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National Library Week highlights transformation of libraries, April 9-15, 2017

CHICAGO – National Library Week, April 9 – 15, 2017, is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries and library workers for transforming lives through free access to technology, information literacy, diverse collections and opportunities for community engagement.

2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Selection Committee announced

The 2018 committee is starting work on selecting titles for the longlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, now in their seventh year. The 2018 committee includes the following experts who work closely with adult readers.

Sandra Uwiringiyimana, author of How Dare the Sun Rise, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

A remarkable story will be shared when Sandra Uwiringiyimana, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, appears as an Auditorium Speaker on Saturday, June 24 at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. Uwiringiyimana was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister in a refugee camp. Remarkably, the rebel didn’t pull the trigger, and she escaped.

Sarah Jessica Parker to unveil first Book Club Central pick at 2017 Annual Conference President’s Program

“From an early age, books were my constant companions and my local library a place I could find a new friend on every shelf,” says award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker. During the President’s Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition on Saturday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Chicago, Parker will unveil her first title selection as part of the official launch of ALA Book Club Central, for which she will serve as Honorary Chair.

Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code founder and CEO, to open 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Since 2012, Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired more than10,000 girls across America--and they're just at the beginning of their mission to close the gender gap in tech. Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the national non-profit organization, is also the author of the groundbreaking book Women Who Don't Wait In Line, in which she advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course.

ALA to launch Book Club Central with Sarah Jessica Parker

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is creating Book Club Central, a new online platform of reading resources, including recommendations, expert book lists and other content for book clubs and their readers. Award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is partnering with the ALA to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central.

LLAMA Webinar will explore how to sustain change after the excitement wears off

CHICAGO — Change management is more than just a buzzword in libraries these days. For many library leaders it has become a way of life requiring not only the ability to create change, but the ability to sustain a culture of innovation and change long-term. 

Webinar: Libraries in the Jim Crow South and a Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine

In celebration of Black History Month, the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) are excited to present a unique webinar: “Libraries in the Jim Crow South and a Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine,” on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at 1 p.m. Central.

Registration and housing open for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago

ALA promises the same outstanding content, professional development, and networking opportunities as always at the 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, June 22-27. Early Bird registration and housing are open as of noon (Central time) on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at alaannual.org.

Angela Reynolds receives 2017 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2017 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Angela Reynolds.

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