenters include Patricia Aldana, Timothy Basil Ering, Patricia Gauch, Laura Geringer, Tad Hills, Megan Lambert, William Low, Leonard Marcus, Neal Porter, Maria Salvadore, Mark Siegel, Javaka Steptoe and Lee Wade.

Advance registration, separate from ALA Annual Conference registration, is required for the preconference.  Costs are $249 for ALA members, $195 for ALSC members, $180 for retired and student members and $280 for non-members.  The onsite cost will be $325 for all; advance registration ends May 15, 2010, after which time all registration will be considered onsite.  When registering for ALA Annual Conference, the event code is ALS1.  Registration includes: continental breakfast, lunch, evening reception, admission to the Corcoran Gallery of Art and a chance to win original art work by the illustrators.

For more information, visit the ALSC Web site: www.ala.org/alscevents.  Questions should be directed to ALSC Deputy Director Kirby Simmering at ksimmering@ala.org or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 2164.

ALSC, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.  With a network of more than 4,200 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 ALSC’s Web site at www.ala.org/alsc.