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Summer Prep at the National Summer Learning Association Annual Conference

Are you looking to improve on your summer programming? Maybe things are getting a little stale and you’re ready to change it up? Why not try something new like attending the National Summer Learning Association’s conference, Summer Changes Everything, October 21-23 in Atlanta?

The conference is the only conference focused exclusively on summer learning. According to their website, “the conference will provide attendees insights and solutions into the evolution of the field from closing academic achievement gaps to now addressing opportunity gaps and fostering social-emotional learning.” Programs such as a community town hall, workshops, a documentary screening, and an exhibitor hall provide ample opportunity to learn how to spice up your summer programming. 

The ALSC Summer Learning/Out-of-School-Time Learning task force will hold a working session to hear from attendees from across the country on Monday, October 21st. The pre-conference session will explore “the seismic shift in summer as librarians evolve to create innovative learning environments for diverse learners, community partnerships that make programs sizzle, and data driven practices with quality at the core.” The task force will be there to have a “wins and wonders working session” to determine how best they can meet the needs of the nation’s librarians. ALSC president Cecelia McGowan will be on hand to discuss the state of summer learning. NSLA is committing to further partnership with libraries through the years and hopes to build on this year’s pre-conference for library professionals. For more information and how to register check out the pre-conference sessions site.


This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: I. Commitment to Client Group, III. Programming Skills, V. Outreach and Advocacy, VII. Professionalism and Professional Development


Cassie Chenoweth, Children’s Librarian at Orange Beach Public Library in Orange Beach, Alabama, is writing this post on behalf of the Public Awareness Committee. She can be reached at

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