Performer and comedian Molly Shannon, young adult author Kelly Yang join LibLearnX speaker lineup

For Immediate Release
Thu, 10/28/2021


Donna Hunter

Conference Marketing Specialist

American Library Association / Conference Services

CHICAGO - Performer, comedian, and author Molly Shannon and young adult author Kelly Yang will be theater speakers at LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience, Jan. 21-24, 2022.

Shannon spent six seasons as a member of the repertory company Saturday Night Live (SNL), primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as Mary Katherine Gallagher and Sally O’Malley. She will discuss her book, “Hello, Molly! A Memoir,” available April 2022. Described as a candid, hilarious, and heartbreaking, the book details the tragedy of her early years, her rise to fame, and behind-the-scenes stories from her time at SNL.

Yang is The New York Times bestselling author of “Front Desk,” the first book in the Front Desk series aimed at middle-grade readers. She will discuss her latest middle-grade novel, "New from Here," about an Asian American boy fighting to keep his family together and standing up to racism during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus. Yang was awarded the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature and describes herself as “living, walking proof in the power of libraries and librarians to change lives.”

An impressive list of conference speakers will be continually announced throughout the registration period.

LibLearnX is a virtual, four-day learning conference that will focus on high engagement, and invite ALA members, ALA Student members, and international members to contribute to the conversation in real-time learning and networking activities, and will highlight quality over quantity with a more manageable, intimate, and invigorating feel.

The LLX Marketplace will host exhibitors, the LLX Theater with author presentations, and the Ideas Xchange which offers peer-to-peer conversations about the topics that matter most to the library community. The space is an engagement-proving ground, designed for creative collaboration and interactive learning within the exhibit space. Attendees should prepare for meaningful education and networking with exhibitors that provide the newest titles, engaging authors, leading technologies, and core services for ALA Members.

Additional learning features include ShopTalks, Learning Labs, and Accelerators and will support a range of instructional methods to give attendees control in setting priorities and choosing the right content, materials, and methods that match their learning styles and objectives. More than 120 education sessions will be hosted in a wide variety of subject matter topics, including Books and Authors; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Career Development & Leadership; Community Outreach & Partnerships; Digital Equity; Mental Health, Technology Innovation; and more.

Get updates from the 2022 LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience website and follow the hashtag #LibLearnX and social media: ALA Twitter, ALA Facebook, and Instagram

Media interested in registering for the session may contact Macey Morales, deputy director, ALA Communications and Marketing Office at

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