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Janis Ian helps wrap up 2013 Annual Conference and rev up for 2014 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian will be helping 2013 Annual Conference attendees wrap up in Chicago and rev up for 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Ian appears as part of Wrap Up/Rev Up from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday, July 1 in McCormick Place S100.

Doctorow, Lowry, Ness, Roth—stellar Booklist Books for Youth Forum, 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Cory Doctorow, Lois Lowry, Patrick Ness, and Veronica Roth are the star-studded panel for “Bleak New World: YA Authors Decode Dystopia,” the Booklist Books for Youth Forum at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. These unmissable, best-selling, award-winning authors will discuss the wildly popular genre of dystopian literature for teens from 8 - 10 p.m. on Friday, June 28 in  Sheraton Ballroom 5. Ann Kelley, Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor, moderates.

Learn to deliver transformative arts programming for older adults at 2013 ALA Annual Conference workshop

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with Lifetime Arts, Inc., will present a day-long preconference workshop during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, based on Lifetime Arts' Creative Aging Public Libraries Project.

Creative Aging programming, aimed at adults aged 55+, answers this growing demographics’ desire to be engaged, social and creative by moving programming beyond passive entertainment to active engagement through professional arts education.

Kent Oliver to speak at United for Libraries’ Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will host its Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon, “Intellectual Freedom & Accompanying Library Policies,” from noon-1:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The traditional luncheon presented by United for Libraries will feature Kent Oliver, director of the Nashville Public Library and former chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Hear Mark Frauenfelder on maker innovations at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Mark Frauenfelder, prolific author, founding editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine and founder of Boing Boing, will update 2013 ALA Annual Conference attendees on the latest maker innovations in a special session from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1.

Octavia Spencer closes ALA Annual Conference on a lively note

CHICAGO — Octavia Spencer has recently been busy, appearing on "30 Rock" and writing her first novel, in addition to her other star turns. Attendees will find out more when she appears as keynote speaker at the Closing General Session of the 2013 ALA Annual Conference from 9:30 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2. She’ll be talking about (among other things) her upcoming first novel, “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit” (October 2013, Simon & Schuster).

Attend the talks you voted for at 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting for 36 “Conversation Starter” talks and “Ignite” sessions has determined which are added to this year’s Annual Conference program.

Enjoy dinner and book talk with authors at AASL13

CHICAGO –   Libba Bray and Shane W. Evans are set to appear at a premier author event taking place during the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition in Hartford, Conn.  At the Author Banquet on Nov. 15, conference attendees will enjoy a delicious meal and learn of the inspiration behind Bray’s and Evans' award-winning books. After dinner, the authors will sign copies of their books, which will also be available for purchase. More information is available at national.aasl.org/author-events.

Intellectual Freedom Round Table to hold 40th anniversary celebration at Chicago Cultural Center

CHICAGO - After 40 years of defending and upholding First Amendment rights, it is time for a party. Come join the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) from 7:30 - 10 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the magnificent Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St. at Michigan Ave.) for our 40th Anniversary Celebration.

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