ALA Midwinter 2015

Day of Diversity @ #alamw15

It truly has been an amazing Day of Diversity, packed with Dialogue and Action in Children’s Literature and Library Programming!

ALSC and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) put together an extraordinary line-up for today. Welcomed by ALSC President Ellen Riordan, we were charged up by a keynote from Dr. Camila Alire speaking on “From Broken Yolks to Party Folks: The Importance of Libraries and Literacy in Keeping Diversity Alive for Our Children.” This was followed by panels on the history and myths surrounding diversity in children’s literature and forming partnerships to share resources. Breakout sessions and lightning talks broadened and deepened the conversations which wrapped up with a “Moving Into Action” panel moderated by Satia Orange who cheered us all on to Do Something Dramatic next week, next month, and on after that to really make a difference.

The brilliant ideas were flowing all day long so take a look on Twitter to see more of the sparks using #DiversityMatters and #StepItUp.

Incredible work was done by, and congratulations and gratitude are due to, the day’s co-chairs Allie Jane Bruce and Jamie Campbell Naidoo, and to committee members Antonio Gonzalez, Zareen Jaffery, Dr. Claudette S. McLinn, Ana-Elba Pavon, Nancy Snyder, & Gretchen Wronka. Not to mention Ayanna Coleman from the CBC and the phenomenal Joanna Ison from ALSC and all of her colleagues from the ALSC office.

Hooray also for sponsors Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Friends of ALSC, and Chicago Public Library!

What’s next? Everybody’s welcome when ALSC and the CBC Diversity Committee host a Diversity Matters! Stepping It Up With Action! program on Sunday afternoon from 1-2:30 p.m. at MCP-W183, and ALSC will also be hosting an online discussion soon to ensure that those unable to attend at Midwinter can add their voice and experiences to this discussion. So get ready for more constructive dialogue and more action!

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