SLJ and BCALA Offer One-Day Workshop on Diverse Collections

Geared for K–12 teachers and school and public librarians, the July 27 workshop will explore practical ideas for using award-winning books and innovative programming that celebrate the Black experience.

Books are powerful tools for learning in and out of the classroom, and quality titles can enlighten and inspire students of all ages.

Leveraging the power of literature, a new, one-day workshop will bring together K–12 teachers and librarians to explore practical ideas for using content and creative programming that celebrate and honor the Black experience.

Produced by School Library Journal (SLJ) and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the online workshop, “Build A Racially Equitable Collection,” will take place July 27, 2021.

Held in conjunction with BCALA’s inaugural Children & Young Adult Literary Awards, the workshop comprises the preconference of the 11th National Conference of African American Librarians, set for July 28–August 1. However, registration is open to all interested educators and librarians.

Join BCALA member faculty for guidance on: building rich and inclusive collections and curricula that leverage BCALA’s award-winning books; encouraging civic engagement among your students; embracing diversity in public libraries; and performing outreach to administrators and your local community.

Workshop leaders include Cynthia Turnquest-Jones, New York City Dept. Of Education; Stacey Nunn, Baltimore County Public School; Tamela Chambers, Chicago Public Library; Elizabeth Devora, New York Public Library; and Sharon Wiggins, Chappaqua Central School District.

Cicely Lewis, 2020 School Librarian of the Year, will also present. And authors Ibi Zoboi, Brian K. Mitchell, and Brandy Colbert will work with participants on how to use books with students in the classroom and library.

Visit the event page for more information and to register.

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Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka is editor in chief of School Library Journal.

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