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Are you receiving emails from ALSC’s listserv? Here’s a message from Jenny Najduch, Marketing Specialist, Membership of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC): Join ALSC at ALA Annual Conference July 9-15, 2009 for great programs, events, speakers and more!  A full printable schedule (including all of ALSC’s programs) is available online at  We hope to see you there! 

Please note that programs are subject to change; please refer to the onsite Program Guide Supplement and daily Cognotes for changes or cancellations.  For more information about ALSC, visit the Web site at  Please feel free to share this e-mail with friends and colleagues!

Friday, July 10

  • Picture Perfect: Art from Caldecott Award Books, 2006 – 2009
    3-5 p.m., Art Institute of Chicago: Ryan Education Center

    Mo Willems will be doing a reading, answering questions from the audience, and autographing books at this event to celebrate the new exhibit in the Ryan Education Center. Entrance into the Ryan Education Center is free.
  • ALSC 101: Making Connections
    5-6 p.m., WEST, Promenade B/C

    If you’re new to ALSC or if this is your first conference as a children’s librarian, then this program is for you! We’ll provide you with information about the perks of ALSC membership, tips on how to get involved in the organization, and tricks of the trade for navigating Annual Conference. 
  • ALSC Happy Hour
    6-8 p.m., The Weather Mark Tavern, 1503 South Michigan Ave, Chicago
    Stop by to grab a drink with friends old and new! Drinks and meals are not sponsored by ALSC, but we would love to see you there!

Saturday, July 11

  • Visit for information about our many programs taking place on Saturday, as well as throughout the conference.

Sunday, July 12

  • The Pura Belpré Celebración
    1:30-4 p.m., HIL, Continental A/B

    Join ALSC and REFORMA in a joyous Celebración to honor the 2009 Pura Belpré Medal winners and honorees as they receive their awards and deliver their acceptance speeches. There will be a musical performance by local children, book signing by the winning authors and illustrators, refreshments, and more.
  • Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet
    6-11 p.m., SHER, Grand BR I-VII

    Join us for this gala to celebrate the Newbery and Caldecott Medalists and Honorees, authors and illustrators of the year’s most distinguished books for children, and this year’s Wilder Award winner. Cocktails (cash bar) available prior to dinner; doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $94 and should be purchased ahead of time online; tickets will also be available at the Onsite Registration Counter until the event is sold out, or noon on Friday, whichever occurs first. No tickets will be available at the door.
  • Diane’s note. Last year I took a few pics of the Newbery-Caldecott banquet and blogged about ALA.

Monday, July 13

  • ALSC Charlemae Rollins President’s Program featuring Melba Pattillo Beals – Auditorium Speaker Series
    8-9:30 a.m., MCP, W375

    Ms. Beals walked her way into the history books in 1957 as one of the courageous students who faced down furious segregationists, the Arkansas National Guard and the Governor of Arkansas in order to integrate Little Rock Central High School. This is one program that every librarian should attend. A Chicago children’s choir will perform songs from the civil rights movement to start the program.
  • ALSC Awards Presentation and Membership Meeting
    10:30a.m.-12:30 p.m., MCP, W-196a

    Join your colleagues at the annual presentation for the Batchelder, Carnegie, Geisel, and Sibert Awards. The ALSC Membership Meeting will immediately follow where Pat Scales, ALSC President, will recognize the 2009 professional award winners and share the year’s accomplishments and new initiatives.
  • Odyssey Award Presentation & Program
    3:30-5:30 p.m., MCP, W-470b

    Celebrate the 2009 Odyssey Awards, featuring the 2009 Odyssey winner, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian", written and narrated by Sherman Alexie and produced by Recorded Books. A reception sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association with light refreshments will follow the award presentations and a program featuring narrators Marron Willis and Sherman Alexie.
  • "Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change" Original Art Show and Cocktail Reception
    5:30-7:30 p.m., HRM, Center 22

    Bloomsbury Children’s Books and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards 40th Anniversary Committee invite you to this free event celebrating a unique picture book illustrated by 13 acclaimed artists.  Please RSVP to

Don’t Miss…

  • Stop by the ALSC Membership booth in the ALA Member Pavilion (#3034) to pick up a fun ALSC giveaway and new information.
  • New and improved Born to Read materials will be unveiled for the first time at Annual. Pick up a copy of the newly designed brochure full of great ideas and information at the ALSC booth.
  • The Kids! @ your library® public awareness campaign will be launching phase two at Annual, targeting tweens in grades five through eight.
    The launch is taking place at the ALSC program "A.R.T. and Your Library: How You Can Bring Them Together!" on Sunday (7/12) from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in MCP, W-181
    Free resources have been added to the ALSC Web site at
  • Short, half-hour programs will be taking place in the ALA Membership Pavilion (booth #3034) on the exhibit floor.  ALSC programs include: Introduction to the New Born to Read Materials, Saturday (7/11) at 10:30 a.m.; Kids! @ your library Public Awareness Campaign, Saturday (7/11) at 2 p.m.; and Mini ALSC 101, Sunday (7/12) at 3 p.m.

Not Going to Annual?

  • Think about taking an ALSC Online Education Course! Registration is now open for our summer courses. Visit the for more information.
  • If you’re looking for a workshop completely focused on children’s and youth services, the ALSC National Institute is for you! Taking place September 23-25, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia, this event will feature two and a half days of dynamic programming related to library service for children and inspirational keynotes from award-winning authors and illustrators.  The will be updated with information as it becomes available.
  • Visit the ALSC Blog at!  A great resource for programming ideas, latest library trends, and events happening in the library world.

 See how cool being a member of ALA is?!