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Event Name:Back to the Book, Jr: Celebrating Diversity
Description:Join us for the third annual Back to the Book, Jr. where this year’s theme will focus on Diversity in literature, programming and communities.

Attendees: Please bring the title of a recommended diverse book or program idea to share. 

Featured Presenters:
Anne-Marie Savoie, Children’s Librarian-Akron-Summit County Public Library
Fun in Many Languages! How to Energize Multicultural Programs for Children Through Sensory Experiences.
Anne-Marie will share her enthusiasm for diverse programming and discuss the different cultural celebration programs her library has created.
Dr. Nalini Krishnankutty-State College, Pennsylvania
Dr. Krishnankutty’s presentation will focus on the history of immigration, and the contributions of first generation immigrants to the United States, from both a historical and current perspective. Through children's books and online resources she will showcase the deep and lasting impact made by immigrants to our everyday lives.
Nalini Krishnankutty is a writer, researcher and speaker. In her writings and workshops, she explores the common threads that link our multiple identities across real, abstract and imagined boundaries.  Nalini is a first generation immigrant American. She came to the United States as a graduate student, and received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, while also taking several courses in Women's Studies. She is an alumnus of the University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT, now called ICT), Mumbai, India. 
Nalini is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a 2015 VONA/Voices alumnus. In early 2017, Nalini started an A-Z blog series focusing on children's books that highlight the contribution of immigrants. â€‹Starting with A is for Albert, B is for Blackwell, and C is for Clive, her series highlights the contributions made by immigrants to science, art, medicine, and more - to the founding of our nation, our institutions and our ways of living. This series provides a starting point for parents, educators and librarians to shape personal perspectives, create common narratives, and increase awareness of the tremendous impact that immigrants have had on our common history.
Jennifer Grill, Children’s Services Manager-Wickliffe Public Library & Nancy Messmore, Children’s Services Librarian-Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library
Jennifer and Nancy will discuss reading programs that deliver diverse books to readers of many ages that encourage children to read outside their comfort zones and explore diverse literature.

You will learn:
  • What other youth services librarians are doing to celebrate diversity at their libraries
  • Getting diverse books into the hands of young readers
  • Through the use of children's books, how immigration helped shape America
  • Resources for finding diverse books for youth
Event Date:10-16-17
Event Time:09:30 AM - 03:30 PM Eastern
Location:Hilton Garden Inn
8971 Wilcox Dr
Twinsburg, OH 44087

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Contact Person:Rachelle Perry
(phone: 330-655-0531)
Details:Who should attend: Anyone interested in diverse programming and literature
 Competencies:  Children’s Services

GEO Cost:      $160
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Gold Cost:     FREE

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This workshop was made possible in part thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio.
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