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Chelsea Clinton to Close 2016 Midwinter Meeting

Chelsea Clinton will close out the 2016 Midwinter Meeting at a special session on Monday, January 11, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Attendees will want to be sure to stay to hear her speak with executive editor Jill Santopolo about her new book It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! that addresses our biggest challenges, offers ideas for action and inspires readers of all ages to do their part to make the world a better place. There's more about the project at

“We have a saying in my family — it's always better to get caught trying (rather than not try at all). I hope we can all get caught Chelsea Clinton trying,” says Clinton in a letter to the reader on the website for her new book, It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! Be sure you don't miss this special closing session where Clinton will speak about writing a book that addresses the biggest challenges facing us today, offers ideas for immediate action, and inspires readers of all ages to do their part to make the world a better place. Combining facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them, the book covers issues such as poverty across the globe and in the U.S, access to education, gender equality, epidemics, non-communicable diseases, climate change, and endangered species. The examples of how some children and teens have made real changes, big and small, in their families, their communities, in our country and across the world show how anyone can make a difference.

Clinton has always been interested in making the world a better place. When she was a child in Little Rock, Arkansas, one of her favorite books was 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, and as a teenager in Washington, D.C., she led her school's service club. While at Stanford, she worked as a reading and writing tutor and volunteered at the Children's Hospital. Today, she is Vice Chair of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation where she helps lead the work of the Foundation across its various initiatives, with a particular focus on work related to health, women and girls, creating service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders.

There's more about the project, including resources useful to libraries, at Jill Santopolo is an executive editor of many award-winning and best-selling books at Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, sponsors of Clinton's appearance at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.Clinton's appearance at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits is sponsored by Penguin Young Readers.

Chelsea Clinton

Special Session Monday, Jan. 11, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Chelsea Clinton

Nationally Recognized Innovator Jo Ann Jenkins to Speak on Sunday in Boston

Dynamic change agent, nationally recognized leader, and former chief operating officer at the Library of Congress Jo Ann Jenkins brings her message of innovation to 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston as an Auditorium Speaker on Sunday, January 10, 10:00 — 11:00 a.m. With more than 25 years of extensive leadership, management, planning and business experience and a strong sense of social mission, she has repeatedly transformed organizations and led innovative policies at top levels of the nonprofit, philanthropic and public sectors. Currently

CEO of AARP, the world's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization, Jenkins is known for her ability to set priorities and get things done.

At AARP, her signature rallying cry to Disrupt Aging! is designed to revolutionize society's views on aging by driving a new social consciousness and sparking innovative solutions for all generations. “Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age” is also the title of her forthcoming book, in which she sets out to change the current conversation about what it means to get older, touching on important issues facing people 50+ today, and tackling new myths about aging—including that aging is a problem to be solved rather than a part of the human experience

Previously, as president of AARP's affiliated charity AARP Foundation, Jenkins led far-reaching development and social impact initiatives, including Drive to End Hunger, a national effort to help the millions of older Americans who struggle with hunger every day. She went to AARP Foundation from the Library of Congress where, during her 15-year tenure as chief operating officer, she developed and directed high-profile projects including the National Book Festival and the Library of Congress Experience, in addition to overseeing a $1 billion budget and 4,000 staff.

Her many awards and special recognition include the 2010 Women in Technology Leadership Award for her innovative work on the Library of Congress Experience, and the Library of Congress Distinguished Service Award. She is also a Malcolm Baldrige fellow, recipient of the 2013 Black Women's Agenda Economic Development Award for spearheading investments undergirding innovative social impact programs, and one of the NonProfit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50 for 2013 and 2014 and Washington Life Magazine's Power 100 for 2015. She received SmartCEO's 2015 BRAVA award honoring top female chief executives.

Jenkins’ appearance at Midwinter Meeting is sponsored by PublicAffairs/Perseus Books Group.

Jo Ann Jenkins

Auditorium Speaker Sunday Jan 10,10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Jo Ann Jenkins

Isaac Mizrahi, “Irrepressible” Designer and Star, Joins Saturday Auditorium Speaker Series

Designer, fashion industry leader, documentary film co-creator and actor, ballet costume designer, opera director, TV talk show host, QVC star, weekly judge on “Project Runway: All-Stars,” pop-culture and media phenomenon, business expert, and soon-to-be published literary memoirist Isaac Mizrahi adds Auditorium Speaker to this list on Saturday, January 9, 10:00 — 11:00 a.m., at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Mizrahi will bring his trademark humor to Midwinter Meeting as he does to his writing. His forthcoming (2016) memoir I.M., while offering an oral history of the fashion world for the last 30 years, is at heart about a boy searching for — and finally finding — happiness. It covers his growing up gay and overweight in a Jewish orthodox community in Brooklyn, his relationship with his conservative parents, his forays into NYC, including his days at the High School of Performing Arts and Parsons School of Design, the waning days of Studio 54, and his rise in the fashion and business worlds.

When “Unzipped,” Mizrahi's 1995 award-winning co-created documentary film about his Fall 1994 ready-to-wear collection was released, the New York Times’ Janet Maslin called it a “crafty valentine to the fashion world in general and this irrepressible designer in particular.” Among many other accolades, Mizrahi has received four Council of Fashion Designers of America

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Isaac Mizrahi

Auditorium Speaker Saturday, Jan. 9, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Isaac Mizrahi

Youth Media Awards

Monday, January 11
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. (doors open at 7:30am)
BCEC Ballroom

Join ALA in honoring books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens at this high-profile event. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children's and young adult literature and media.

The 2016 award winners will be announced on Monday, January 11, in the Convention Center. A live Webcast of the award announcements will be available for those not attending in person. Coverage of the award winners will be published in the Monday issue of Cognotes, available in the convention center after the announcement. Award press releases will be posted online on