Events at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference

I hope that many of you are planning to join us in Chicago for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference this summer. The ALA Public Programs Office is hosting several special events which may be of interest to you. Registration for either of these events is available as part of conference registration, or if you’ve already registered for the conference, you can add either of these events by logging in to the ALA Annual Conference registration page.

80 is the New 30! Learn How Public Libraries are Delivering Proven, Inspiring and Transformative Arts Programs for Today's Older Adults

Friday, June 28, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Event Code: PPO1
Tickets: ALA Member, $175; Student Member, $160; Retired Member, $160; Non-member, $200.

Join the ALA Public Programs Office and Lifetime Arts, Inc. for a preconference workshop designed to combine big-picture thinking about Creative Aging with the practical experiences of urban, rural and suburban library systems who are pioneering Creative Aging programs using the successful and affordable Lifetime Arts program model. The workshop's format will combine engaging talks by national experts in the arts, aging, and library services fields as well as structured roundtable discussions featuring micro working sessions.

Participants will:

  • Learn about benefits of Creative Aging, Positive Aging and Arts Education
  • Understand the impact of the IMLS funded “Creative Aging in Public Libraries” project
  • Gain first-hand insights from participating system directors and teaching artists
  • Exchange ideas about 50+ library services
  • Begin to plan programming for their systems

Explore Chicago Architectural Landmark at Annual Conference and Support Cultural Communities Fund

Monday, July 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m. (Event Code: PPO2) or 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Event Code: PPO3)
Tickets: $75.

Spend an evening celebrating 10 years of the ALA Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) supporting the best in arts and humanities programming in libraries across the country by attending this special fundraiser at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. Located on the University of Chicago campus in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, Robie House is considered one of the most important buildings in American architecture. The evening includes transportation, a cocktail reception, and self-guided tours through the historic home. Guides from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust will be available to answer questions.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the ALA Cultural Communities Fund, an endowment to support cultural programming in libraries. Funding from CCF will strengthen the ability of libraries and librarians to respond to community needs for cultural programming through the creation of professional development opportunities for programming librarians as well as the creation of national model programs and resources for libraries to develop local capacity for programs.