Conference preview, Danny Trejo, magic

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Annual Conference Preview

Following yesterday’s slate of Library Marketplace speakers, the American Library Association’s 2021 Annual Conference and Exhibition (June 23–29) opens today. Read our roundup of the can’t-miss programs, speakers, awards, and social networking opportunities.


Danny Trejo

Actor Danny Trejo is an intimidating on-screen presence. In films like Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, and Heat, and TV shows like The Flash, the sinewy, scarred, tattooed actor has played all manner of toughs—performances no doubt informed by an abusive childhood, heroin addiction, and younger years spent in some of the US’s most notorious prisons. Off-screen, however, Trejo is another person altogether: a positive, humble man who gives back to the community by helping those in recovery.


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Danny Trejo and Donal Logue talking about the Library of Alexandria during #alaac21 just made my day and set the bar for this entire conference #librarytwitter —@HPVanDyne
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When students see themselves reflected in mirror texts, they are empowered. When they see others different from themselves in window texts, their worldview and sense of empathy expand. Join presenters from Reading Plus and Highlights magazine for a discussion about equity, diversity, and inclusion, and how these values are central to their work. On demand.

In 2020, unprecedented numbers of people joined the Black Lives Matter movement and other efforts to address and dismantle structural racism and white supremacy. Hear from creators of the Racial Justice Challenge to learn how this program can be applied in different organizations. 11 a.m.–noon Thursday, June 24.

Melissa de la Cruz is the bestselling author of more than 50 books, including the Descendants series and the Blue Bloods series. She will discuss Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy, her book for middle-grade readers. 4:30–5 p.m. Thursday, June 24.


Call Number podcast

Investigative reporter and author at 10 a.m. today. American Libraries’ own Call Number podcast talked with her earlier this year about her Pulitzer Prize–winning 1619 Project, a groundbreaking look at the legacy of Black Americans.


Magic book

World-famous illusionist (or does he?) as a featured speaker at 1:30 p.m. today. Get in the mood for magic by reading about the Omaha (Neb.) Magical Society’s 1,200-item collection at University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Carnegie award winners

The virtual gala ceremony for the kicks off at 3 p.m. today. Learn more about winners James McBride (for Deacon King Kong) and Rebecca Giggs (for Fathoms: The World in the Whale) and their books.



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