Each November thousands of literacy educators from across the country make the journey to a Convention that inspires their practice and rejuvenates their profession. They leave with strong strategies and best practices for teaching literacy, language, and composition. They learn new ideas for delivering instruction that engages students and addresses the most pressing needs within the school and district. Join us to find new teaching allies, new connections with luminaries and authors, and enough new books to fill entire shelves in classroom libraries.
The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in January. The conference draws more than 10,000 leaders and staff, educators, writers, publishers, Friends of libraries, trustees, special guests and exhibitors from the library and information industry for some 2,400 meetings, programs, discussion groups, events, in-depth conversations and exhibits, united by the theme “The conversation starts here..”
Connections are at the heart of learning and libraries are at the heart of those connections. Libraries are where people, young and old, connect to ideas, people and insights. These connections inspire new ideas, which lead to innovation, which ultimately impacts our community and our world. TLA2019 will:
Empower library professionals at every level to make informed decisions based on current research and best practices.
Strengthen self-knowledge and awareness in order to mindfully engage in civil discourse, network, and assume leadership roles.
Broaden immediate community impact with specific, meaningful, hands-on ideas across all library types.
Serve diverse communities by providing equitable resources and cultivating cultural competencies.
Join us at the Austin Convention Center for the largest state library association conference in the country, an active marketplace of ideas, library services, and educational resources.
The Twin Cities Teen Lit Con is where authors, books, teens, & fun collide. There will be 11 amazing authors, breakout sessions, & an action-packed Exhibit Hall (book arts, book signings, & much more). Teens will have the opportunity to connect with their favorite authors, explore other aspects of being a part of a reading community, & attend workshops for writers.
The event is open to the public, but the event & activities are focused on teens. The goal is to give teens the opportunity to meet authors, learn about writing & publishing, & enjoy the literary fun. All readers of YA literature are welcome, but we want teens to feel that this event is for them.
The Young Adult Services Symposium is open to everyone, not just YALSA members.
Programs will cover the entire spectrum of topics related to providing services for and with young adults. Session content is focused around key issues in YALSA's recent report.
Connect with other attendees on the Symposium event page on Facebook.
The symposium will take place in Salt Lake City, UT, November 2 -4, 2018, at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel with a theme of: Zeroing In: Focusing on Teen Needs.
Many school and public libraries are being asked to do more with less. Identifying and honing in on teens’ greatest needs can help you prioritize service and mobilize resources. While teen needs often vary from community to community, all teens can benefit from building social and emotional skills that will help them succeed in school, college, careers and life. Libraries can leverage collections, services, programs, community partnerships and more to help teens build skills around self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationships, and social awareness. At this symposium we will explore how libraries can best support teens’ social and emotional learning to help them effectively navigate a challenging world.
The VCBF is more than just one event. In addition to our free, three-day festival, the VCBF has ongoing programming throughout the year, and distributes more than 20,000 books a year in juvenile detention centers, foster homes, habitat for humanity homes, departments of social services, and more. The VCBF is known for our innovative programming and outreach, and we are always trying to create new opportunities to engage children in reading.
Joins us Sunday, October 7, 2018; 11am – 4pm for our Literary Festival. Celebrate the Literary arts with ArtSpace Herndon!
In collaboration with local author, Kwame Alexander, Arts Herndon presents the first Herndon Children’s Literary Festival. Kwame Alexander, founded the Capital BookFest in 2005, and it has brought thousands of people year after year to the various locations that it takes place in.
- Original programming in addition to traditional readings.
- Panels and author conversations, featuring adult and teen authors.
- Outdoor Festival in Historic Herndon, Virginia
- Featuring food, live entertainment, authors and Artisans.
- Participants can purchase books, illustrations, specialty artwork, and gifts
- Free Admission to the public. All day strolling entertainment.
Coming together through Joint Council of Librarians of Color, Inc. (JCLC Inc.) are the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking.
These five organizations each have a decades-long tradition of promoting the library and information needs of their constituent communities through various endeavors, including providing scholarships for students, awarding grants to libraries for cultural programing, acquiring and donating relevant library materials and advising ALA and other professional organizations of constituent concerns.
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.
The Winston-Salem based literary nonprofit produces the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, an Authors in Schools program reaching 7,000 students of all ages each year, and a series of events with bestselling and award-winning authors throughout the year. In its 13 years in existence, Bookmarks has brought more than 650 authors, illustrators, and storytellers to Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Authors come from around the region, country, and the world. Collectively, Bookmarks' authors have won hundreds of awards from dozens of countries, including more than 100 honorary degrees, Emmy, James Beard, Grammy, PEN, Agatha, Edgar, and NAACP Image Awards.
Bookmarks has hosted winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, American Book Award, National Medal of the Arts, Lincoln Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Coretta Scott King Award, Newberry Award, and a United States Poet Laureate. Bookmarks authors have written more than 1,000 New York Times, national and international bestsellers, and have spent more than 40 years on The New York Times bestseller list.
The Highlights Foundation tackles summer camp a bit differently than with s’mores by the campfire and hiking in the woods (although those adventures are always on our schedule, too). To us, summer camp is a time to find the kind of encouragement for your writing that only a generous mentor can provide. Our camp offers someone to guide you through the long process of publication and a place to work one-on-one with a published author on fine-tuning your words and mastering your pitches in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.
Most of us can remember at least one middle grade novel that made an indelible mark on us and helped shape us into who we are today. These books aimed at 4th-7th grade are what made many of us lifelong readers—and writers! Over four days, faculty will lecture and lead group workshops with exercises, designed to improve your writing and get you thinking about Middle Grade in a whole new way.