Luvvie Ajayi Jones, underrepresented readers, financial well-being

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The road to financial empowerment begins with knowledge. That was the message at “Help Build a Community’s Financial Well-Being,” a June 27 program at ALA’s 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. Patrons and students need guidance to navigate what can feel like an overwhelmingly complex financial landscape. And if the nation is to address its wealth inequality, libraries can help.


Vanessa L. Torres, author of The Turning Pointe (Knopf Books for Young Readers, February) and member of Las Musas, a collective of Latinx women and female-identifying authors, wasn’t the kid that hung out at the library. “I didn’t know that there were other kids out there that had the same experience as me,” she said. “And I think, had I seen [myself] in books, I wouldn’t have been a reluctant reader.”


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Wow, my love for libraries and for writing has been fully renewed. This conference was exactly what my heart and mind needed. I got to see dear friends, meet friends I had only seen virtually, and make new friends! And now, on to sightseeing! 💕 #alaac22 —@jerhende
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Library of Congress staffers will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of the library’s preservation activities, including physical collections management, digital reformatting, and treatment of special collections. Registration is required. 10–11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28.

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is an award-winning author, speaker, and podcast host who combines humor, media, and justice to inspire others to be their boldest, truest selves. She will discuss her recent bestseller, Rising Troublemaker: A Fear-Fighter Manual for Teens. 11 a.m.–noon Tuesday, June 28.

Outgoing ALA President Patricia “Patty” M. Wong will pass the gavel to incoming ALA President Lessa Kananiʻopua Pelayo-Lozada and welcome new division presidents at this event. Tickets are $50. 12:30–3 p.m. Tuesday, June 28.


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ALA Council conducted three meetings at Annual to vote on key issues related to the Association’s governance and operations. Check out our recaps of the , , and meetings.

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Spending some extra time in D.C.? The 2022 Local Information Committee of ALA’s New Members Round Table has created a Google Map that highlights restaurants, coffee shops, and attractions in the city.


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