ALA Annual Sessions To Note for School and Children's Librarians

If you’re a school, children’s, or teen librarian going to Chicago for the American Library Association conference, these are just some of the sessions that may be of interest.


In addition to the author signings, panels, and a chance to network and socialize with fellow librarians, ALA Annual is packed with professional development opportunities and practical guidance for the times. If you’re a school, children’s, or teen librarian going to Chicago for the conference, these sessions may be of interest (all times are local).

Friday, June 23

9 a.m.–12 p.m. Exploring with Tweens! Creating STEAM Exploration Spaces that are Inclusive, Equitable, and Accessible for Youth


Saturday, June 24

9–10 a.m. Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit for Libraries

11 a.m.–12 p.m. A Bridge to Parent Engagement in School Partnerships

1–2 p.m. Books Under Fire: Law and the Right to Read, 2023

1–2 p.m. Jazzing up Youth Creativity: Free Arts Programs for Libraries

2:30–3:30 p.m. Censorship and Diversity: How Do Librarians Continue to Protect the
Rights of Marginalized Communities Amid Targeted Book Challenges?

4–5 p.m. Gaming in School Libraries

4–5 p.m. Near–Peer Leadership at the Library: Teens Inspiring Kids through Tutoring, Storytelling, and Readers’ Advisory

4–5 p.m. Supporting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Development with Children’s Literature


Sunday, June 25

9–10 a.m. In Search of Teens: A Discussion on How to Welcome More Teens into Our Libraries

11 a.m.–12 p.m. Cataloging Correctly For Kids: The Basics of Cataloging Materials for Young People

11 a.m.–12 p.m. Help! They’re coming for our books!

1–2 p.m. BookTube, Bookstagram, and BookTok, Oh My: Understanding the Online “Bookaverse” As Tool for Professional Development

1–2 p.m. Make the Most of Banned Books Week

1–2 p.m. Trust the Kids: How Chicago Public Library Supports Youth Autonomy

2:30–3:30 p.m. Activating Community Support with Unite Against Book Bans

2:30–3:30 p.m. Showing Off: End of Year Reporting


Monday, June 26

9–10 a.m. Building Joy–Centric Libraries: An Experiential Workshop

9–10 a.m. Is Your Library Challenge-Ready?

9–10 a.m. Library Card Policies: Do They Work for Teens?

1–2 p.m. K–12 Copyright 101 for School Librarians

The full conference program can be found at

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