American Library Association

Libraries fuel cultural understanding and acceptance through Día, April 30

CHICAGO – On April 30, hundreds of libraries across the country will celebrate Día, a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds. Demographic projections show more than half of the country’s children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group in the next few years, and programs such as Día play a critical role in helping meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population, while also fueling cultural understanding and acceptance.

Ron Chernow, Keynote Presenter at ALA Awards Ceremony at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

One of the most distinguished commentators on politics, business, and finance in the U.S. today, 2015 National Humanities Medal recipient and bestselling author Ron Chernow has been praised by the National Endowment for the Humanities for “bringing our Nation’s story to life.

Take Action for Libraries Day to launch during National Library Week

ALA, library community, advocates, call on nation’s leaders to safeguard IMLS funding

CHICAGO – Libraries of all types are part of a delicate ecosystem that supports the transformation of communities and lives through education and lifelong learning. From the cradle to the grave, libraries provide invaluable resources that serve as a lifeline for billions of users for access to technology, early and digital literacy instruction, job-seeking resources, social services and small business tools.

Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Gene Luen Yang, teacher, cartoonist and author, began drawing comic books in the fifth grade and in 1997 received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks.  A MacArthur Fellow, Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial comics, many of which explore present-day and historical events through a contemporary Chinese American lens. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award.

Brené Brown, Expert on the Power of Vulnerability, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past 15 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. With over 25 million views, her TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world. She has also appeared on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday,” “Super Soul Sessions,” and in Oprah magazine.

ALSC invites applications for 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture with Naomi Shihab Nye

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are proud to announce the opening of the application to host the 2018 event featuring National Book Award winning author, Naomi Shihab Nye.

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.

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.