ALA Annual 2024

Why You Want to Prioritize Your Summer Plans to be at #ALAAC24

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Don’t miss the American Library Association (ALA) 2024 Conference in San Diego. At #alaac24, ALSC will be hosting engaging and informative sessions designed to inspire, educate, and empower you and your work. At the summer conference you will find:

  • Cutting-Edge Trends and Best Practices
    The ALSC sessions chosen for this conference cover a wide range of topics relevant to children’s librarianship, from early literacy initiatives and STEAM programming to diverse and inclusive collections. Engaging sessions that focus on dyslexia, supporting families who have experienced trauma, and supporting patrons who may identify as neurodivergent will all be available for you to experience.   
  • Practical Strategies and Resources
    Looking for practical strategies to enhance your storytime sessions, engage reluctant readers, or promote digital literacy among children? The ALSC Sessions during this conference will provide hands-on tips, techniques, and resources that you can immediately implement in your library programming. For example, come to a featured session “Depositing Joy: Programming and Services for Families Experiencing Homelessness” to learn and collaborate on ways community partners can support our work with all patrons. 
  • Professional Development and Networking
    #alaac24 is an excellent opportunity to expand your professional network and connect with fellow children’s librarians, educators, authors, and publishers. For example, come to the ALSC session “Museum Objects in Libraries as Catalysts for Family and Community Engagement” to explore, with colleagues, the possibilities of partnering with museums in a multitude of new ways.
  • Dedicated Focus on Children’s Literature and Literacy
    ALSC sessions prioritize children’s literature and literacy, and how the power of storytelling and diverse representation fosters life-long learning. Whether you’re interested in picture books, graphic novels, young adult literature, and more, ALSC sessions celebrate the richness and diversity of children’s literature and its profound impact on young readers. If you come this summer, you will hear the amazing keynote speeches given by the ALA 2024 Children’s Literature Award Winners, meet amazing authors and illustrators, and participate in sessions such as “Soft Censorship of LGBTQIA+ Content and its Chilling Effect on the Children’s Book World.”   

ALSC sessions at #alaac24 in San Diego will immerse you in content to enrich your knowledge base, expand your professional network, and gain practical strategies for serving children and families in your community. Don’t miss out on your chance to be inspired, informed, and empowered! Mark your calendars for June 27 to July 2, book your tickets, and get ready for an enriching experience at the ALA Conference in San Diego!

Jackie Marshall Arnold is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education in the School of Education and Health Sciences, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s literature and literacy methods with a research focus on diversity in children’s literature.  Jackie is currently serving on the Program Coordinating Committee and is a member of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee.  She can be reached at

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