PLA announces keynote speaker for Spring Symposium

Contact: Brendan Dowling


For Immediate Release

September 2002

PLA announces keynote speaker for Spring Symposium

Noted children's author Mem Fox will keynote the Opening General Session of Public Library Association's (PLA) 2003 Spring Symposium, March 6-8, 2003, in Chicago. Fox, whose books include "Possum Magic," "Time for Bed" and "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge," frequently links the joyful experience of families reading together to children's future success.

Fox also has written several books addressing literacy, including "Reading Magic" and "Radical Reflections: Passionate Opinions on Teaching Learning and Living." The recipient of numerous writing awards, Fox was a professor of literacy studies prior to embarking on her writing career.

Symposium attendees will have the choice of attending one of five programs that cover all aspects of librarianship: "Building the Perfect Library;" "Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Effectiveness;" "Power Up With Print: Connecting Teens and Reading in a Digital Age;" "Emergent Literacy Part II: Research and Preschool Services;" and "Staffing for Results."

In addition, the 2003 Spring Symposium also will offer tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the Newberry Library, an author luncheon, and other special events. Registration information will be available shortly. Please check for updates or call the PLA office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association.