The Library Services team, a dynamic part of the Department of Literacy, AIS, and Library Services in the Office of Curriculum and Professional Learning is hosting our 29th Annual Fall Conference on November 6, 2018 at Citi Field. Join us for a day filled with concurrent sessions, author and illustrator panels, author signings, networking opportunities, and over 50 plus exhibitors. Chancellor Richard Carranza will be kicking off this amazing day and acclaimed author, Yuyi Morales will be closing the day.
Richard A. Carranza is Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation. He is responsible for educating 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools. During Carranza’s nearly 30 years in education, he has served in virtually every role. Prior to New York City, he was the superintendent of the Houston ISD. He began his career as a high school bilingual social studies and music teacher, and then as a principal, in Tucson, AZ. A son of a sheet metal worker and a hairdresser—and a grandson of Mexican immigrants—Carranza credits his public school education for putting him on a path to college and a successful career. He believes that a great education changes lives, and is excited to help the next generation of New Yorkers achieve their dreams.
Veera Hiranandani earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Night Diary, a New York Times editor’s choice pick, The Whole Story of Half a Girl, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist, and the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute.
Photo Credit: Gustavo Barrios
Born in Xalapa, Mexico, where she currently resides, Yuyi Morales lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she still maintains close relations with booksellers and librarians. Professional storyteller, dancer, choreographer, puppeteer, and artist, she has won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award for Illustration five times, for Just a Minute (2003), Los Gatos Black on Halloween (2006), Just in Case (2008), Niño Wrestles the World (2013) and Viva Frida (2014), also a Caldecott Honor Book.