ALSC hosts multicultural preconference

Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper


For Immediate Release

May 2002

ALSC hosts multicultural preconference

The preconference "Children! ¡Niños! Kinder! Mwana! Les Enfants!: Programs and Services to Meet the Needs of Your Multicultural Community," will be hosted by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), Thursday, June 13, 6-9:30 p.m., and Friday, June 14, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Atlanta.

How do children's librarians meet the challenge of serving our diverse communities? This preconference will celebrate America's continuing evolution as a rich, multicultural society while featuring activities that can enrich and enliven children's library programming.

Thursday evening a reception will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Six first-class storytellers will weave tales from various countries and cultures. Storytellers include Margaret Read MacDonald, author of "The Girl Who Wore Too Much: A Folktale from Thailand;" Lucía González, author of "Señor Cat's Romance: And Other Favorite Stories from Latin America;" Tony Medina, author of "Deshawn Days;" Julia Alvarez, author of "How Tía Lola Came to Stay;" Eric Kimmel, author of "Anansi and the Magic Stick;" and Tololwa Mollel, author of "My Rows and Piles of Coins."

Friday's activities, held at the Atlanta Capitol Plaza Hotel, will open with a presentation by Allan Malkis of the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, on "Demographics: Who Are We?"

Representatives from various library systems will give Model Program Presentations, discussing how they meet the needs of their diverse communities through programming, collection development and outreach. Presenters include Amanda Castillo, Tucson-Pima Public Library; Rosanne Cerny, Queens Borough Public Library; Elizabeth Gordon, Libraries for the Future; and Dr. Carole Talan, literacy consultant.

During an Awards Panel Discussion, presenters will provide information about various awards and multicultural resources. Panelists include Philip Lee, Lee and Low Books; Oralia Garza de Cortes, REFORMA (National Association to Promote Library and Information Service to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking); Carole McCollough, ALA Coretta Scott King Task Force; Junko Yokota, a representative from the International Reading Association; and Patty Wong, Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library.

Craft workshops will introduce a particular culture and provide librarians with how-to instructions for teaching a craft in their local libraries. Presenters and their crafts include Bryan Collier, illustrator of the 2002 Caldecott Honor book, "Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," Collage-Making; Ani Ghajanian, an artist, teaching Turchnakeer: Armenian Bird-Lettering for Bookmarks; Rose Treviño, San Antonio (Texas) Public Library, Fiesta Tissue Crafts; and Ed Young, illustrator of the 1990 Caldecott Medal book "Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China," The Beauty and Meaning in Symbol Writing.

The preconference closes Friday with a special performance by Mezcolanza, a Latin dance group performing to Latin music.

The registration fees are $175 for ALSC members; $220 for ALA members; $265 for non-members; and $125 for students.
Registration deadline is May 10, 2002. Register by mail, fax or online. The registration form appears in the January 2002 issue of American Libraries and can be mailed to American Library Association, Dept. #77-6565, Chicago, IL 60678-6565. To register by fax, send a registration form to 312-280-1538.

For more information, contact the
ALSC office at 312-280-2163 or ALSC is a division of the ALA.