Ruby Bridges, Ethan Hawke, the 2020 challenge

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Ruby Bridges

In 1960, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges made history when she became the first Black student to desegregate an all-white US school—William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. Now 66, Bridges has reflected on her life in a book for kids titled This Is Your Time, which she discussed with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on Friday...


Stan Sakai

Award-winning cartoonist Stan Sakai has been telling the story of the same 17th-century fictional rabbit samurai, Miyamoto Usagi, for 35 years with just ink and paper—and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “Once I started drawing Usagi Yojimbo, I fell in love with the character...

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After a transformational 2020, libraries continue to prepare for spikes in demand and expectations from their digital audiences. Join OverDrive at this session to hear from library leaders who have developed best practices and invested in overcoming obstacles of the COVID-induced “new normal.” On-demand starting Saturday.

This live panel session, moderated by King County (Wash.) Library System Executive Director Lisa Rosenblum, examines how library service models should adapt in response to societal stresses, including the pandemic and calls to address social justice. 11 a.m.–noon Saturday, January 23.

Actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke has appeared in more than 80 films and earned four Academy Award nominations. His forthcoming novel, A Bright Ray of Darkness, tells the story of a young man making his Broadway debut as his marriage implodes. 12:30–1 p.m. Saturday, January 23.

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Midwinter preview

Read our roundup to learn about the can’t-miss programs, speakers, awards, and social networking opportunities awaiting attendees at this year’s all-virtual event.

Ziggy Marley

Reggae icon and children’s book author Ziggy Marley takes the stage at 3 p.m. today as a featured speaker. We interviewed him earlier this year about his writing, music, and pandemic experience.

I Love My Librarian Award

ALA will honor 10 librarians for outstanding service at today’s I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony, which starts at 2:30 p.m. Read their inspiring stories before you attend.


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