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James Bartleman, Noted Canadian Diplomat and Author, To Speak on Youth, Literacy and Libraries

CHICAGO – The Honorable James K. Bartleman, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and author of numerous books, including the recently published “As Long as the Rivers Flow,” will join the Committee on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds for their program “Raisin’ Readers: Improving Literacy for Rural Children and Youth,” on Sunday, June 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Rural, Native, and tribal libraries provide essential support to their communities through reading programs and initiatives for teens and their families. Bartleman, a diplomat, author, literacy advocate, and member of the Mnjikaning First Nation, will reflect on his extensive experiences, including initiating the Lieutenant Governor’s Book Program in 2004, which collected over 1.2 million books to stock school libraries in First Nations communities, launching a program pairing Native and non-Native schools in Ontario and Nunavut, and setting up literacy camps in five northern First Nations communities.

Mr. Bartleman will read from his young adult novel, “As Long as the Rivers Flow,” (Knopf Canada, 2011) a young adult novel that follows a girl from the Cat Lake First Nation in Northern Ontario who is stolen from her family and forced into a faraway residential school, where she is punished for speaking her native language.

Raisin’ Readers is open to all ALA Annual Conference attendees. For more information, please visit www.ala.org/annual.  The session is co-sponsored by the ALA Committee on Literacy.

The Committee on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kids reviews issues and challenges facing rural, native and tribal libraries of all kinds. Additionally, it collaborates with other ALA units addressing the needs of rural communities; and to serve as an advocate for and partner with libraries serving rural, tribal and native populations.

The Committee on Literacy develops and recommends the Association’s policies related to the promotion of literacy; the development of programs, educational opportunities, and other resources that assist librarians and libraries in promoting literacy. It also raises the awareness of literacy within the Association, works cooperatively with the Literacy Assembly, the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services and its Advisory Committee, and other ALA units, including the Washington Office, on efforts that have a literacy focus and maintains partnerships with national literacy organizations.

Special thanks to Alfred A. Knopf Canada and Random House, Inc., for their support of Mr. Bartleman’s participation in this program.


Attending Annual Conference? Check out Bookmobile Sunday!

Mobile delivery services are evolving to meet the needs of 21st century patrons.  Bookmobile Sunday at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference provides attendees with opportunities to learn, network and be inspired.  Learn about the issues, technologies and best practices that are shaping today’s bookmobiles from experts in the field; attend an author lunch with Margriet Ruurs; and climb aboard one of the newest vehicles during the Annual Parade of Bookmobiles. The three-part Bookmobile Sunday will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 26 during ALA’s 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon in room 284 of the Morial New Orleans Convention Center (MCC), attendees will hear about the latest trends in bookmobiles in a panel discussion during which experts in the field will discuss a range of topics, including bookmobile advocacy, “bookmobiles 101,” tips for new bookmobiles, outreach and programming. Admission to the panel discussion is free.

Following the panel discussion from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in MCC room 245, participants will have the opportunity to attend an author lunch with Margriet Ruurs, award-winning author of several children’s books, including "My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World." Tickets to the lunch are $25, and may be purchased with advanced conference registration or in-person at the Conference registration desk. Please refer to Ticket ALA OLO1.

After lunch, the program will move to the exhibits hall (Hall G, near aisle 3800) for the Parade of Bookmobiles from 1:00-3:30pm, where attendees can explore bookmobiles from across the country and speak with bookmobile staff. During the parade, attendees can enter a drawing to win a Nook e-reader.  The parade is free and open to all conference attendees.

Bookmobile Sunday is made possible through the generous support of OBS, Inc. (www.obsinc.net), Meridian Specialty Vehicles and Farber Specialty Vehicles.

For more information, and to register, please visit www.ala.org/annual.

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