Deaf engagement, Celeste Ng, COVID-19 vaccines

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Author Celeste Ng

The protagonist of Celeste Ng’s new novel is only 12 years old. An age, said Ng, when a person begins to have some agency in life but is still very much a child. The critically acclaimed author spoke with librarian and author Nancy Pearl at the ALA’s 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition on Sunday, June 26, about the new novel, Our Missing Hearts.


Librarians KayCee Choi and Alicia Deal

Alice L. Hagemeyer, retired librarian for the Deaf for DC Public Library, joined the ALA in 1976. She says it was a time when people looked at American Sign Language in a negative light and schools focused on teaching Deaf students how learn and speak English.

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COVID-19 vaccination rates among kids 5–11 have trailed rates of other age groups. This session will highlight ways that libraries can provide information to parents and families about COVID-19 vaccines using resources from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ “We Can Do This” campaign. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Monday, June 27.

Sensory spaces provide tactile, calming, and interactive environments for children and adults who have autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, and other conditions. This session will address design and layout, equipment, programming, and funding considerations for these spaces. 1–2 p.m. Monday, June 27.

Enjoy refreshments while listening to bestselling writers talk about their forthcoming titles. Authors in attendance will include Buzz Bissinger, Jonathan Dee, Jon Gray, Tricia Hersey, Dani Shapiro, and Catherine Adel West. Onsite tickets are $65. 2–4 p.m. Monday, June 27.


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After two years of virtual meetings, ALA’s 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition returns to Washington, D.C. Read our roundup of the can’t-miss programs, speakers, awards, and social networking opportunities at this year’s event.

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Need some tips for navigating D.C. and having a successful conference? Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Busboys and Poets restaurateur Andy Shallal, and ALA staffers offer expert advice for your trip to the nation’s capital.

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The 2022 Local Information Committee of ALA’s New Members Round Table has created a Google Map that highlights restaurants, coffee shops, and attractions near the convention center.


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