Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone, Dungeons & Dragons, food literacy

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Nic Stone and Ibram X.Kendi

Author and scholar Ibram X. Kendi and young adult and middle-grade author Nic Stone kicked off LibLearnX on January 28 as its opening speakers, discussing their new book, How to Be a (Young) Antiracist. The discussion was moderated by Nichelle M. Hayes, director of Indianapolis Public Library’s Center for Black Literature & Culture and president of the Black Caucus of ALA.


At “Critical Hit! Table Top Gaming in the Library,” a January 28 session at the American Library Association’s 2023 LibLearnX conference in New Orleans, Molly Virello, head of children’s services at Southington (Conn.) Public Library, shared how to run a Dungeons & Dragons session for new players, including basic game terminology and what library workers should consider if they want to start their own program.

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Nothing says a school librarian conference like a bag of 📚and an early morning start with @DrIbram and #NicStone #LibLearnX @SCASLNet —@hmspires
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Project Tomorrow partnered with Thorndike Press to investigate how large print–formatted books affect students’ reading engagement and achievement levels. In this session, participants will use study data to envision strategies that can help those who are unmotivated to read, have learning challenges, and are learning English. 1–2:15 p.m. Sunday, January 29.



Is your library looking to create transformative adult learning outcomes? In this session sponsored by Gale, panelists will examine gaps that libraries face in supporting adult learning, evaluate adult learning resources and programs, and discuss how public and state libraries can partner to better help patrons reach their educational goals. 1:30–2:45 p.m. Sunday, January 29.

Creators and hosts of Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library’s successful Cooking by the Book YouTube series will share best practices for highlighting your library’s cookbook collection and helping patrons become more proficient in the kitchen. Participants will learn tips for filming and editing a cooking show on a limited budget. 3:30–4:45 p.m. Sunday, January 29.


Carnegie medals

The 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction winners will be announced today at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards, starting at 4 p.m. on the Studio Stage. See which six books were shortlisted for the awards.

Mardi Gras parade

Read our roundup of the can’t-miss programs, speakers, awards, and social networking opportunities at this year’s event.

Styrofoam cup of seafood gumbo

Looking for a quick bite between sessions, the best gumbo, or an epicurean destination away from the action? Our New Orleans dining guide showcases different price points, neighborhoods, and cuisines—and has you covered for your stay.

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Our latest episode celebrates the bites, sounds, and culture of Louisiana with segments on New Orleans Public Library’s free music streaming service Crescent City Sounds and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s new culinary library in St. Bernard Parish.


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