Special Activities and Events

Special Activities and Events


The Park @ ALA 
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Need a place to take a break from the awesomeness of the exhibits?
Looking for an afternoon snack? Want a selfie at a bubbling brook?  Come to the Park @ ALA.  Generously sponsored by LibraryIdeas, the park offers a little respite space in the exhibit hall.

Libraries = Strong Communities National Library Tour Rally & Celebration

June 22, 2019, 11:00am - Noon

Bring your best sign and loudest voice as ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo and other library advocates from across the country celebrate the culmination of the Libraries = Strong Communities National Library Tour, a national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public, and school libraries. During her presidential year Garcia-Febo toured a variety of libraries to ignite public awareness about the value of libraries and library staff and created a groundswell of goodwill at the local, state, national, and global level.  This is a can’t-miss rally that will honor participating tour sites such as Pikes Peak (Colorado) Public Library District; Cambridge (Massachusetts) Public Library; Seattle Public Library; North Miami Public Library; Los Angeles Public Library; MIT and Harvard Libraries; Cranston High School East Media Center; and several international libraries.  Have you missed her past tours?  View posts with the hashtag #LibrariesStrong for an overview of past activities, or visit  http://www.ilovelibraries.org/librariestransform/libraries-strong-communities .

Music on The Front Porch Stage

Local artists will perform throughout each day showcasing a wide range of musical genres.

The Yummm!

Stop by Yummm!  for a refreshing snack (Saturday through Monday) on the exhibit floor.

Saturday: 2:00pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm
Monday: 10:00am

Meet the Authors

An exciting and extensive schedule of the 100s of authors and illustrators appearing in exhibitor booths.

Meet the Authors Autographing Area

In addition to the "Meet the Authors" signings held at exhibitor booths, ALA is launching an Author Autographing Area in the exhibit hall. See the participating authors here.

Virtual Augmented Reality Demo

Virtual Augmented Reality (VAR) technology is emerging as the new medium for 21st-Century learning. VAR immersive experiences are now feasible and available with new technology, interfaces, and software being released daily. Libraries are positioned to be one of the catalysts for community engagement and VAR content development. Come by and experience Virtual Reality using state-of-the-art systems. 

PR Xchange

The PR XChange Event offers visitors the opportunity to drop-in to view and take home samples of promotional materials from libraries across North America, as well as to network with library marketing professionals. This event is sponsored by LLAMA's Marketing and Communications Community of Practice.

PR Xchange Awards Presentation

The PR Xchange Awards recognizes the best library promotional materials in print and electronic formats from the past year.

LearnRT Training Showcase

Do you, or your organization provide staff or public training? Join us to chat, share tips and showcase best practices in library training, learning, and continuing education. LearnRT members facilitate training talk tables and provide space for the sharing of training materials and information about all types of training programs. Bring your materials, best practices, and challenging training situations to this fast-paced, fun, welcoming event! It's also a great time to network!