I Love My Librarian, Julia Alvarez, Carnegie shortlist

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Homa Naficy at the 2020 I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony

For the first time, the American Library Association presented the annual I Love My Librarian Awards in a ceremony at the Midwinter Meeting. The awards honor 10 librarians per year for outstanding service....


Author Julia Alvarez

In a global climate marked by political polarization and environmental degradation, how do individuals define themselves? Author Julia Alvarez investigated this question in the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture.

Matthew Bollerman

In 2019, the American Library Association adopted sustainability as a core value of the library profession. But what does that mean, and how can it be implemented?

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This session will explore effective practices for school libraries seeking to recognize the contributions of LGBTQ individuals and groups through collection development, instruction, online resources, programs, and events. 1–2 p.m. Sunday, January 26.

Bestselling authors Judy Batalion, Janelle Brown, Amy Engel, Lily King, Sam Lansky, and David Nicholls will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books during this ticketed event. 2–4 p.m. Sunday, January 26. Tickets are $65 onsite.

Award-winning chef and author Jeff Henderson was told his imprisonment for drug trafficking would prevent him from ever getting a job. With help from the prison library and fellow inmates, he discovered a love of cooking and has since risen to the top of his field. 3:30–5 p.m. Sunday, January 26.


Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

At tonight’s RUSA Book and Media Awards (5–7 p.m. Sunday, January 26), the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction will be announced. Catch up on the six books shortlisted for the awards.

Liberty Bell

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

Reading Terminal Market

Looking for a quick bite between conference sessions, a tutorial on the many cheesesteaks, or an epicurean destination away from the action? Our Philadelphia dining guide showcases different price points, neighborhoods, and styles of cuisine—and has you covered for your stay.

Dewey Decibel podcast

Looking for even more to do in Philly? Dewey Decibel podcast’s “Insider’s Guide to Philadelphia” features tips on must-see cultural sites and places to eat inside Reading Terminal Market.


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