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B. J. Novak promises entertaining Closing General Session at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- B.J. Novak adds book author to an impressive résumé that has long included actor, writer, stand-up comedian, TV and film star, executive producer and Screen Actors Guild and Writers’ Guild of America award winner. Attendees at 2014 ALA Annual Conference will be entertained and energized by what he has to say about the power of words and the writing part of his career when he appears as featured speaker at the Closing General Session from 9:30 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1.

Haslet Public Library's Robotics Club wins 2014 Loleta D. Fyan Grant

CHICAGO – The Haslet Public Library’s early science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education program for pre-teens, “Haslet Robotics Club,” has been awarded the 2014 Loleta D. Fyan grant. Their plan aims to fill  science-based educational and entertainment gaps for children aged 9-16 within their service area.

Think Fit — a healthy break during 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO Attendees at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas have a special opportunity to take care of their health as well as their professional development and networking.  Beginners and master yogi alike are encouraged to join the Think Fit “Power Flow” yoga class from 7 - 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 29 for a strength-building, body-balancing workout.

Jane McGonigal, world-renowned game designer, opens 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Jane McGonigal will inspire 2014 ALA Annual Conference attendees from the very first session of the conference about the myriad possibilities for serious games and gaming to help improve lives and be integrated into a variety of library programming. The world-renowned designer of alternate reality games— games that are designed to solve real problems—believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission; her No. 1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Vote for the talks you want to hear at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting is now open through March 31, 2014 to determine which 40 talks in two formats will be added to this year’s ALA Annual Conference program from the 95 submissions received.

“Conversation Starter” talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. See the submissions and vote now for your favorite Conversation Starters.  

Ilyasah Shabazz, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -  Community organizer, activist, motivational speaker and author of the critically acclaimed "Growing Up X," Ilyasah Shabazz is sure to move attendees as she talks about what inspires and motivates her when she appears as an Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference from 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 29.

Lois Lowry to speak, Daniel Handler to present at President’s Program, 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Lois Lowry, legendary best-selling youth author and two-time Newbery Medal winner will be the featured speaker in Barbara Stripling’s ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. Stripling will conduct an interview with Lowry and moderate a Q&A with the audience.

A guide to providing legal reference

CHICAGO — In recent years the number of Americans who have decided to handle their own legal affairs without the help of a lawyer has skyrocketed. Ranging from people writing their own wills or drafting a contract to those trying to represent themselves in court, they’re going to public and academic libraries for answers.

Alexander McCall Smith, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Attendees at 2014 ALA Annual Conference will not want to miss the chance to hear the entertaining Alexander McCall Smith, author of the internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28.

Azar Nafisi, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Azar Nafisi, award-winning, critically acclaimed author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” the long-running New York Times bestseller published around the world in 32 languages, will offer insights into her work, including her engagement in promoting literacy and reading books of universal literary value, when she appears as an Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28.

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