AASL conference gives attendees more of what they want

Contact: Melissa B. Jacobsen

AASL Communications Specialist

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For Immediate Release

May 26, 2009

CHICAGO – One of the most requested things at American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) conferences has been more author events. Happening Nov. 5-8 in Charlotte, N.C., this year's AASL's 14th National Conference & Exhibition promises not to disappoint.

The conference will feature "The Pit Stop," with more than 20 regional authors on hand to mingle with participants. Guests will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the authors, hear plans for their newest books and perhaps get some inspiration or advice for penning their own best-sellers. The Pit Stop will also include presentations by illustrators and storytellers.

Some of the special author appearances include Gail Langer Karwoski, Albert Bell, Tarhell-native Carol Crane, and author/illustrator Karen Lee. AASL National Conference Co-chair Ann Marie Pipkin says, "Don't miss this chance to mingle, hangout and recharge your proverbial engines at The Pit Stop!"

The AASL 14th National Conference & Exhibition, "Rev up learning @ your library," is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school library media specialists and their roles as educational leaders. The AASL National Conference will feature 10 preconferences, numerous concurrent sessions, more than 200 exhibiting companies, educational and school tours, a storytelling festival and special appearances by award-winning authors. For more information on AASL's 14th National Conference & Exhibition, visit

The American Association of School Librarians,
http://www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.