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Fifty years ago, illustrator Ekua Holmes couldn’t find any books featuring children of color. “I didn’t see any reflections of girls like me,” she said.

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Graphic novelist Frank Miller, known for his Sin City series, and Tom Wheeler, storywriter for the upcoming film Dora and the Lost City of Gold, are creating the Netflix show Cursed, based on their book of the same name and rooted in Arthurian legend. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 23.

In “Make, Prototype, Patent, Manufacture: The Full Cycle of Inventing in Library Makerspaces,” a panel (that will include representatives from the US Patent and Trademark Office) will discuss how libraries can serve as centers of creation and incubators for business. 4–5 p.m. Sunday, June 23.

This Association for Library Service to Children banquet celebrates the authors and illustrators of Newbery, Caldecott, and Children’s Literature Legacy medalist and honoree books. Tickets are $96. Registration is required. 6–11 p.m. Sunday, June 23.


Not sure which programs to attend? Our conference preview has the details on can’t-miss authors and speakers, professional development opportunities, and special events happening at the convention center and around Washington, D.C.

Looking for a quick bite between sessions, a drink on Capitol Hill, or an epicurean destination away from all the action? Our D.C. dining guide features different price points, neighborhoods, and styles of cuisine—and has you covered for the duration of your stay.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. Read our interviews with nine past winners, honorees, and committee members—including Ashley Bryan, Bryan Collier, and Claire Hartfield—who have been a part of these influential children’s book awards that demonstrate an appreciation of African-American culture and universal human values.

Looking for even more to do in our nation’s capital? Dewey Decibel podcast’s “Insider’s Guide to Washington, D.C.” features tips on where to see live music and other places to eat. The episode includes interviews with Meredith Pratt, author of Frommer’s EasyGuide to Washington, D.C., 2020, and D.C. Public Library staffers.


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