Conference preview, Sophia Thakur, advocacy after COVID-19

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ALA Virtual (June 24–26), the Association's first-ever online-only member engagement event, kicks off today. Read our preview for the can’t-miss programs, speakers, awards, and social networking opportunities.



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Poet, model, and motivational speaker Sophia Thakur, author of the forthcoming poetry collection Somebody Give This Heart a Pen, has been described as “this generation’s first poetry influencer.” 1–1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24.

Panelists will discuss providing services for the transgender community at their libraries, starting with how they established a need for transgender programs and services in their community. 1:30–2:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 24.

Join staff from ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office for a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on the US Census and 2020 election. 2:30–3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24.


Misty Copeland

Ballet dancer and author Misty Copeland opens ALA Virtual today. See what she said about books and libraries when American Libraries interviewed her for National Library Week 2018.

The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome

Our latest podcast episode features Coretta Scott King Book Award–winning illustrators April Harrison and James E. Ransome, who will be honored at the joint Book Award Celebration on Sunday.


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