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Talk About Innovation! TEDx @Your Library at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Chrystie Hill, Meg Omainsky, and Teri Skillman will share their success stories and strategies for conducting TEDx events that have energized and empowered community conversations in the library during a panel discussion moderated by ALA President Barbara K. Stripling. “Talk About Innovation!  TEDx @Your Library” will take place from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia and will focus on innovative and engaging uses of TEDx in the library for community engagement. 

AASL seeks hosts for Fall Forum satellite sites

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will once again host a hybrid presentation of its biennial national institute, the Fall Forum, in 2014. As part of the presentation, three or four satellite sites across the country will present a live broadcast of events taking place Oct. 17-18, in St. Louis. Universities, school districts, intermediate education units or similar locations interested in hosting as a satellite site are invited to submit a one-page statement describing their qualifications to AASL by Dec. 10, 2013.

Mobile app keeps AASL13 information at attendees’ fingertips

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition can plan their conference schedule at home or on the go with the new AASL13 Mobile App.  The app and companion registration dashboard syncs user data so updates to a schedule can be made and accessed via a person’s laptop or mobile device.  For more information on features and how to download the mobile app, visit national.aasl.org/mobile-app.

Matthew Quick, 'Silver Linings Playbook' author, introduces 'Girlbrarian' at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- “Hello, Librarians—it’s me, Matthew Quick . . .” In this short video, the bestselling author (also known simply as Q) of “The Silver Linings Playbook,” thanks librarians for “all that you do for the community” and talks about his next book in which he introduces a “Girlbrarian.” But Midwinter Attendees can go one better than YouTube — they can hear Quick live when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 1 - 1:30 p.m.

AASL13 storytellers to weave flights of fancy

CHICAGO — Three master storytellers will share their craft as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. Performers Carol Birch, Bill Harley and Valerie Tutson will appear at the storytelling festival and help attendees celebrate the everyday and fantastic in a casual evening of traditional and original tales. Admission to the festival is included in the price of registration, and a Q&A and book signing will follow the performance.

Author and literacy champion David Baldacci, Auditorium Speaker at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — David Baldacci is passionate about literacy and reading, believing that “the ability to read is the foundation for everyday life.” One of the world’s bestselling authors, he has more than 110 million copies of his novels in print in more than 45 languages and 80 countries.

Harry Potter Alliance’s Andrew Slack in President’s Program at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — High-demand speaker and energetic activist Andrew Slack offers ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits attendees an outstanding opportunity to learn more about his work and how he sees it relating to libraries and their role in the community.

Meet your favorite AASL authors and purchase their books at AASL13

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition will have the opportunity to purchase AASL’s newest publications from the exhibit hall bookstore while onsite in Hartford, Conn. In addition, selected authors of these publications will be on hand to sign copies of their book during the conference taking place Nov. 14-17. More information and a full schedule of appearances is available on the national conference website at national.aasl.org/exhibits.

Wes Moore on 'finding a life that matters,' 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Wes Moore, bestselling author of “The Other Wes Moore,” is and has been on a remarkable quest to “find a life that matters.” As a youth advo­cate, he is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors and advocates who serve youth in the U.S.— something that will sound familiar as well as inspiring to the librarians who hear him as an Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits from 10- 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Advance registration rates for AASL13 end October 17

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages members planning to register for the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition to do so at national.aasl.org/registration before the Oct. 17 advance registration deadline. On Oct. 18, registration rates will be raised $50. The conference, themed “Rising to the Challenge,” will be held Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., and is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders.

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