For immediate release | November 26, 2012

Caroline Kennedy in conversation at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - ALA Midwinter Meeting offers a special opportunity to hear the widely admired Caroline Kennedy in conversation with ALA President-Elect Barbara Stripling on Sunday, January 27, 10:00 am-11:00 am. Kennedy is well known as the best-selling author of 10 books on American history, politics and poetry, as well as for continuing the strong Kennedy family tradition of public service.

Kennedy is a serious advocate for reading, literacy and libraries, which occupy a special place in her life—especially in her work as vice chair of the New York City Fund for Public Schools from 2002-2012 and her upcoming participation as Honorary Chair of National Library Week in April, 2013. She was also keynote speaker at the 2011 I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony in New York City. In that speech, she said that many librarians she has met are “professionals who are excited about their changing role in a changing world—who are dedicated to serving others, who respect scholarship and who understand that you are our guides on a lifelong journey of intellectual collaboration and collaborative composition. . . . Your work is truly life changing.”

Her newest book, “Poems to Learn by Heart”—due to be published in March 2013 from Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide, with original illustrations by award-winning artist Jon J Muth—is a companion to her New York Times No. 1 best-selling collection “A Family of Poems.” She has selected more than 100 of her favorite poems for the new book, reminding us, “If we learn poems by heart, not only do we have their wisdom to draw on, we also gain confidence, knowledge and understanding that no one can take away.” Kennedy’s introductions shed light on the many ways we can appreciate poetry and the special tradition of memorizing and reciting poetry that she celebrates within her own family.

Additional public service contributions include an extensive role in efforts to improve New York City's public schools with a special focus on school libraries, founding the Profiles in Courage Awards given annually to politicians who perform acts of political bravery and serving on the board of New Visions for Public Schools, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

Caroline Kennedy’s appearance is sponsored by Disney Publishing Worldwide.

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