Harry Potter Alliance turns pop-culture passion into civic engagement at AASL national conference

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/08/2015


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)



CHICAGO – Did you know that your school library is not just a school library? Find out how at a special workshop during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition, where The Harry Potter Alliance will share with attendees how the school library is actually the Hogwarts Room of Requirement and the school librarian’s job is to lead Dumbledore’s Army.

During “From Stories to Action: Inspiring Heroes for Our Own World,” Harry Potter Alliance chapter Director Janae Phillips will share with AASL15 attendees how to transfigure the pop culture passions of young people into real-world civic engagement. More information about the event, taking place from 8 – 10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, can be found at national.aasl.org/events.

“Bringing together service learning, activism and a passion for reading, The Harry Potter Alliance’s mission is to turn “fans into heroes,” said Deb Logan, conference co-chair. “The Alliance has chapters all over the world and their goal is to inspire young people to work together on projects like sending books to children in need in the U.S. and other countries. Attend the Harry Potter Alliance event to find out how to start a chapter in your school use the power of story to inspire your students to take action.”

Admission to this interactive workshop is included with full conference registration.

The AASL National Conference & Exhibition is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. The 17th National Conference & Exhibition, “Experience Education Evolution,” taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, will feature preconference workshops & tours, author events, concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring companies relevant to the profession. Register before the Oct. 8 advance registration deadline to save $50 of the on-site registration fee. Those communicating about the national conference are encouraged to use the official hashtag, #aasl15.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.