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    Jan 26 Webcast | Promoting Inclusion, Social Equity, and Diversity in Your Library


    Promoting Inclusion, Social Equity, and Diversity in Your Library

    Thursday, January 26 at 2pm CST

    With special guest, author, teacher, speaker and juggler, Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    The school library (and librarian) have a history of being a safe place for kids to go and feel welcomed by plentiful knowledge, resources and atmosphere. As our environment continues to change politically, racially, economically and in terms of gender acceptance, how can you ensure your library promotes a sense of equality for everyone? As educators, we want all students to feel encouraged to learn and reach their potential, but what does that look like and what does it require in the library? These dedicated professionals will share strategies, experiences, and resources designed to help you run a dynamic, inclusive, forward-thinking library program built on acceptance and trust. You'll hear firsthand ways you can better serve all communities, including:

    • LGBTQ
    • Economically challenged
    • Racially and religiously diverse
    • English Language Learners
    • Developmentally challenged

    In other words, all Americans! Join us as we explore what it means to promote inclusion in every sense, and leave with applicable strategies and new skills. Also joining the panel will be Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of Fish in a Tree and One for the Murphys. Hunt will discuss diversity in her books and how she was driven to make diversity the focus of her work.


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    Can't attend the live webcast? Register anyway.
    We'll send you a link to the recorded version when it is available.  

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    Lynda Mullaly Hunt, New York Times bestselling author, Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s novel, FISH IN A TREE, is an ALA Schneider Family Book Award winner, ALA Notable Book, Global Read Aloud Choice, SLJ Best Book, SCBWI Crystal Kite winner, and a Nerdy Book. It will soon be a stage show in NYC and will be published in 18 languages. Her first novel, ONE FOR THE MURPHYS (both published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin), is an ABA New Voices Pick, A Nerdy Book Winner, and an Editor’s Choice Book with Scholastic Book Clubs and will be published in 6 languages. Lynda’s two books have appeared on 47 state award lists thus far. Lynda lives with her husband, two kids, impetuous beagle and beagle-loathing cat. [Explore Lynda's book list on]

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    Michelle Martin, Beverly Cleary Professor of Children and Youth Services in the Information School at the University of Washington will offer some specific activities designed to help young library patrons see themselves represented in your library’s programming.  Martin will also offer some reflections on how contemporary movements like #WeNeedDiverseBooks, #WeNeedDiverseReviewers, Reading While White and #OwnVoices are helping to move the genre toward inclusion and ways that individual libraries can make this happen daily in their own spaces. 


    Craig Seasholes is a teacher-librarian in a diverse, high-poverty Seattle Public School, as well as serving  as President-Elect of the Washington Library Association. He will share ways he creates an energized and responsive library and information technology program that honors students’ interests and identities while strengthening their abilities to navigate a complex and challenging world. Firmly believing that even our youngest students can be encouraged to think deeply and act wisely, he works tirelessly to cultivate a culture of curiosity and respect for differences and commonalities that define the rich social fabric in which we live. 

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    K.C. Boyd is a Lead Librarian for the East St. Louis School District in East St. Louis, IL., where she advocates heavily for school librarians. She is a proponent of street literature for teens and she has given presentations for librarians and teachers at the local, state and national levels. K.C. is a reviewer for the Street Lit. Book Award Medal, serves on the advisory board for Booklist Online and is an advisor for Previously, K.C. held library positions at the elementary, high school and administration levels for Chicago Public Schools, and as an adjunct professor of Library Information Science at Chicago State University and Dominican University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Dominican University’s Library Information Science program. Please follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @Boss_Librarian.


    Released November 1, 2016 / Updated January 9, 2017

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