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The 27th Annual Conference on Children’s Literature and the 12th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series
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Friday, April 25, 2014  ~  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.A Storm Called Katrina art by Colin Bootman

Conference SpeakersWorkshop 

The joint Conference on Children’s Literature and Ashley Bryan Art Series offers a learning opportunity to those who encourage children through books including teachers, librarians, media specialists, child care workers and parents. The Conference is free of charge. 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
Dad, Jackie, and Me art by Colin Bootman$1.25 per hour. Park on levels 2 or 3.

The joint 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, Florida Center for the Book, 
and the Broward Public Library Foundation.

Broward County Main Library 
First floor auditorium, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
For more information, contact 954-357-7475.

Conference Speakers

Terry TruemanTerry 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 LordCynthia 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 BootmanColin 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 Leader, 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. 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 BanksCarrie 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."

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Afternoon Panel Discussion:
Join the 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, Baudhuin Preschool, Mailman Segal Center for Human Development at Nova Southeastern University.

Afternoon Workshop: “Designing Library-Based Storytime and Activity Experiences for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” presented by Anne Leon, Executive Director, Public Library Services Alvin Sherman Library, Meagan Albright, Youth Services Librarian, Alvin Sherman Library.