You Need To Watch: Caldecott-Newbery-Wilder Awards Speeches

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I’ve attended the annual conference of the American Library Association every year since 2010, when the conference was in Washington, DC. For whatever reason (probably because it required an expensive banquet ticket), I never attended the Caldecott-Newbery-Wilder Medals banquet, even when the winner was a graphic novel.

ALAAC ’15: Graphic Novels Illustrate Why Librarians Love Comics

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San Diego Comic-Con is nearly upon us, but with its focus spread to all things pop culture, where can comic books get the attention they deserve? The American Library Association Annual Conference definitely put the spotlight on graphic novels. If you’re love of reading is at the intersection of books and graphic novels you might want to pay a visit next time.

ALAAC15: Udon To Raffle Off Every Book In Their Booth on Monday!

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I received this email from John Shableski, the recently hired Vice President of Sales at UDON Entertainment.  In a bit of brilliance, instead of shipping their display titles back to Toronto, or dealing with the ravenous hordes hoping for free books, they’ll be GIVING AWAY every title at their booth to one lucky library!

ALAAC15: All The Programming on the Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

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Reproduced from the ALA website, here’s the schedule and descriptions for the panels being hosted on the Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage in the exhibits hall at the Ameican Library Association annual conference in San Francisco.

ALAAC’15: Winners of the 2015 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries announced

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While most comics fans are familiar with Will Eisner and his many contributions to comics, most are not aware that he also created a charitable foundation. The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation “fosters innovation and creativity in graphic literature, sequential art and comics.” One of their more visible projects is an annual grant given to two […]

ALAAC15: All the Comics Programming!

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WOW! San Francisco is one of the epicenters of comics culture in the U. S., and the American Library Association is tapping into that local energy with an amazing variety of panels, workshops, and celebrations! What are the highlights? Well, first, there’s a “pre-conference” gathering on Friday afternoon, which I’ve already covered in a previous […]

ALAAC15: Artists Alley!

SWEET KIRBY CRACKLE! Look at this lineup! Eisner Award winners! Book award winners! Famous illustrators! Cool cartoonists! Bestselling authors! Fan favorites! All at the American Library Association’s annual conference in San Francisco this weekend! Yeah, I expect great authors to show up at every American Library Association conference (some to accept awards), but this… WOW! And […]

ALAAC15: Librarians Assemble For Comics Diversity!

Once again, librarians are meeting for their annual conference, this time in San Francisco! So what happens when a bunch of librarians come to the city which birthed underground comics? During the Pride Parade? Well, a lot of cool librarians, cartoonists, and allies get together to talk about diversity in comics! If you’ll be attending […]

Newbery! Caldecott! Librarians Honor Graphic Novels including El Deafo and This One Summer

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The American Library Association announced their 2015 youth media award winners at its Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Covering a diverse range of titles and readers, graphic novels were among the honorees! First… The big news…

Library Con: My Vegas Diary

[Caveat:  embarrassing and/or salacious events have been bowdlerized.] Today marks the end of the annual conference of the American Library Association, held June 26-July 1 near Las Vegas, Nevada.  Since it offered a large amount of comics programming as well as a more bibliophiliac experience than BookExpo America, I made my plans to attend months […]

Library Con: Stan Lee: “…I practically won the war…”

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Building Creative Bridges has an insightful recap of Stan Lee’s talk at the American Library Association’s annual conference. The most hyperbolic quote? He and his colleagues, for example, prepared materials teaching soldiers how to disassemble and reassemble guns: “We were able to increase the speed of the training by about 30%…I never told you, but […]

Library Con!: Artist Alley at ALA-Vegas!

The annual conference of the American Library Association kicks into high gear today (It’s been running since Thursday!), with the first full day of the exhibition hall being open. Like BookExpo America, publishers are displaying their new titles, and scheduling authors to sign books!  Gene Yang signed his new book from First Second last night, […]

Library Con!: All the Comics Programming at ALA-Vegas! Now With Stan Lee!

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Every Winter, the American Library Association holds a conference in an arctic clime (Philadelphia, Boston) where awards are announced and some networking and training is held.   In the Summer, it’s usually someplace sweltering (although DC in June is not that bad).  Last year, it was held in Chicago.  This year, Vegas. [1]

Librarians Love All Kinds of Graphic Novels!: 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

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Since 2007, the Young Adult Library Services Association, part of the American Library Association, has been selecting the best graphic novels for teens. The list of 78 titles, drawn from 122 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality […]

Librarians Love Graphic Novels! Numerous Titles Win Awards!

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Every January, the American Library Association holds their Mid-Winter Meeting.  Tradition dictates that it be held in a frigid clime, so Philadelphia was chosen.  (In a bit of uncanny foresight, the next three sites will be: Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta.) The Mid-Winter conference is the smaller, more laid-back version of the Annual show (traditionally held […]

Book Con!: Librarians Celebrate Geeky Fun in Chicago! [updated]

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Every summer, thousands of librarians congregate at the American Library Association’s annual conference.  All sorts of topics are discussed, presented, and taught, and, believe it or not, librarians love books with a geeky passion!  There is something for everyone, and as the geek diaspora filters into libraries, libraries are becoming more than just a place […]