The Power of Story: The Books Readers Want

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Join Scholastic representative Emily Heddleson for a conversation about the books in The Power of Story initiative—books for all ages that tell the stories of historically underrepresented groups specifically related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental abilities, religion, and culture. Learn about the books in this program, the unique speaker series showcasing the talent behind the words and art, the resources available, and how you can use them in your library. PLUS, share your own perspective: What books do your patrons love? What types of books do you want to see?

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This session is capped at 100 attendees admitted on a first-come, first-served basis (no preregistering!)

Chat with Disney Publishing Worldwide!

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Join Disney Publishing Worldwide in a conversation with three of our editors, Kieran Viola (Disney Hyperion), Stephanie Lurie (Rick Riordan Presents), and Emeli Juhlin (Marvel Press), hosted by Dina Sherman, School and Library Marketing Director. The editors will share some of their upcoming titles and discuss how they work with beloved franchises like Disney, Marvel, and best-selling author Rick Riordan. We’ll open things up to questions from attendees as well.

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This session is capped at 100 attendees admitted on a first-come, first-served basis (no preregistering!)

Networking Happy Hour and Trivia

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Close out this year’s Institute with a little friendly competition. Vie for top marks at our Institute trivia; winners will be entered into a raffle for a prize pack! (We’ll also announce our Edible Books winners, who will also snag some sweet prizes!)

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Song- and Story-Share

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Children’s library workers are always looking for new and fresh content for their programming. What are songs and stories you have been using in your programming that have been successful? Bring your innovation and success to this content-sharing networking chat! (Of particular interest – innovations in digital storytimes, such as off-site storytimes, and song- and rhyme-sharing that is inclusive!)

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 Moderator TBD

Partnering to Improve Indigenous Representation

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Indigenous Representation is a statewide project with a mission to bring quality Indigenous-authored resources and professional development opportunities to Minnesota educators and librarians. In this live discussion, hear about how we designed Indigenous Representation to ensure accurate representations and foster paradigm shifts using Indigenous-authored materials. Learn about the many paths this work has taken and strategize about the possibilities for such work in your own state.

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Leah Larson 
Darlene St. Clair 

Networking Happy Hour and Edible Books Review

Session Description

After a long day of incredible content, it’s nice to unwind. Grab a cuppa, crack open a cold one, or just tune in to chat! At this Networking Happy Hour, we’ll also be viewing the Edible Books submissions (more information on that to come soon!) while we connect and unwind from a developmental day of programming.

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ALSC 101

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ALSC 101 will be an opportunity for new or prospective members to learn some ways to become involved in ALSC. If you’re not currently an ALSC member, this is a great way to learn more about the benefits of membership and how ALSC can support your in your professional growth and development!

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“How You Doin’?” A Networking Discussion and Community Check In

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Librarians across the country are facing a number of new challenges: quick transitions to virtual programming, PPE needs for staff, cleaning (and re-cleaning and re-cleaning) materials. Do you have processes your library has instituted that have worked well? Processes your library is struggling with? Bring your questions, concerns, stories, and more to this Institute networking session and community check-in!

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Moderator: Kirby McCurtis, ALSC Board President

Muslim Representation and the Children’s Cooperative Book Center (CCBC) Statistics

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Panelists will address the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s annual publishing statistics and how representations of Muslim characters and books by Muslim writers and illustrators fit into those statistics, as well as in the wider world of children’s books.

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Children’s Librarianship in Communities Experiencing Trauma

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Librarians work to serve their communities every day, including through traumatic events such as natural disasters, police brutality, and school shootings. This year our communities have not only weathered a pandemic, but every state has seen protests both large and small against police brutality as citizens fight for civil rights. Panelists will speak to their experiences serving their communities through myriad traumatic events and discuss how both major events and everyday traumas in their communities have impacted how they serve patrons.

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