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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.

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.

Registration and housing open January 19 for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Chicago—ALA promises the same outstanding content, professional development, and networking opportunities as always at the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, June 23-28. Early Bird registration and housing are open as of noon (Central time) on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at alaannual.org .

2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits — thousands of attendees address the many ways libraries transform

CHICAGO – 11,716 librarians, library workers and supporters, including 3,622 exhibitors, shared the latest library-related trends, updates, innovations, products, titles and services at the 2016 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Boston, Jan. 8-12. Lively conversations, productive problem-solving and networking took place throughout the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and other venues at 2,400 scheduled meetings and events.

American Library Association announces 2016 youth media award winners

BOSTON - 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 & Exhibits in Boston.

A list of all the 2016 award winners follows:

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

Matt de la Peña, Sophie Blackall win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

BOSTON - Matt de la Peña, author of “Last Stop on Market Street,” and Sophie Blackall, illustrator of “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear,” are the 2016 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

David A. Adler, Sam Ricks win Geisel Award for “Don’t Throw It To Mo!”

BOSTON – Author David A. Adler and illustrator Sam Ricks are the 2016 recipients of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for “Don’t Throw It To Mo!” published by Penguin Young Readers, an Imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition held Jan. 8 – 12, in Boston.

Jerry Pinkney wins 2016 Wilder Award

BOSTON – Author and Illustrator Jerry Pinkney is the winner of the 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. His numerous works include [Julius Lester’s] “John Henry” (Dial Books for Young Readers, 1994) and [Patricia C. McKissack’s] “Mirandy and Brother Wind (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009).

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