Billie Jean King, sustainability, outreach to teens

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Billie Jean King

Tennis legend Billie Jean King was in “the zone.” From discussing pay equity to police brutality to affordable childcare to the rights of transgender athletes and people with disabilities, the sports great hit ace after ace at Annual on June 25. “Show up, speak up, stand up,” the 39-time Grand Slam winner told attendees during her nearly hourlong talk. “Everyone is an influencer.”


Office Supply Grab Bag

“We used to give out a lot of things and then at the end of the day we’d find the plastic toys broken, discarded, and they didn’t last very long,” said Kacper Jarecki, library manager at Queens (N.Y.) Public Library. The long-term impact of this cycle has led some library workers to reimagine the role and utility of “library swag.”


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I have a feeling that from now on, any time I watch a Stanley Tucci movie, I'll have a Pavlovian response and need to eat pasta, specifically bolognese. Fun to listen to him share his love of cooking. #ALAAC21 —@TheLadyRoe


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High levels of psychological safety in the workplace are linked to better outcomes, increased innovation, and deeper work satisfaction. In this session, presenters will discuss the forces working against psychological safety, such as tone policing, vocabulary shaming, and remote work. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26.

Learn what outreach to teens looks like, how to create partnerships, and how to identify goals and outcomes for outreach from Jess Snow, author of the ALA Editions title Outreach Services for Teens: A Starter Guide. 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Saturday, June 26.

Grammy-winning country musician Trisha Yearwood is host of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen on the Food Network and author of three cookbooks. Her latest, Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family, features recipes designed to bring people together. 1–1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26.


Savala Nolan

Lawyer, speaker, and writer at 2:30 p.m. today. American Libraries talked with Nolan about themes of identity and representation in her debut collection Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body.


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