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Finding Hope Through Tragedy

 

Paul Rusesabagina’s last name translates to “he who disperses his enemies” in the Kinyarwanda language. There is no more fitting name for the man responsible for saving 1,268 Tutsi refugees from certain death at the hands of Hutu soldiers during the Rwandan genocide.

High-Wire Creativity: Philippe Petit

Card tricks. Sleight-of-hand magic. Props. Audience participation. No, this isn’t a description of a hot new show on the Vegas Strip. These are a few highlights of the United for Libraries President’s Program, held Monday at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Championing Introverts

Appearing as an Auditorium Speaker on the ALCTS President’s Program on June 30, bestselling author Jennifer Kahnweiler said she has been an avid library patron ever since she was a child. In fact, her father led the renovation of the library in their hometown. “The library was like the other sibling in my life!” she said, laughing.

Inaugural Brunch

Courtney Young gives her Inaugural speech. Photo by Peter HepburnOn Tuesday, ALA got a new president. Courtney Young began her term as 2014–2015 ALA President after being inaugurated at the Closing General Session by now Immediate Past President Barbara K. Stripling. During the Inaugural Brunch, Young thanked Stripling for her mentorship and the chance to develop a friendship she hopes will continue to help move the profession forward.

Getting Out of the Box

On Sunday afternoon, programming librarians shared their ideas for “out-of-the-box” book clubs.

Janie Hermann, public programming librarian at Princeton (N.J.) Public Library (PPL), shared some of the success stories and troubles her library has had. She stressed the importance of getting to know your community and offering variety, because what’s boring to one person may be interesting to another.

ALA First-Timer: Practical Professional Development

Sharon Skinner, national president of the nonprofit Grant Professionals Association (GPA), presented tips for writing a successful grant proposal at a June 29 program at ALA Annual Conference. Skinner’s advice provided skillful guidance for any grant-writing novice. For experienced writers, she offered reminders and tools to get at the heart of any proposal.

Resurrecting The Speaker

In 1977, the American Library Association decided to get into the movie business. Produced by the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC), The Speaker follows the aftermath of a high school group’s decision to invite a controversial scientist (loosely based on William Shockley, co-inventor of the transistor and an outspoken eugenicist) to speak on campus. The scientist believes that blacks are genetically inferior to whites.

A Conversation with Ilyasah Shabazz

 

 

In an exclusive video interview with American Libraries, Ilyasah Shabazz discusses her reading tastes. . .


 

 

. . . and her work impacting youth 

 

A Conversation with Philippe Petit

 

Philippe Petit, the subject of the Academy Award–winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire, talks about creativity and how he became a high-wire artist. He says the process of creativity is often chaotic, but the key to success in anything is passion. “There are no recipes of how I do it,” he says. “I love it, that’s how I do it.”

 

 

A Conversation with Lois Lowry

 

 

Acclaimed author Lois Lowry shares childhood memories of her library and her positive outlook on libraries’ future role in the lives of children in an exclusive video interview with American Libraries.

 

She also discusses The Giver.

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