Are You Getting Excited About ALA?
Well you should! The ALSC blog is offering conference advice for newbies. There are tons of swell tips to be found there but one that particularly caught my eye was, "Wear your badge at all meetings and events, but take it off when you go out into the street." Amen.
For that matter, they’re getting everyone hepped up over the Odyssey Award too. Listen to this:
Final planning is taking place for the first-ever Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Celebration!! Join the festivities that will kick off ALA Annual in Anaheim on Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m. The event will take place at Hilton Anaheim in California Pavilion A – there is no charge and tickets are not necessary. You’ll hear presentations by audiobook producers Bruce Coville from Full Cast Audio and Arnie Cardillo from Live Oak Media, along with audiobook narrator Simon Vance. There will even be a special guest appearance, via DVD, by Jim Dale, best known as the reader of Listening Library’s Harry Potter series. The Odyssey Award is sponsored by Booklist, host of the celebration, and co-administered by ALSC and YALSA. Learn more about the award here.
And in case that’s not enough for you, why not take a gander at the American Indian Youth Literature Award Reception as well?
You are cordially invited to attend the American Indian Youth Literature Award Reception which will be held on Monday, June 30, 2008, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Salon E.
The following American Indian authors will be present to receive their awards: Joseph Medicine Crow (Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond), Sherman Alexie (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian), and Tim Tingle and Jeanne Rorex Bridge (Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom).
It promises to be an exciting and colorful event, as AILA brings local native people of California to share cultural dance demonstrations. Listen to the inspiring keynote words of Georgiana Sanchez (Barbareno Chumash/Tohono O?Odham), storyteller, poet, writer and professor of American Indian Studies at California State University. We invite you to meet and greet the authors, mingle with AILA members and ALA colleagues. Enjoy the refreshments, music, and festivities that provide a native motif for our award winners this year.
Tickets are $25.00 and can be ordered from Lisa Mitten. Please send a check or money order made payable to the "American Indian Library Association". Be sure to include name and address so that tickets can be mailed to you:
32 Stewart Street
New Britain, CT~ 06053
Phone: 860-347-6933 x122
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Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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