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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.

Travel grants available for first-time AASL national conference attendees

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 18th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

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.

American Library Association announces 2017 youth media award winners

ATLANTA - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

A list of all the 2017 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

Thousands consider libraries’ immediate and future needs at 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

ATLANTA — The thousands of librarians, library workers and supporters at the 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits, held Jan. 20-24 in Atlanta, delved into the future of libraries, while also bringing a heightened sense of urgency to examining current needs and aspirations. In formal and informal settings, in engaged conversations and productive problem-solving sessions, and in the exhibit hall, they shared the latest library-related trends, updates, innovations, products, titles and services.

Matthew Quick among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Matthew Quick (“The Silver Linings Playbook”) will join Lisa Wingate, Mary Kay Andrews, Pam Jenoff, Kathy Hepinstall and Emily Fridlund at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, Jan. 23 at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.

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