Angeline Boulley, mindful storytimes, Carnegie Medals

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Angeline Boulley

Author Angeline Boulley is living proof that it’s never too late to write your own story. Boulley, who is 56, first got the idea for her young adult novel Firekeeper’s Daughter (Henry Holt and Co., 2021), about an 18-year-old Ojibwe girl who helps an undercover FBI investigation, when she was a senior in high school. But she didn’t start writing her debut until she was 44—and the book wasn’t published until a decade after that.


I just attended an excellent and very useful session about conducting an in-house diversity audit using simple tools like Excel! I would love to make that my library’s next big project #LibLearnX —@jckphnx
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This session will introduce techniques for bringing mindfulness into youth services through mindfulness storytimes. Participants will receive a demonstration that will leave them calmer and more ready to tackle the day. 12:30–1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 23.

School librarian Cicely Lewis started the Read Woke Challenge in 2017 in response to police violence against young unarmed Black people, regressive immigration policies, and a lack of diversity in young adult literature. She will discuss books that she has authored for her own Read Woke Books imprint. 2–2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 23.


Introducing LibLearnX

Get to know ALA’s newest conference, LibLearnX (January 21–24). American Libraries previews the speakers, awards, educational sessions, and networking opportunities awaiting attendees at this all-virtual event.

Jacqueline Woodson

Award-winning author will appear as a Theater Speaker at 3:30 p.m. today. Read this 2015 American Libraries interview for her thoughts on diversity in YA literature and childhood memories of libraries.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction winners will be announced today at the , starting at 4:30 p.m. See which six books have been shortlisted for the awards.


Check out our complete conference coverage on .


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