Jill Nishi of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation kicked off a panel discussion of “Recovery along the Gulf Coast” by saying it was hard for her to believe that it has been five years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged large portions of Mississippi and Louisiana. “But so much has been accomplished,” she added.
Activist writer Dan Savage keynoted the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans today by explaining how his new book, It Gets Better, was inspired by a rash of suicides by gay teens who commit suicide because they cannot picture a future that would be good enough to make up for the pain they are in now.
Melinda Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, greeted ALA Annual Conference attendees via video during the Opening General Session today in New Orleans. She emphasized the importance of libraries and the tireless work they do to improve lives in their communities by providing necessary resources to people during tough times.
Draped on the exterior of the Palace of Culture and Science, a gigantic digitally altered photograph of Marie Składowska Curie welcomed readers to the May 12 opening day of the four-day Warsaw Book Fair in Poland.