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Critically acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson to appear at LibLearnX

CHICAGO – One of the country’s most acclaimed authors, Jacqueline Woodson, has joined the exciting list of theater speakers at LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience, Jan. 21-24, 2022.

Author of more than 30 books for young adults, middle-graders and adults, Woodson will discuss her new children’s books. “The World Belonged to Us,” available May 2022, a homage to her own childhood and the celebration of the joy and freedom of summer in the city, and “The Year We Learned to Fly,” available January 2022, the highly anticipated companion to “The Day You Begin,” which features a bored brother and sister whose grandmother advises them to: “Use those beautiful and brilliant minds of yours. Lift your arms, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and believe in a thing.” 

Woodson is a four-time Newbery honoree and a three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. She is also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship; Sibert Medal Award; National Book Award; NAACP Image Award; Children’s Literature Legacy Award; Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement; Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award; and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition given to a children’s author. In 2015, she was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation, and in 2018, she was awarded the Children’s Literature Legacy Award (then known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award) and was named the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. 

An impressive list of conference speakers will be continually updated throughout the registration period.

LibLearnX is a virtual, four-day learning conference that invites ALA members, ALA Student members, and international members to contribute to the conversation and participate in real-time learning and networking activities. Designed as an active learning experience, LibLearnX offers a variety of “session types” in assorted “topics” that support a range of instructional methods. You will explore experiential learning — “learning by doing.” From hands-on workshops to “bite-sized” informal offerings, attendees can create a schedule to match your learning style and objectives. Explore the list of education sessions, with more to be added.

The LLX Marketplace will host exhibitors offering the newest titles, leading technologies and core services for ALA Members.

Additional learning features include ShopTalks, Learning Labs and Accelerators and will support a range of instructional methods to give attendees control in setting priorities and choosing the right content, materials and methods that match their learning styles and objectives. More than 120 education sessions will be hosted in a wide variety of subject matter topics, including Books and Authors; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Career Development & Leadership; Community Outreach & Partnerships; Digital Equity; Mental Health, Technology Innovation; and more.

Get updates from the 2022 LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience website and follow the hashtag #LibLearnX and social media: ALA Twitter, ALA Facebook, and Instagram. 

Media interested in registering for the session may contact Macey Morales, deputy director, ALA Communications and Marketing Office at [email protected].

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