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Grand Hyatt Atlanta (Buckhead)
3300 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305, USA

(Deadline for conference registration was August 1.  THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION OR MEAL PAYMENTS)

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Thursday, August 10


Librarian Writer Supports Courageous Conversations, Critical Multiculturalism and Communal Networks
Librarian-author Roland Barksdale-Hall, recipient of the 2015 BCALA National Leadership Award and the county's public housing authority library director, wrote "Leadership Under Fire Communicating, Teaching and Setting Communities at Liberty"(Amber Books, 2016) because of gunfire, policing and the pain of our youth. Today's youth ran up and asked. "What are you going to do?" He struggled with what to do and changed in the process. He chose to act under fire, inspire hope and will tell the story of a library modernization,collaboration and community engagement.  Quinby Street Resource Center identifies needs, develops innovative intergenerational programming and offers the following information services:

·         Employment—find a better job, plan an exciting career

·         Career planning—help in applying to college or technical schools

·         Computer training—assistance in using computers, writing letters

·         Community programming & cultural celebrations—storytelling, tours, courses about nutrition to workshops about tracing your roots.

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Roland Barksdale-Hall

Library Director and Author, Quinby Street Resource Center
Roland Barksdale-Hall, library director, Quinby Street Resource Center, is a storyteller, faculty member at Writing Success, and author of Leadership Under Fire, Communicating, Teaching and Setting Communities at Liberty (Amber Books, 2016). He tells the story of a library modernization... Read More →


"Take It to the People": Literacy Initiatives that Connect and Empower
This session will explore the role of the school library and its responsibility in supporting students and families through creative collaborations, partnerships and services. The literacy and information needs of students and families extend beyond the school day and often require intervention and support from schools, governments and community agencies. Opportunities for strengthening student learning, family literacy and social engagement will be explored through successful models and initiatives. Group discussions and interactions will provide opportunities for sharing best practices and program innovations.

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Ida Thompson

Board Trustee, Richland Library
I am a retired educator with 39 years of experience as a school librarian, district consultant and director. I supported school library programs, technology education, and distance learning services. I am very active in local, state and national literacy and technology organizations... Read More →

Friday, August 11


Full STEAM Ahead: Engaging Youth with STEAM
President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015 as a bill that provides support for STEM education for K-12 in the U.S. In the near future there will be a need to fill jobs in all areas of STEM. Will our youth be prepared? This session will discuss how a public library engages youth with science, technology, engineering, math and even art (STEAM).

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Angiah Davis

Librarian Senior, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

Saturday, August 12


Using Diverse Books and Materials in Library and School Programs
Today's librarians serve the most diverse generation of children and teens in the United States in terms of socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, abilities, races, religions, ethnicities, and cultures. They are charged with helping better prepare them to deal with the world stage. This session will focus on various program possibilities to help accomplish this. The programs are designed for public and school librarians to help counteract the subliminal, but all too pervasive, messages children receive in the world today. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their own programming ideas and experiences.

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B A Binns

Barbara (B. A.) Binns is an African-American author who writes to inspire all ages with “stories of real boys growing into real men… and the people who love them.” She won the 2010 National Readers Choice Award for Young Adult fiction by the Portland, Oregon chapter of RWA... Read More →


Vanguards of Stories for Our Children
Authors Tonya Bolden, Zetta Elliott and Renee Watson use words and actions to reach young people. By developing concepts that reveal the political and social nature of institutions their writings engage young people's minds and spirits, urging them to become literate and active community members. Yet, why is it so difficult for them and other marginalized authors to be published? This panel will discuss why decolonization of children's literature is so critical and their work to promote and protect our history. Their projects include promoting self-publishing, restoring Langston Hughes home and writing about the National African American Museum.

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Karen Lemmons

Library Media Specialist, Detroit School of Arts
Karen Lemmons is currently a high school librarian/teacher at the Detroit School of Arts. She is Chair of BCALA Services to Children and Families of African Descent. She is a member of ALSC, AASL, and YALSA. She serves as Treasurer of the Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee. She... Read More →

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Tonya Bolden

Children's Author
Tonya Bolden is a critically acclaimed award-winning author/co-author/editor of more than two dozen books for young readers including the forthcoming Crossing Ebenezer Creek, publishing with Bloomsbury in Spring 2017. Her books include How to Build a Museum, the story of the Smithsonian... Read More →
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Zetta Elliott

YA/Children's Author
Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott moved to the US in 1994 to pursue her PhD in American Studies at NYU. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, and her plays have been staged in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, School Library... Read More →
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Renee Watson

YA/Children's Author
Renee Watson is the author of the teen novels, published by Bloomsbury Children’s books, This Side of Home and Piecing Me Together, which has received three starred reviews, as well as the middle grade novel, What Mamma Left Me, which debuted as an ABC New Voices Pick. Her work... Read More →


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