Broward County Library to Host Joint 27th Annual Conference on Children's Literature and 12th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series
- Free event offers learning opportunity to those who encourage children through books and reading -

Group of multicultural children.

Make a connection with books at the Conference on Children's Literature.

DATE: March 21, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Murray, Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7406

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Making a Connection with Books! is the theme for Broward County Library's joint 27th Annual Conference on Children's Literature and 12th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series to be held April 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.The event offers a free learning opportunity to those who encourage children through books including teachers, parents, librarians, media specialists and child care workers. Registration and refreshments will begin at 9 a.m.

Making a Connection with Books! focuses on educating participants about children with disabilities such as dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Asperger’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and other developmental and learning disabilities.

Recent data from the National Center of Children’s Health (NSCH) shows that the number of children diagnosed with a learning disability is steadily growing. As a result, an increased number of families dealing with this dilemma are turning to their public library for resources, programs and community support.

Staff, library volunteers, teachers and other education professionals attending will learn how to develop effective programs, how to connect with local experts and the importance of empowering staff to help families in their community who are coping with various learning disabilities.
The Conference on Children's Literature will include two afternoon break-out sessions. The first, presented by Anne Leon, executive director of public services for Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library and Meagan Albright, youth services librarian at Nova Southeastern Alvin Sherman Library, will be a workshop on "Designing Library-based Storytime and Activity Experiences for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The second will be a panel discussion on the importance of "making a connection" with all youth featuring award-winning author Terry Trueman, Carrie Banks, director of Brooklyn Public Library's The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs and Nancy Lieberman, director of Baudhuin Preschool, Mailman Segal Center for Human Development at Nova Southeastern University.

Carrie Banks will also present a workshop on "Serving All Youth at the Library: Library Services for Children and Teens With and Without Disabilities."

Guests and Presenters

Terry Trueman – Michael R. Printz Honor Book Award-winning Author
The father of two sons, Trueman makes his home in Spokane, Washington, where he has lived since 1974. His novel, Stuck in Neutral was a Michael R. Printz Honor Book recipient. Inside Out, his second novel was released in August 2003. In October of 2004, his third novel, Cruise Control was released -- a companion to Stuck in Neutral. Hodder Books released Swallowing the Sun, which follows a teen’s heroic efforts to save friends and family after his Honduran village is destroyed by a devastating mudslide, in October of 2003 (only in the UK). No Right Turn is Trueman's fourth U.S. and fifth all-around novel.

Cynthia Lord – Newbery Honor Book Award-winning Author
An avid writer from a young age, author Cynthia Lord began penning fiction in high school and had her short stories published while in college. After college, she got married, had children and became a teacher. She taught first-grade, sixth-grade, and even in a one-room schoolhouse and also wrote curriculums for educational publishers. As her children grew older, she returned to writing fiction. Lord is the author of five books, including the novels Rules, a 2007 Newbery Honor Book and winner of the Schneider Family Book Award, Touch Blue and Half a Chance as well as three “Hot Rod Hamster” series books. Her next book, a "Shelter Pet Squad" series, will be released in August 2014.

Colin Bootman - Coretta Scott King Honors Book Award-winning Illustrator
Colin Bootman was born in Trinidad and began formal training at LaGuardia High School of the Arts. His first book, Young Frederick Douglass, was published in 1994 and received starred reviews. He has illustrated many children’s books, including Follow the LeaderOh, No, Toto! and Papa’s Mark. He is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor 2004, the Schneider Family Book Award 2006 and the Ashley Bryan Lifetime Achievement Honor 2006. His books have won such awards as The Teachers’ Choice Award, The Comstock Award, The Storytelling World Award, The Golden Kite Honor, and many others. Bootman’s first written and Illustrated book, Fish For The Grand Lady, debuted in the fall of 2006.

Carrie Banks – Director of Brooklyn Public Library’s The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs
Carrie Banks has been the Director of Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs since 1997 and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute since 2013.  She serves on BPL’s Children’s Steering Committee and the Universal Access Community of Interest in ALA’s Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies. She has been the ALSC representative to ASCLA, a past chair of the Service to Special Population Children and their Caregivers Committee of ALA’s Children’s Services Division and the Schneider Family Book Award committee and served on the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audio Production committee. She has helped draft national guidelines for serving people with disabilities in public libraries.  Ms. Banks has several articles in ALA publications including Children and Libraries and InterFace. She wrote a chapter about The Child’s Place for the book From Outreach to Equity.  Ms. Banks substantially updated and revised the publication of Including Families of Children with Special Needs:  A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians.  At Pratt Institute, Ms. Banks teaches “Children and Youth with Disabilities in the Library."

The Conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Presenters’ books and CDs will be available for purchase and autographing. Books & Books will be the book vendor for the Conference. Parking is available in the adjacent City Park garage (east side of the library) for $1.25 per hour. Park on levels 2 or 3.

The Conference on Children’s Literature and Ashley Bryan Art Series is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Lauderdale Libraries, the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and the Broward Public Library Foundation.
For further information, contact 954-357-7475 or visit the Conference website to register.

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