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Ani DiFranco at LibLearnX

Megan Bennett writes: “Over several decades of being a singer-songwriter and activist, Ani DiFranco says her favorite part of her work has been being a community builder. Or, as she described it, a ‘community instigator’—connecting people and their shared experiences through music. The Grammy Award winner and bestselling author closed out ALA’s 2023 LibLearnX conference in her home city of New Orleans on January 30, ahead of the release of her first children’s book The Knowing.”...

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Youth Media Award winners

On January 30, ALA announced the top books, digital media, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards—at LibLearnX. Freewater, written by Amina Luqman-Dawson, is the 2023 Newbery Medal winner. Hot Dog, illustrated and written by Doug Salati, is the 2023 Caldecott Medal winner. ...

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Carnegie award winners

ALA has selected The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka as the winner of the 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong as the winner of the 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. The selections were announced during LibLearnX on January 29 at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards. “A hearty congratulations to our medalists for achieving such high standards of excellence with their latest books,” said Stephen Sposato, chair of the selection committee for the 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence, in the ....

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Nic Stone and Ibram X. Kendi

Authors and illustrators informed and entertained audiences with their stories at LibLearnX: shared why teens are “hungry for the information” in How to Be a (Young) Antiracist. spoke of her catalytic experience seeing Martin Luther King Jr. at 12 years old. talked about how their children’s book My Powerful Hair gives Native youth the representation they themselves didn’t have. And revealed the books and artists who have influenced his career. ...

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Speaker at LibLearnX

Presenters at LibLearnX covered a wide range of topics, including for handling and ; ways to organize workers and sustain ; programming around ; using the creative process of ; addressing the caused by COVID-19; and hosting at your library. ...

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ALA Council conducted meetings at LibLearnX to vote on key issues related to the Association’s governance and operations. Check out our recaps of the and meetings....

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At the LibLearnX welcome reception on January 27, ALA honored the 10 recipients of this year’s I Love My Librarian Awards. Learn about these dedicated public, school, and academic librarians and their outstanding contributions to the profession....

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On January 30, Core released its 2023 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. The lists are composed of notable children’s and young adult science fiction published between November 2021 and October 2022 and organized into three age-appropriate categories. For a fully annotated list or lists of past winners, visit ....

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Sandy Himel, UL Lafayette associate professor and head of government information

In our January/February issue, American Libraries profiles University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s (UL Lafayette) Cajun and Creole Music Collection, including the many items that celebrate the region’s swamp pop genre. Swamp pop grew to prominence in 1950s southern Louisiana and southeast Texas and blended the emerging sounds of rock ’n roll with New Orleans–style rhythm and blues and traditional Cajun music. “My parents met at a prominent club for swamp pop music,” says Sandy Himel, UL Lafayette associate professor and head of government information....

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