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Bestselling author, TV host Brad Meltzer is 2016 ALA Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

Nonfiction, suspense novels for adults, children’s books, comic books, TV shows, and 2016 Honorary Chair of ALA’s Preservation Week—the multi-talented New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer does them all and more. A core belief underpins and runs through each of his projects: ordinary people change the world. Hear him talk about that and more as an Auditorium Speaker on June 26th, 10:30-11:30am at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference.

“The President could not have made a better choice": ALA comments on the pending nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden for Librarian of Congress

Washington, D.C. – President Obama announced today his intent to nominate Dr. Carla Hayden, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA) and the current Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland as the 14th Librarian of Congress.  Commenting on the announcement, ALA President Sari Feldman said:

Gene Luen Yang lends support to highlight the transformation of libraries as 2016 National Library Week Honorary Chair

CHICAGO — Libraries of all types consistently transform lives through free access to technology, digital literacy, career development, and opportunities for community engagement and lifelong learning.  In celebration of the invaluable contributions of librarians, library workers and the nation’s libraries, thousands will celebrate National Library Week, April 10 – 16.

Author, commentator Michael Eric Dyson to open 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Named by Essence magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring African Americans in the U.S., Michael Eric Dyson will open the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition on Friday, June 24th, 4:00-5:15 pm. Dyson provides some of the most significant commentary on contemporary social and intellectual thought, interwoven with cultural criticism, race theory, religion, philosophical reflection and gender studies, and was recommended as a speaker by the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Bezhigoogahbow Library Receives 2016 Light the Way Grant

CHICAGO -- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced that Bezhigoogahbow Library (Leech Lake Tribal College) is the recipient of the 2016 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant. As the winner of the grant, the library will receive $3,000 for their Agindaasodaa! (Let's Read!) project.

Actress, activist Holly Robinson Peete and her twins are Auditorium Speakers at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Actress, author, talk show host, activist, and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete has devoted her life and career to autism awareness. Most recently she has co-authored the timely young adult novel Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express with her 18-year-old twins Ryan Elizabeth and RJ, addressing the challenges and triumphs of being a teen living with autism and the effects on family, school, friends and life.

Award-winning author Margaret Atwood is Auditorium Speaker at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Award-winning and bestselling author Margaret Atwood will appear as an Auditorium Speaker at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, June 25, 10:30-11:30am.

Tickets available for 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Pat Mora

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Santa Barbara Public Library System announced that tickets for the 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Pat Mora are now available.

Conversation Starters and Ignite Session proposals due March 15th for 2016 ALA Annual Conference

2016 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in 45-minute Conversation Starters and five-minute Ignite sessions. Proposals are accepted through the end of March 15th, 2016. Find out more about these opportunities and how to submit your proposals.

Teen entrepreneur and activist Maya Penn is Auditorium Speaker at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Remarkable teen entrepreneur and activist Maya Penn’s TEDWomen Talk has been viewed more than 1,200,000 million times (and is one of the top 15 TEDWomen Talks of all time). She has already given three TED Talks, created her own eco-friendly fashion line, developed animated films, is an award-winning philanthropist, a girls’ rights and environmental activist, and an artist, coder, illustrator, and writer. This inspiring young woman will appear as an Auditorium Speaker at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, June 25, 3:30-4:30pm.

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