Free Library of Philadelphia
Feb
21
10:00 AM10:00

Free Library of Philadelphia

About the Library

The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning.

Inclusivity Statement
The Free Library of Philadelphia is a welcoming and inclusive public space and strongly believes in promoting understanding and community engagement. All 54 of our libraries provide a safe haven for individuals of all ages and backgrounds, providing homework help, ESL classes, supportive job search assistance, and much more. We encourage and host conversations about differences and complex social issues. The library exists to provide opportunities for discussion supported by educational resources, access to a vast array of information, and ideas that transform communities, open minds, and promote inclusion.

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Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival
Mar
4
to Mar 9

Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival

Since the YRF's inception seven years ago, we have worked with over 21,000 primary and secondary school students in Hong Kong. With family literacy rates in Hong Kong being one of the lowest in the world, now is the time to ensure that we're doing everything we can to motivate and inspire young people to engage with the written word - whether that be novels, articles, poetry or comic books. Sustained reading not only offers children the opportunity to improve their English language skills and vocabulary, but it also provides a crucial gateway to cultural exchange and exposes young people to diverse topics and current affairs.

Once again, this year we have focussed on expanding our Schools Programme with a goal of delivering more talks and workshops than ever before. International award-winning children's writers and illustrators joining us include Jason Reynolds, Frances Hardinge, Wendy Shang, Kenneth Oppel and Kate De Goldi. We are also thrilled to feature writers from closer to home, including Dora Tsang, Howard Wong and Anjali Mittal.

The Festival would not be able to flourish each year without the support of our donors and sponsors. Thanks to them, we are able to continue to unite outstanding writers and educators with Hong Kong's young readers. This year, for the first time, we are collaborating with Hysan Development and look forward to presenting a weekend of fun and interactive events for families at Lee Garden Two. Details of these events can be found here.

Whether a parent, teacher or reader, we welcome you to join the Young Readers Festival and to become part of our important and growing community here in Hong Kong!

Christine Van and Winnie Ng

Co-chairs

Hong Kong International Literary Festival Limited

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Texas Library Association Conference
Apr
14
to Apr 18

Texas Library Association Conference

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.

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Twin Cities Teen Lit Con
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Twin Cities Teen Lit Con

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.


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SPIN Launch Party
Feb
2
1:00 PM13:00

SPIN Launch Party

Come celebrate the launch of SPIN, the new mystery/thriller from 2-time Edgar Award Finalist, We Need Diverse Books founding member, and Virginia native Lamar Giles. There will be music, light refreshments, and, of course, a book sale and signing courtesy of Richmond's own Chop Suey Books (www.chopsueybooks.com). Hope to see you there!

One murdered DJ. Two sworn enemies. An obsessive fandom. A crusade for justice that turns deadly. Get ready for a dark & deadly thriller about life & death & hip-hop.

When rising star Paris Secord (aka DJ ParSec) is found dead on her turntables, it sends the local music scene reeling. No one is feeling that grief more than her shunned pre-fame best friend, Kya, and ParSec's chief groupie, Fuse -- two sworn enemies who happened to be the ones who discovered her body.

The police have few leads, and when the trail quickly turns cold, the authorities don't seem to be pushing too hard to investigate further. Only no one counted on Paris's deeply loyal fans, ParSec Nation, or the outrage that would drive Fuse and Kya to work together. As ParSec Nation takes to social media and the streets in their crusade for justice, Fuse and Kya start digging into Paris's past, stumbling across a deadly secret. With new info comes new motives. New suspects. And a fandom that will stop at nothing in their obsessive quest for answers, not even murder . . .

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ALA Midwinter
Jan
25
to Jan 27

ALA Midwinter

  • Washington State Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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..”

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ABA Winter Institute
Jan
23
to Jan 24

ABA Winter Institute

  • Albuquerque Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

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NCTE
Nov
15
to Nov 18

NCTE

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.

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YALSA Symposium
Nov
2
to Nov 4

YALSA Symposium

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.

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Virginia Children's Book Festival
Oct
17
to Oct 19

Virginia Children's Book Festival

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.

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Arts Herndon Children's Literary Festival
Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

Arts Herndon Children's Literary Festival

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. 

Highlights

-        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.

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Joint Conference for Librarians of Color
Sep
27
to Sep 29

Joint Conference for Librarians of Color

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.

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Brooklyn Book Festival
Sep
15
to Sep 16

Brooklyn Book Festival

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.

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Bookmarks
Sep
6
to Sep 8

Bookmarks

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.

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Summer Camp at the Barn
Jul
8
to Jul 13

Summer Camp at the Barn

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.

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ALA Annual Conference
Jun
22
to Jun 24

ALA Annual Conference

  • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As the world's biggest library event, the conference brings together librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors to engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of libraries.

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Mastering the Middle Grade Intensive Workshop
May
17
to May 20

Mastering the Middle Grade Intensive Workshop

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.

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