Think the ALSC National Institute is just about breakout sessions and speakers? Think again!
It is also a great place to network with other librarians and educators and learn about how you can get involved with ALSC. In addition to a great lineup of programs and some amazing keynote speakers, we have several ALSC Connection opportunities where Institute attendees can unwind, swap stories, and get a glimpse inside some of Cincinnati’s literary and historical institutions!
On Wednesday, September 26, the Friends of ALSC are sponsoring a reception at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Mingle with others interested in library service to children while enjoying stunning views of the Ohio River, light hors d’ouevres and a cash bar. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore some of the Freedom Center’s exhibits. This free event is open to everyone, even those who are not registered for the Institute. However, advance registration is required, and will open in mid to late summer.
On Thursday afternoon, ALSC 101 will provide the perfect refresher or introductory course to ALSC and all its activities. Come hear ALSC Board members discuss important initiatives and how to get involved. There will be prizes!
Later on Thursday, attendees are invited to The Mercantile Library for Trivia Hour and a Scavenger Hunt. Test your children’s literature knowledge, explore a historic library, and win a prize! The Mercantile Library is one of the nation’s few remaining membership libraries. The Library has been in operation since 1835, and in its current location for over 100 years.
There will be one more chance to network on Friday evening, at the Main Library of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The reception will include a complimentary sampling of local foods, drinks, and music. Take a tour and learn about some of the exciting programs and services offered by the Library.
For more details about these ALSC Connection Events, visit the Institute website at http://www.ala.org/alsc/institute-alsc-connection
Still haven’t registered for the 2018 ALSC Institute? The early bird deadline is fast approaching! Register by June 29 to receive a discount on the registration fee.