On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 School Library Journal, librarians and educators gathered at the UIC Forum in Chicago for our most anticipated event of the year. Attendees were informed, inspired, and entertained by the best authors, editors, and publishers in the industry. The day was spent discussing the latest trends inside scoops on the hottest books in the world of children’s and young adult literature.

This event included a full day of panels and speaker presentations by celebrated authors as well as breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception. Attendees enjoyed access to exclusive author signings, free ARCs, and opportunities to network with colleagues from around the country in an intimate library-centric setting. Attendees got a first look at exciting titles due out in the fall and walked away with bags filled with books, and ideas for their libraries and classrooms.

See the schedule page for more information about the day’s program.

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Here’s what librarians had to say about Day of Dialog 2015

“After attending my first School Library Journal Day of Dialog I cannot believe I waited this long to attend this amazing day of books, authors and panel discussions. Next year’s Day of Dialog can’t come soon enough!”
– Michelle Rorke, Commack Public Library

“The day was truly inspirational. In education, these days, it is often easy to forget that one or our greatest responsibilities toward our students is to nurture a love of reading and of books. This day helped me to reset my priorities in a way that is more truly aligned with what I value as a teacher.”
– Linda Pickett, Meadow Pond Elementary School

“Out of all the workshops and conferences for School Librarians, SLJ’s Day of Dialog is a must! I can’t imagine a year teaching without it! If you have one year of experience or 30, SLJ’s Day of Dialog is a “must” attend! PS Even though I’m raving about it, I don’t want to rave so much that I don’t get a spot next year!!!”
– Laurel Sharp, Barclay School, Brockport CSD

“Hands down the best day of professional development for school librarians, SLJ DoD has it all: authors, publishers, vendors, and of course, librarians!”
– Alicia Blowers, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School


Check out our post-event coverage here!

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UIC Forum
725 Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60607

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CDT)

“As a librarian who selects for both children and teens, there is no other event that is as important, useful, or professionally and personally enjoyable. It’s a great way to spend a day!”

– Kacy Helwick,
New Orleans Public Library

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