ALA Annual Conference

The American Library Association (ALA) hosted its 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-27, in the association’s home city of Chicago. The conference was attended by more than 22,700 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including more than 6,500 exhibitors) from across the world.

ALA’s Book Club Central was officially launched with the unveiling of its website and Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker’s inaugural book selection, “No One Is Coming to Save Us,” by Stephanie Powell Watts. A story describing the American dream and the African-American experience in a struggling community in the contemporary American South. Parker revealed that she’s “jealous of anyone who gets to read it for the first time.”

ALA president Julie Todaro opened the inauguration of Sarah Jessica Parker to be the American Library Association chair of Book Club Central.

Parker is an advocate for libraries and literacy issues, has served on a Presidential Task Force to integrate literature and drama into schools, has experience starting a book club, is the Editorial Director of a new line of books: SJP for Hogarth, and is — most importantly — a lifelong reader who shares her love of reading with others