Poet Amanda Gorman and illustrator Christian Robinson in conversation

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Amanda Gorman

Terra Dankowski writes: “Something, Someday, a new picture book authored by poet Amanda Gorman and illustrated by Caldecott Medal honoree Christian Robinson, is a book about fixing problems. Gorman began the Closing Session of ALA’s 2023 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago on June 27 by reading a passage to the audience. ‘I’m sure I’m not the only adult feeling a little weepy,’ responded sociologist, author, and artist Eve Ewing, the session’s moderator. Ewing engaged Gorman and Robinson in a conversation about how Something, Someday came to be, who their influences are, and what inspires them to be their best selves.”...

AL: The Scoop, June 28

Becky Calzada, district library coordinator at Leander (Tex.) Independent School District

Book challenges and censorship attempts have hit unprecedented levels the last few years. Programming at Annual Conference (June 22–27) reflected this trend, including sessions with in the fight against book bans, political influencer Emily Amick , and the ALA Policy Corps discussing how can help change the narrative....

AL: The Scoop, June 24–26

Judy Blume

There was no shortage of star power at Annual. The conference kicked off with and welcomed other big names, such as authors ; sisters and authors ; comedian and disability advocate ; ; Librarian of Congress ; and author and filmmaker ....

AL: The Scoop, June 23–27

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Aaron LaFromboise, director of library services at Medicine Spring Library at Blackfeet Community College in Browning, Montana

Programs at Annual covered diverse subject matter appealing to every library type. Sessions explored , , , , , , , , , , , and much more. ....

AL: The Scoop, June 24–27

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At Annual: ALA Council voted on key issues related to the Association’s governance and operations. Check out our recaps of , , and ....

AL: The Scoop, June 25–26

Books locked with chains

On June 22, ALA announced that it will distribute $1 million to support and expand intellectual freedom initiatives as the nation grapples with rising censorship challenges. The funding will enable the Association to double staffing in its Office for Intellectual Freedom, expand the Lawyers for Libraries and Law for Librarians programs, support existing resources and new education initiatives, underwrite the commission of new intellectual freedom research, and convene a National Summit on Intellectual Freedom in Washington, D.C., in January 2024. The funding for these endeavors comes from Solidarity Giving....

ALA, June 22

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On June 25, ALA and the Association of American Publishers announced that it is calling on members of the book community to affirm their commitment to the for its 70th anniversary. They are joined by the Authors Guild, American Booksellers Association, and numerous other signatories. First published on June 25, 1953, the Freedom to Read Statement begins with this timeless observation: “The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack.” Authors who have signed on include Laurie Halse Anderson, Ibram X. Kendi, Jodi Picoult, Salman Rushdie, and many more....

ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office, June 25

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In a speech at Annual Conference on June 23, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced she is proposing a rulemaking that would allow the purchase of Wi-Fi hotspots under the FCC’s E-Rate program, so that school and public libraries can lend them for home use. The new measures to modernize E-Rate funding rules, dubbed Learn Without Limits, would also support Wi-Fi on school buses. On June 26, the Biden Administration announced state allocations for a $42.5 billion high-speed internet grant program as part of its ....

ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office, June 26

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ALA is now accepting applications for the 2024 class of Emerging Leaders. The program enables newer library workers from across the US and Canada to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership role. . The deadline to apply is September 9. ...

ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, June 26

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