The April announcement of the Soon to Be Famous Author Project winner took place at the Illinois Library Association in Chicago. Front, from left: Denise Raleigh, Michael Alan Peck, and Cris Cigler. Back, from left: Donna Fletcher, Julie Stam, Lucy Tarabour, Nikki Zimmermann, and Jennifer Amling.

Soon to Be … Awarded

June 12, 2015

“A group of us who knew each other gathered spontaneously outside of the room after the talk and just got jazzed about it and said, ‘We really should do something,’” says Sue Wilsey, communication manager at the Helen Plum Memorial Library in Lombard, Illinois. What resulted was the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project, … Continue reading Soon to Be … Awarded

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson named Young People’s Poet Laureate

June 3, 2015

The role of the young people’s poet laureate is to raise awareness that young people have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them. The $25,000 laureate title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for … Continue reading Jacqueline Woodson named Young People’s Poet Laureate

2015 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition

2015 ALA Annual Preview

May 29, 2015

Annual will also feature a full slate of author programs, award presentations, special events, and other activities. This preview offers a small sample. For a complete listing, visit Conference highlights The Opening General Session, on Friday, June 26, 4–5:15 p.m., will feature Roberta Kaplan, the litigator who helped invalidate a key section of the … Continue reading 2015 ALA Annual Preview

The bar at Marlowe. Photo: Eric Wolfinger

Dining in the Golden City

May 29, 2015

Some are white-tablecloth establishments that present culinary masterpieces with warm formality, while others are so casual they practically toss you your food, a paper plate, and a napkin from out of the side of a truck. It’s impossible to get in and out of San Francisco without having a gastronomic epiphany, or at least a … Continue reading Dining in the Golden City

2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

2015 ALA Annual Must-Dos

May 7, 2015

Focus on the future As community centers and tech­nology hubs, libraries are always ­forward-focused. ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries presents various sessions concentrated on the ­Library of the Future. Hear experts from Google, Steelcase, and the Long Now Foundation discuss trends in ­libraries and the latest on innovative learning, online search, and literacy. … Continue reading 2015 ALA Annual Must-Dos

Travel Grants for San Francisco

September 17, 2014

Deadline: October 1, 2014 Penguin Young Readers Group Award Description: Up to four children’s librarians can receive a stipend to attend their first ALA Annual Conference. Award amount: $600 Requirement: Must be ALSC member Administered by: ALSC Sponsored by: Penguin Young Readers Group Deadline: December 1, 2014 Baker & Taylor Conference Grant Description: Two grants for … Continue reading Travel Grants for San Francisco