March 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Scenes From the 2016 ALA Conference in Orlando

Take a peek at industry glitterati, enthusiastic librarians, snazzy shoes, and more of the fun had at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

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Newbery honoree Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of Echo, stuns in her banquet finery.

ALA_2016_Quarto drives

Publisher Quarto drove the excitement of its new offerings home, so to speak.

ALA_2016_Bryan Collier illustrator Abrams

Bryan Collier, illustrator of Trombone Shorty, drew a crowd at the Abrams booth.

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Illustrators Christian Robinson (Last Stop on Market Street) and Sophie Blackall (Finding Winnie) take a break.

ALA_2016_Cynthia Alaniz (TX), Becky Calzada (TX) and Alyson Beecher (CA) school librarians goodies

A trio of librarians showing off choice goodies collected while perusing the booths. From left: Cynthia Alaniz (TX), Becky Calzada (TX), and Alyson Beecher (CA).

ALA_2016_Laura Ruby, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Sona Charaipotra and Alex Finn

From left: Authors Laura Ruby (Bone Gap), Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Eighth Grade Super Zero), Sona Charaipotra (Tiny Pretty Things), and Alex Flinn (the upcoming Beheld) share a laugh.

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Medlar. Andrew Medlar. The ALSC president was Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet master of ceremonies.

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The 2016 Printz committee members rock their Bone Gap tattoos.


Who’s that good-looking guy? John Schumacher, better known as Mr. Schu, and ambassador for school libraries at Scholastic Book Fairs, meets his match at the Scholastic booth.

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Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Ashes, was proud to be at the Simon & Schuster booth.

ALA_2016_Sherri Duskey Rinker and Angela DiTerluzzi had the same shoes at Newbery

Great minds strut alike. Sherri Duskey Rinker and Angelia DiTerlizzi showed up in the same shoes. What are the odds?

ALA_2016_Sherri Duskey Rinker, Molly Idle, Angela, Tony DiTerlizzi

From left: Sherri Duskey Rinker, author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site;  Molly Idle, 2014 Caldecott honoree for Flora and the Flamingo; and writer and illustrator duo Angela and Tony DiTerlizzi are dressed to impress at the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet.

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Rocco Staino About Rocco Staino

Rocco Staino @RoccoA is the retired director of the Keefe Library of the North Salem School District in New York. He is now a contributing editor for School Library Journal and also writes for the Huffington Post.



  1. Great photos of a great conference! Thanks Rocco!

  2. So fun! We shared on our twitter and FB. Great photos!