Annual Conference returns to Chicago

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Welcome to American Libraries’ Daily Scoop. This newsletter brings you coverage of ALA’s 2023 Annual Conference and Exhibition once a day from June 23 to June 27. To opt out, please . As always, you can find all our . Thanks!


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It’s been six years since librarianship’s largest event has taken place in Chicago. Read our roundup of the can’t-miss programs, speakers, awards, and social networking opportunities at this year’s conference.


So excited to bring my mom—a retired school librarian—to her first @ALALibrary conference! #alaac23 —@BespokeLib
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Times listed are Central.

Author Judy Blume will open conference with a discussion of her prolific body of work—including the Fudge series, Just as Long as We’re Together, and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.—and her experiences with book challenges. 4–5:30 p.m. Friday, June 23.

Following the Opening Session ribbon-cutting, head to the exhibit hall for a reception that includes food, giveaways, and entertainment. This year’s marketplace will feature more than 600 exhibitors and 300 presentations on multiple live stages. 5:30–7 p.m. Friday, June 23.

This event at Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave.), open to all conference attendees, will honor ALA award winners, Spectrum Scholarship recipients, and Emerging Leaders. 8–10 p.m. Friday, June 23.


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“I think of how many times I’ve been told about a librarian who saved a life by offering the right book at the right time,” Judy Blume told American Libraries in a Newsmaker interview in 2014. Read more from that interview before you head to her

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Last night, author and scholar Ibram X. Kendi headlined American Libraries talked with him and his How to Be a (Young) Antiracist coauthor Nic Stone at LibLearnX in January about the ongoing wave of book challenges and what makes him hopeful for the future.

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Want to know what to do, see, and eat while you’re here? American Libraries has you covered. Check out our , a , and our featuring segments on the city’s pizza and zine scenes.


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