Judy Blume, Carnegie Medal winners, invisibly disabled students

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For author Judy Blume, whose prolific body of work includes such books as Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. and Forever, the concept of censorship isn’t new. Her titles have appeared on most-challenged books lists for decades. “When I wrote [Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.] in 1970, I gave three copies to my children’s elementary school,” she said. “The male principal took them off the shelf. I think he gave them back to me. And he said, ‘We can’t have these books here.’”


You know you’re at a library conference when there’s a large round of applause for a tote bag. (It’s a cool anti–book ban tote bag.) #ALAAC23 —@Avi_ouslyy
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Sisters Idina Menzel (actor and singer known for Rent, Wicked, and Frozen) and Cara Mentzel (author of Voice Lessons: A Sisters Story) will share the inspiration behind their new lyrical picture book, Proud Mouse. 11 a.m.–noon Saturday, June 24.

Staffers from Tulsa (Okla.) City–County Library will share tips on how to plan and design an app, from meeting specific user needs and coordinating development to generating content and testing functionality. 1–2 p.m. Saturday, June 24.

This session will provide a brief overview of invisible disabilities, neurodivergence, and ableism, with a discussion of ways that librarians can proactively support invisibly disabled students in programs and services. 4–5 p.m. Saturday, June 24.


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The recipients of the 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction will be honored tonight at Learn more about winners Julie Otsuka and Ed Yong and the other finalists.

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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.

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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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