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Make a Connection with Books at This Year’s Joint 27th Annual Conference on Children's Literature and 12th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series and Children’s BookFest

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This free event offers a learning opportunity to those who encourage children through books and reading.

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 Survey 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)."

Cynthia LordAuthor Cynthia Lord will speak at the 2014 Conference on Children’s Literature.

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 include:

  • Terry TruemanMichael 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.
  • Cynthia LordNewbery 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. Lord is the author of Rules, a 2007 Newbery Honor Book and winner of the Schneider Family Book Award.
  • 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 Oh, 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.
  • Carrie BanksDirector 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 wrote a chapter about The Child’s Place for the book From Outreach to Equity. At Pratt Institute, Ms. Banks teaches “Children and Youth with Disabilities in the Library."Robot reading a book

The Conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required; please visit the Conference website to register. Presenters’ books and CDs will be available for purchase and autographing. 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, please call 954-357-7475.

Children’s BookFest

In celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Broward County Library presents the annual Children’s BookFest on Saturday, April 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd. Coconut Creek, FL 33066. Experience the excitement of science at this free literary event which lets youngsters ages 3-10 and their families make, create, innovate and be entertained by shows, magic, music and science experiments.

There will be a pre-celebration to kick off the festival on Saturday, April 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33020.

This year’s Children's BookFest will offer children the opportunity to enjoy hand-on science in the GeekZone area. Upon arrival, children are encouraged to pick up a passport to discovery, and the first 1,000 young visitors will receive a free book to take home. Children will have the opportunity to be creative with arts and crafts in the CraftZone, get their face painted for free and enjoy food trucks on the premises from Gourmet Truck Expo.

Featured events at Children’s BookFest will include:

  • The Florida Grand Opera performs The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti
  • Hear the beats of Ronin Taiko Japanese Drums
  • Mad Science excites all with the program Fire and Ice
  • Be captivated by the amazing Magician David Kaplan
  • Fantasy Theatre Factory will perform Fantasy Stew

The Children’s BookFest Pre-Event, a multi-cultural celebration of reading, storytelling and music includes a performance by Merlina the Magic Storyteller and Krik! Krak! Dance-A-Story for All Ages: an interactive journey with storyteller Lucrece Loudishon-Louinis as well as refreshments and a book giveaway.

Children’s BookFest is funded by the Broward Public Library Foundation with support from Broward Family Life Magazine, the Miami Herald, the Friends of West Regional Library and The Charles F. and Esther M. Frye Foundation. Pre-celebration of the Children’s BookFest is funded by the Broward Public Library Foundation with additional support from the Friends of the Hollywood Branch Library.

Books by Conference Guests and Presenters: Available at Broward County Library

Hurricane: A Novel by Terry Trueman
Inside Out by Terry Trueman
7 Days at the Hot Corner by Terry Trueman
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
The Steel Pan Man of Harlem by Colin Bootman
Fish for the Grand Lady by Colin Bootman
Young Frederick Douglass: The Slave Who Learned to Read by Linda Walvoord Girard; illustrated by Colin Bootman