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Registration opens for AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. The AASL National Conference is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. A full list of rates and deadlines can be found at national.aasl.org.

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.

Dr. Carla Hayden to kick off Spectrum 20th Anniversary celebration at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, will headline a special kick-off celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

The cocktail hour “Spectrum at 20: A Celebration of Community” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the 19 East Event Gallery located at 19 East 21st Street.

Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni to speak at 2017 ALA Annual Conference reception to benefit Cultural Communities Fund

CHICAGO — Renowned poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni will headline a special reception to benefit the American Library Association (ALA) Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

Bill Nye and co-author Gregory Mone are Auditorium Speakers at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Science educator, mechanical engineer, television host and New York Times bestselling author Bill Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is joined in an Auditorium Speaker session by co-author Gregory Mone, a novelist, science journalist, speaker, and children’s book author. The first book in their new middle-grade series from ABRAMS, “Jack and the Geniuses,” is publishing this spring and the second will be out in fall 2017. This Auditorium Speakers session will take place on Monday, June 26 at 2:00pm, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

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.

Share your best practice at AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting proposals for the best practice showcase to be held during the AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp. Completed proposals must be submitted by Friday, March 24, 2017, to be considered.

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.

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