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Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code Founder,
CEO to Open 2017 ALA Annual Conference


Reshma Saujani (photo by Adrian Kinloch)

ince 2012, Girls Who Code has
taught computing skills to and inspired more than 10,000 girls across
America - and they are just at the beginning
of their mission to close the gender gap
in tech. Reshma Saujani, the founder and
CEO of the national nonprofit organization,
is also the author of the groundbreaking
book  Women Who Don't Wait In Line,  in
which she advocates for a new model of
female leadership focused on embracing
risk and failure, promoting mentorship and
sponsorship, and boldly charting your own
course. She will speak at the opening general
session of the Annual Conference on Friday,
June 23, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Reshma Saujani
Opening General Session
Friday 6/23, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Girls Who Code is growing fast, with a
goal of reaching one million young women
by 2020. 1.4 million jobs will be open in
computing related fields in the U.S., of
which we are only on pace to fill 29 percent with computing graduates, a mere 3
percent of whom are likely to be women.
The organization has been featured in more
than 100 publications and media outlets,
from  The New York Times  to  "The Today
Show," and has more than 105,000 Twitter

followers. The forthcoming book Girls Who
Code: Learn to Code and Change the World
(August 2017, ages 10 and up), will show
girls how coding skills are relevant to their
lives and will get them excited about creating
their own apps, games, and robots. With dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations
of coding principles, and real-life stories of
girls and women working at places like Pixar
and NASA, it sets out to prove that coding is
truly for everyone, no matter their interests.
"The world is advancing in technology and
women and girls need to educate ourselves on
computer science to catch up. I don't know
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Sara Paretsky, Matthew Desmond, and Colson Whitehead to Speak
at Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Event in Chicago


atthew Desmond and Colson
Whitehead, authors of the winning titles of the 2017 Andrew
Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction
and Nonfiction, will join Annual Conference
attendees at the celebratory 2017 event on
Saturday, June 24, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m., at the
Chicago Hilton. The featured speaker will be
Sara Paretsky, author of the  bestselling V.I.

Friday, June 23
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, June 24-25
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, June 26
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Auditorium Speaker Series
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
June 24-25-26


2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for
Fiction and Nonfiction
Saturday 6/24, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Chicago HIlton

Warshawski mystery series and one of only
five living writers to receive both the Grand
Master Award from the Mystery Writers of
America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger
from the British Crime Writers' Association.
Whitehead's novel The Underground Railroad won the fiction medal, and Desmond's
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American
City won the nonfiction medal. Desmond
and Whitehead will each speak after accepting
their medals and $5,000 checks. The winning
titles were announced at the RUSA Book and
Media Awards event at the Midwinter Meeting in January 2017.
A conference highlight now in its sixth
year, this popular Andrew Carnegie Medals
for Excellence event includes the program
hosted by the current selection committee
chair, Donna Seaman, and a lively dessert and
drinks reception where attendees mingle with
winning authors, speakers, colleagues, editors,
and ALA leaders. Other winners who have


attended the event include Anthony Doerr,
Richard Ford, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Viet
Thanh Nguyen, Donna Tartt, and Bryan
Stevenson. Featured speakers have included
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Billy Collins, and
Karin Slaughter.
Tickets for the 2017 celebration are available on the 2017 ALA Annual Conference

website when registering for the conference
or they may be added later. You can also
purchase a table for 10 to enjoy the exciting
evening with chosen friends and colleagues -
get details about table reservations here. The
2017 event is sponsored by NoveList.
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