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GraphiCon—the mini-comic-con inside 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - For the second year, GraphiCon will inspire ALA Annual Conference attendees to innovate and raise the profile of graphic novels and comics in their library or school. A range of programs and author events, plus “Artist Alley,” the Graphic Novel Pavilion and Graphic Novel Stage in the exhibit hall will offer information and creative inspiration, as well as chances to ask questions and discuss ideas.  To identify relevant events, look for the “GraphiCon” cluster in the conference scheduler.

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LITA workshops at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is offering three full-day educational workshops on Friday, June 28, 2013 in Chicago.

Introductory Python Workshop

Wally Lamb among the authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present its Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 1 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Melanie Benjamin, Mark Billingham, Jeffrey Deaver, Wally Lamb and Jojo Moyes will discuss their writing life and forthcoming books. Enjoy tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats. A book signing will follow, with some books given away free and others available for purchase at a generous discount.

Jarrett Krosoczka to speak at AASL Awards Luncheon during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Author, illustrator and school library advocate Jarrett Krosoczka will speak during the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) annual Awards Luncheon.

United for Libraries names Johnson and Mull ALA Trustee Citation recipients

PHILADELPHIA —  United for Libraries has named G. Victor Johnson and Beverly Mull as recipients of the ALA Trustee Citation.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards. 

Ross Mathews added to the line-up of United for Libraries’ 'The Laugh’s On Us, sponsored by SAGE'

PHILADELPHIA – Ross Mathews of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has been added to the line-up for “The Laugh’s On Us, sponsored by SAGE," featuring author and standup comedian Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The full line-up also includes Selena Coppock, Nicole Knepper, Sara Levine and Paul Rudnick.

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.

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