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2017 Annual Fall Conference: School Libraries Equal Equity: Home

2017 Annual Fall Conference: School Libraries Equal Equity


Thank you for attending the 2017 Annual Fall Conference!  If you haven't filled it out yet, you can still fill out our Evaluation Survey at:

Presentations will be available soon in a presenter tab at the top - stay tuned!

Opening Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell

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Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is President of YALSA. Her most recent book is Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth (Libraries Unlimited, 2017), co-edited with Pauletta Bracy and Casey Rawson.



Concurrent Session presenter: Christina Baker Kline


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Christina Baker Kline’s adaptation of her #1 New York Times bestseller ORPHAN TRAIN for a middle-grade audience is ORPHAN TRAIN GIRL. She has written five other novels. Her essays, articles, and stories have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, LitHub, and Psychology Today, among other places. She lives outside of New York City and on the coast of Maine.

Concurrent Session presenter: Kenneth C. Davis

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Kenneth C. Davis is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Know Much About® History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned, which gave rise to his series of Don’t Know Much About® books and audios. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller America’s Hidden History. His most recent book — a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist — is In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives. Davis has written for The New York Times, Smithsonian, and The Washington Post. He posts on educational topics at A self-described “child of the public library,” he is a regular patron of the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library, and resides in the West Village.

Closing Session Speaker: Rita Williams-Garcia

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Rita Williams-Garcia’s Newbery Honor-winning novel, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award, a National Book Award Finalist, the recipient of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The two sequels, P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama were both Coretta Scott King Author Award winners and ALA Notable Children’s Books. She is also the author of six distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book), Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); Blue Tights; and Like Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Her most recent novel, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, was published in May. Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, and has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Michelle, and a son-in-law, Adam. You can visit her online at

LGBTQ and You Author Panel


David Barclay Moore



Cory Silverberg



Jared Fox

Andrew Aydin will be signing at the Fall Conference!

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