For immediate release | May 31, 2013

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program presents Think with Your Eyes!

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) invites you to the 2013 Charlemae Rollins President’s Program: Think with Your Eyes!, which will take place at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Charlemae Rollins President’s Program is scheduled 1 - 3 p.m. Central for Monday, July 1, 2013, in Room S106B of the McCormick Place Convention Center. This free program, which will conclude the year-long Caldecott 75th Anniversary celebration, offers the latest research and replicable models supporting the value of training children’s eyes and minds to observe, think, create and innovate.

The first part of the program will feature Oren Slozberg, senior trainer/recent executive director, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), who will introduce a powerful method of engaging with pictures. The presentation will include exploring the value of using the technique with children.

In part two, library and museum partners will demonstrate how collaboration adds up to more than the sum of its parts in supporting visual literacy. Presenters will include Pat Bliquez, teacher/librarian at Roxhill Elementary in Seattle, Elizabeth McChesney, Director of Children and Young Adult Services for the Chicago Public Library System, Mary Erbach is the Assistant Director of Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago and Bryan Wunar, Director of Education at the Museum of Science and Industry.

The ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program is sponsored in-part by the Charlemae Hill Rollins endowment. During her distinguished career in librarianship, Mrs. Rollins was a critical voice in expanding materials that addressed the black experience. Among her numerous awards, she became the first black woman to receive an honorary membership in ALA, an honor bestowed upon her in 1972.

ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,200 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s website at


Dan Rude

Marketing Specialist, Membership

Association for Library Service to Children