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Registration, housing now open for 2016 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — Registration and housing are now open at alamidwinter.org for 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Boston, Jan. 8-12. “The conversation starts here . . . ” every year at Midwinter Meeting, offering the usual gold-standard networking, updates, exhibits, future-focused discussions, innovators and thought leaders and high-profile speakers. Highlights include:

Award winning author Kate Messner ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Kate Messner, award winning author of “The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z,” will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Angelini will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Josephine Angelini, Rae Carson, Colleen Gleason and Sabaa Tahir at the Sunday, Nov.

Senator Cory Booker to speak at 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting President’s Program

CHICAGO — Rising United States Senator Cory Booker — known for being innovative and widely recognized as the accessible and energetic new voice of politics — will join ALA President Sari Feldman as speaker during her President’s Program at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. This program, in partnership with the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, will take place from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10.

Ignite Session proposals accepted through Oct. 9 for ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees have the chance to inspire and entertain colleagues in the popular five-minute "Ignite" sessions, always standing-room-only and high energy events. Session proposals are accepted now through the end of the day on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Find out more and submit proposals now.

Bundle Registration for 2016 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference open through Sept. 30

CHICAGO — Bundle Registration for 2016 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference is now open. Bundling the registration for both conferences saves up to $130, and offers the opportunity to book housing for Midwinter immediately. The conversation starts in Boston, Jan. 8-12, 2016 at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, and continues at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, June 23-28.

Best-selling author Josephine Angelini ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Josephine Angelini will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Angelini will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Rae Carson, Colleen Gleason, Kate Messner and Sabaa Tahir at the Sunday, Nov. 8, event themed “Girls Rock the Fantasy World.” Registration and more information regarding the event can be found at national.aasl.org.

Harry Potter Alliance turns pop-culture passion into civic engagement at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Did you know that your school library is not just a school library? Find out how at a special workshop during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition, where The Harry Potter Alliance will share with attendees how the school library is actually the Hogwarts Room of Requirement and the school librarian’s job is to lead Dumbledore’s Army.

Smackdowns, Quizzos and networking at the AASL15 Unconference

CHICAGO – Attendees of the Unconference held during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition should bring plenty of energy and be prepared to participate and contribute during the participant-driven, organic and dynamic event. The focus of the Unconference, which starts at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, and runs until midnight, is informal peer-to-peer learning with all ideas welcome. More information and links to participate can be found at national.aasl.org/unconference.

Breakthrough debut author Sabaa Tahir ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO –  Best-selling debut author Sabaa Tahir will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Tahir will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Josephine Angelini, Rae Carson, Colleen Gleason and Kate Messner at the Sunday, Nov. 8, event themed “Girls Rock the Fantasy World.” Registration and more information regarding the event can be found at national.aasl.org.

Chelsea Clinton is 2016 Midwinter Meeting Closing Session Speaker

CHICAGO -- Chelsea Clinton will close out the 2016 Midwinter Meeting at a special session from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11. Attendees will want to be sure to stay to hear her speak about her new book “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” that addresses our biggest challenges, offers ideas for action and inspires readers of all ages to do their part to make the world a better place.

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