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Book Club Tue Jun 25 2013

The Librarians are Coming! ALA Conference Kicks off Thursday

I love the library. Always have. I love rows and rows of books and the silence, pierced by the occasional beep of a scanned barcode. When Chicago library hours were reduced, I was really, really sad, and still am. Perhaps irrationally, I worry for the future of libraries. That's why it's heartening to know that the American Library Association will bring its annual conference and exhibition to McCormick Place this Thursday, June 27 through Tuesday, July 2.

But let's face it, if you're not already registered, you're probably not going to pop $150 for a one-day pass. It's still pretty awesome to recognize that this conference signals a thriving library industry. This week the Tribune's Christopher Borrelli wrote a nice article on the flourishing reference desk at the Mount Prospect Public Library.

It's also pretty cool to note that Alice Walker (read Donna Seaman's interview), Oliver Stone, Temple Grandin, Giada De Laurentiis and a whole lot more will be in town for the Auditorium Speaker Series-- but even cooler to know that local authors like Chris L. Terry (who I previously interviewed here) and Samantha Irby will be present at "Meet the Author" events.

For more details visit the ALA Conference website at

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Chris L. Terry / June 25, 2013 5:11 PM

There's an error on my Meet the Authors page and I'll be at Booth 2637 from 11-11:30am SATURDAY not Sunday. Hope to see you there!

Nann / June 26, 2013 8:38 AM

Exhibits-only passes are $35, good for the entire trade show. You can get passes onsite at the registration desk at McCormick Place. There are LOTS of books, author signings, and cool stuff! Check out the schedule at

Melody Condron / June 26, 2013 11:48 AM

Here's a huge list of the authors who will be there :)

Melody Condron / June 26, 2013 11:49 AM

The link:;postID=5560491914161877757;onPublishedMenu=overview;onClosedMenu=overview;postNum=0;src=postname

jucyfer / June 26, 2013 3:59 PM

Here's a list of Exhbitors Pass, you can get in for free. just register :)!/ala2013#free-exhibitors-pass-links

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