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ALSC Charlemae Rollins President’s Program

As the Annual Conference draws near, I invite you to the 2021 ALSC Charlemae Rollins President’s Program. This year, we are doing things a little differently as we get creative with connecting and learning together. Since we are still not able to be together in person, we are having two virtual events to celebrate and discuss the power of graphic novels. The first event is an ALSC-members-only webinar on June 1, 2021, at 1:00pm EDT, featuring panelists Angela Ocana, Deimosa Webber-Bey, and Amie Wright.

“The POW(!)er of Graphic Novels to Support Youth Literacy: Successes in Libraries” is an hour long program that will focus on promoting graphic novels in library service to children and families and using graphic novels in programming. Learn more and register here! (ALA member username and password required for login).

The second program will be on July 20, 2021 at 12:00pm EDT. Join us for a discussion with a distinguished panel of creators- Nidhi Chanani, Jerry Craft, Varian Johnson, and Nadia Shammas – in a conversation about how their work has been shaped to engage and support youth. Learn about their journey in the current social environment of inclusivity and what inspired their work.

The program is sponsored in-part by the Charlemae Hill Rollins endowment. During her distinguished career in librarianship (including serving as the first African American president of the Children’s Services Division of ALA), Rollins was a critical voice in expanding materials that accurately addressed the black experience. Among her numerous awards, she became the first black woman to receive an honorary membership in ALA, an honor bestowed upon her in 1972.

— Kirby McCurtis
ALSC President

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