ALSC National Institute Schedule

The ALSC National Institute is a two and a half day intensive learning and networking opportunity with a youth services focus. It is designed for front-line youth library staff, children's literature experts, education and library school faculty members, and other interested adults.

ALSC is happy to announce the skeleton agenda for 2024 National Institute in Denver, Colorado. More details about each of these events will be announced as they are finalized.

Thursday, September 19, 2024
ALSC 101 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Opening General Dinner 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Opening General Session with Meg Medina
Sponsored by Candlewick
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Opening General Book Signing & Exhibits Open 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday, September 20, 2024
Big Ideas I General Session 8:30am - 9:30am
Break & Book Signing 9:30am - 10:15am

Education Programs:

- Building Support and Community through Podcasting

- Conscious Kids Kits: Using Picture Books to Spark Conversations About Racial Equity with our Children

- Standing in Solidarity: Equipping Public Libraries with Tools to Successfully Face Today's Book Challenges

- What's Cooking? Leveraging Partnerships to Bring Food Education to Your Community

10:15am - 11:15am
Lunch & Exhibits 11:15am - 12:45pm

Education Programs:

- Climbing the Leadership Ladder: What You Need to Know Before the First Rung and How to Decide Where to Stop

- Gender Inclusive Libraries: Welcoming Transgender and Nonbinary Children and Their Caregivers

- Implementing an Inclusive Merchandising Strategy

- Optimizing Services for All Babies and Their Families

12:45pm - 1:45pm
Break 1:45pm - 2:15pm

Education Programs:

- Disrupting Your Library's Status Quo from a Youth Services Perspective

- Helping Meet Community Needs: Insights from Fathers Served by Social Service Systems

- Intellectual Freedom: Strategies for Success

- Pride All Year Round: Rainbow Family Storytime at Multnomah County Library

2:15pm - 3:15pm
Break 3:15pm - 3:45pm

Education Programs:

- How the Science of Reading is Having an Impact on Public Libraries

- People, Paper, Pop! How to Create a Readers' Advisory System that Works for Your Library

- Turning the Page on Trauma: Libraries as Safe Havens for Children and Caregivers

- WTF? Where's the Fat in Kidlit?

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Bookstore Event 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Optional Networking Event:
Cerveceria Colorado
1635 Platte St, Denver

Hosted with REFORMA Colorado
20% of the evening's proceeds will benefit Children in Crisis

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Saturday, September 21, 2024
Big Ideas II General Session 8:30am - 9:30am
Break & Book Signing 9:30am - 10:15am

Education Programs:

- Teach, Not Celebrate

- Thinking Beyond the Stacks: Creating a Summer Camp for Tweens!

- Towards Inclusive Early Literacy Services for Children in Informal Childcare

- You Are Not Alone: Leveraging Community Advocates for Children to Unite Against Book Bans

10:15am - 11:15am
Lunch & Exhibits 11:15am - 12:45pm

Education Programs:

- Celebrate Autistic Joy in Your Library

- Fostering Outdoor Appreciation Through Nature-based Programming

- School and Public Libraries Change the World! Cultivating Sustainable School and Public Library Prams and Partnerships with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

- The Science Behind Our Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

12:45pm - 1:45pm
Break 1:45pm - 2:15pm

Education Programs:

- Building the Mosaic with Multilayered Diverse Representations

- Let's Play! Engaging Programs for Babies Beyond Storytime

- Reaching Out to Bring Them In: Mutually Beneficial Community Connections

- Supporting Developing Readers with Library Programs

2:15pm - 3:15pm
Break 3:15pm - 3:45pm

Education Programs:

- Building Connections and Generating Buy-In: How to Begin Outreach Work

- Libraries Supporting Readers with Dyslexia

- Relax. Breathe. Read a Graphic Novel: Graphic Novels as a Format to Promote Mental and Emotional Well-Being

- Should It Stay or Should It Go?

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Closing General Session TBD
Closing General Book Signing TBD

*This agenda is subject to change.