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February 27, 2015

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Librarians Shown Love at YALSA’s Morris/Nonfiction Awards | ALA Midwinter 2015

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A Chicago blizzard prevented many of the authors of the recognized titles from attending the Morris/Nonfiction awards, but Morris winner Isabel Quintero managed to take the stage, and Nonfiction winner Maya Van Wagenen gave librarians a shout out via video.

Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton Talks About His Children’s Book About Depression | ALA Midwinter 2015

Flying Twice as High: Reading Rainbow 2.0 | SLJ Talks to LeVar Burton

Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton talks about his first children’s book The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, published by his multimedia company RRKidz, about a depressed rhino, a character that Burton hopes can help kids overcome the social stigma of mental illness.

Guerrilla Storytime Is Growing Up | ALA Midwinter 2015

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Along with singing, rhyming, and clapping, the popular Guerrilla Storytime sessions at ALA addressed scenarios librarians might face: emotional children, an ambulance appearing outside the window, or a power outage.

YA Smackdown at 2015 ALA Midwinter

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At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, teen services librarians dipped into the “challenge bucket” and talked fandoms, profanity, and crying teens during the YA Smackdown sessions.

Minding the Gap with Teen Services Underground

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Teen services librarians longing for practical yet convivial professional dialogue have found it online in the blog “Teen Services Underground,” which debuted during the American Library Association’s 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

2015 Youth Media Awards Broadcast Live from Chicago on February 2

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You don’t have to be in Chicago on Monday, February 2 to share in the excitement of the American Library Association’s 2015 Youth Media Awards. An internet connection is all you need.

Sponsored Content: Join Macmillan Library (Adult & Griffin Teen) @ ALA Midwinter 2015!

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We just finished packing up 102 boxes of galleys and posters for all you ALA Midwinter-going librarians! Visit us in booth #4613 for your complimentary copies. And don’t forget to put our lunchtime Saturday ALA Book Buzz on your calendar.

Sponsored: ALA Midwinter Book Buzz Smack Down

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Talia “The Terror” Sherer (St. Martin’s Griffin) and Ali “The Alien” Fisher (Tor Teen & Starscape) have confirmed that the rumors are true—they’re back in action for a one-time-only no-holds-barred reunion book buzz.

Laughter, Tears, and Gratitude at ALA Youth Media Awards Ceremonies | ALA 2014

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At the Printz Award Ceremony and the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet, the authors’ acceptance speeches ranged from moving to side-splitting, and the enthralled audience was dressed to the nines.

SLJTeen Does Las Vegas and Lives to Tell the Tale | ALA 2014 Highlights

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SLJTeen editor Dodie Ownes highlights her favorite events and programs at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Scenes from the ‘Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off’ | ALA 2014

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“The rules are: I get to make up the rules for this thing.” And with that, Master of Ceremonies Jon Scieszka opened the first “Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off,” held June 29 at ALA Annual and featuring ‘contestants’ Anna Dewdney, Judy Schachner, Loren Long, and Oliver Jeffers.

Diversity Movement Gains Visibility at ALA Annual | ALA 2014

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Addressing the groundswell of support for more diverse children’s literature, Lee & Low publisher Jason Low spoke at the ALA Annual Conference about where the movement is now and what still needs to happen.

Early Learning, Partnerships Top Trends at 2014 ALA Annual | ALA 2014

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Prevailing topics for youth librarians included the influence of the Guerrilla Storytime movement, the increased collaboration and cooperation between schools and public libraries, and a nostalgia for some favorite authors.

ALSC President’s Program: Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, and Communities | ALA 2014

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At the ALA conference on June 30, over 200 youth librarians spent an hour and a half listening to three dynamic presentations during ALSC President’s Program, “The Ripple Effect: Library Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, Communities and Beyond.”

Meg Medina, John Parra, and Others Honored at the Int’l Latino Book Awards | ALA 2014

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For the first time, the winners of the 2014 International Latino Book Awards were revealed concurrently with the ALA Annual Conference. Among this year’s 231 honorees, recognized during a ceremony at the Clark County-Las Vegas Library Theater on June 28, were well known children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, such as Alma Flor Ada, Meg Medina, and John Parra.

Scenes from the American Library Association Annual Meeting | ALA 2014

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Views from the floor of the American Library Association Annual Meeting, from the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet to the Ultimate Picture Book Sketch Off.

Kid Lit Authors Share the Love During ALA Speed Dating Event | ALA Annual 2014

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Ding! With the peal of a bell, 21 children’s and YA authors started chatting eagerly to tables of librarians during a ‘speed dating’ event at the ALA Annual Conference.

Your Guide to Brand New & Upcoming Titles | ALA 2014 Galley Guide

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Your galley guide for ALA Annual 2014. Perfect for those attending the conference looking to snag their next great read, and for any librarian interested in a sneak peek of upcoming Fall 2014 titles.

Junior Library Guild To Roll Out New EBook Service For Libraries| ALA 2014

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On June 26 at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, Junior Library Guild will release a new ebook product, JLG ebooks, for libraries across the country.

Sponsored: Griffin Teen @ ALA Annual—Viva Las Vegas

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Griffin Teen (a division of Macmillan) invites librarians to visit booth #528 at ALA Annual in Las Vegas for author signings, giveaways, and more. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.