Librarians, authors, publishers and folks passionate about books will want to attend the ALA Annual Chicago Conference and Exhibition at McCormick Place West June 22-27, and stay at the nearby and affordable LaQuinta Inn & Suites in historic Hyde Park!
The ALA Annual Chicago Conference and Exhibition will feature speakers and loads of exhibits, plus networking and job seeking opportunities. Scheduled speakers include Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Nye, Ron Chernow, Brene Brown, Gene Luen Yang, Sandra Uwiringiymana, and Reshma Saujani. There will be a mystery closing ceremony speaker.
Programs include Healthy Aging @ Your Library, Plugging in to the Digital Age, The Business of Social Impact, Leadership and Development for Academic and Public Librarians, and a special presentation by environmentalist Bill McKibben, Imagining a World that Works – in Time to Prevent a World that Doesn’t.
Exhibitors: Meet the Authors, The Park and the Playground @ ALA, Book Buzz Theatre, The Pop Top Stage (panels, mystery, humor romance, etc.), Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage, Front Porch Stage (acoustic musical acts), Artists Alley (meet illustrators, creators of comics, etc.), and many more.
McCormick Place West is located at 2301 South Prairie Avenue in Chicago. To register, and for a full schedule of events and times, go online to http://2017.alaannual.org/ and follow the prompts.
Make your ALA Annual Chicago Conference and Exhibition experience more enjoyable by staying at the La Quinta Inn & Suites, in Hyde Park. The hotel offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. Enjoy the free breakfast. The Lake Shore Café offers lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.