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A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university’s highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a JD. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She thereafter served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979–1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she was an associate and then partner from 1984–1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992–1998. She then served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998–2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009. Justice Sotomayor is the author of My Beloved World, Turning Pages, The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, and the forthcoming Just Ask! This session will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

The session will be moderated by Jill Santopolo, the Associate Publisher of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She edits an array of best-selling and award-winning authors, including Sonia Sotomayor, Chelsea Clinton, Kamala Harris, Temple Grandin, Mayim Bialik, Lisa Graff, Jeffrey Kluger, Terry Border, and Amy Ephron. Santopolo is also the international and best-selling author of The Light We Lost and More Than Words, as well as the Sparkle Spa series, the Follow Your Heart books, and the Alec Flint mysteries. She was a thesis advisor for the New School’s MFA program, on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course, and an adjunct professor at McDaniel College, where she helped develop the online certificate program in Writing for Children.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Auditorium Speaker
6/22, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Justice Sotomayor’s publisher is Penguin Random House.

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The Glass Room Experience

End of 3300 Aisle in the Exhibit Hall

The Glass Room Experience is a mutlimedia experience that focuses on the intersection between technology and our day-to-day life. The exhibit includes posters highlighting what we give away when we sign the terms and conditions to various apps, to how facial recognition software is harvested and utilized. There are also tablets loaded with custom apps that allow participants to quiz themselves about Internet of Things (IoT) items that may or may not already exist. The material is full of fantastic and easy-todigest information that is easy to engage with and even easier to walk away having learned something new.

Special thanks to the Tor Project, Library Freedom Institute, Mozilla, and Tactical Tech for making all of this possible.

Library Services for Persons with Print Disabilities

This interest group offers networking opportunities, as well as information sharing that promotes enhancing library services and programming for the print disabled. Stop by to learn what your colleagues are up to, who they are doing business with or to share what you are doing in your library. Friday, June 21 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW. Join us!

Author, Writing Coach Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi Auditorium Speaker
6/24, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, Calif. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil, where she discovered her inspiration for her novel, Children of Blood and Bone.

Her debut West African YA Fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone, was named a 2019 YALSA Morris Award Finalist and has spent over a year on the New York Times Bestseller list. It was also recently awarded the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize for 2018. A Children of Blood and Bone movie is currently in development with Rick Famuyiwa attached to direct.

Heralded by Entertainment Weekly as “the new J.K. Rowling,” she has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “Good Morning America,” and “BBC Breakfast” and she has been featured in Elle, Essence and O Magazine.

Adeyemi seeks not only to inspire readers through her work, but to help people of all races, ethnicities, and orientations understand that they matter and that their dreams are achievable. When she’s not watching BTS and Seventeen music videos, she can be found teaching creative writing to her 12,000 subscribers at, named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

This session’s moderator is Dr. Rose Brock, professor of Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Library Science at Sam Houston State University. She is the author of Young Adult Literature in Action: A Librarians Guide. A veteran educator and advocate for using audiobooks as tools for literacy, Dr. Brock is one of the co-founders of the North Texas Teen Book Festival.

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50 Years of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards: A Live Taping of the Dewey Decibel Podcast

Saturday, June 22
9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall – PopTop Stage

Join American Libraries Senior Editor and Dewey Decibel host Phil Morehart for a conversation about the Coretta Scott King Book Awards with past winners and honorees, including authors Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) and Jason Reynolds (As Brave as You Are), and illustrators Ekua Holmes (The Stuff of Stars) and Christopher Myers (Firebird). The talk will be taped for a future episode of the Dewey Decibel podcast.