For immediate release | January 10, 2012

Emmy® winner and author Sonia Manzano opens Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

CHICAGO - Emmy® winner and author Sonia Manzano will open the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), Sept. 19-23, 2012 in Kansas City, Mo.

Manzano was named one of the most influential Hispanics by People en Español for her work playing Maria on "Sesame Street," a role she's held since the early 1970's. She has earned 15 Emmys as a writer for that show and reached generations of children. She is the author of two children’s books, "No Dogs Allowed!" and "A Box Full Of Kittens" (both with Simon & Schuster). Her powerful new novel, "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano" addresses universal themes of family and community set against a cultural backdrop and is being published by Scholastic in October 2012. Sonia is a noted actress, starring in the original production of “Godspell” and in recent productions of “The Vagina Monologues,” “The Exonerated” and “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” She is a recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Award, the Hispanic Heritage Award for Education and an honorary doctorate from Notre Dame University.

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is a conference for everyone and brings together a diverse group of librarians, library staff, library supporters and community participants to explore issues of diversity in libraries and how they affect the ethnic communities that libraries serve. Under the theme, “Gathering at the Waters: Celebrating Stories and Embracing Communities,” JCLC deepens connections across constituencies, creates spaces for dialogue on issues of diversity and encourages the transformation of libraries into more democratic and diverse organizations. For more information about the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, please visit

JCLC 2012 will include session presentations in all areas of diversity, including, but not limited to Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration; Collections, Programs and Services; Deep Diversity and Cultural Exchange; Leadership, Management and Organizational Development; Technology; and Innovation. Registration and Housing for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color will open March 1, 2012.

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is sponsored by the five ethnic caucuses: American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) and National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA). The first Joint Conference was held in Dallas in 2006. More information may be found at

Sonia Manzano’s participation is made possible through the generous support of Scholastic. Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology. Fiction, non-fiction and reference materials include products published under the prestigious imprints Grolier, Children’s Press®, Franklin Watts®, Grolier Online®, BookFlix®, TrueFlix™, Weston Woods®, Scholastic Trade and Scholastic Audio. For more information about Scholastic, please visit


Miguel Figueroa