Librarian Lounge

Check out these awesome speakers in the Librarian Lounge! Our amazing panelists will share their insight and expertise in these sessions at Bookfest!

June 8, 2021


Inside Radical Publishing

Radical publishers are innovative, brave, and stubborn. They have to be. The work they do is designed to challenge our broken systems, champion under-represented voices, and advocate for a more just and equitable world. Meet just a few of the people working in radical publishing and discuss questions like: What does it means to be a radical publisher? What are the challenges in balancing radical views while still operating in a capitalist environment? How are radical publishers funded? How are they structured? Is radical publishing inherently more risky? How do radical publishers find under-represented voices? How do they deal with controversy?


Like, Share, and Subscribe to Reaching Your Audience with a Podcast!

Even before the pandemic, many libraries were experiencing a decrease in visits. Libraries need to take their services, knowledge, and materials to the people! Podcasts are a great way to reach your patrons, and equipment has become less expensive and easier to use. Many listen to podcasts to learn, which is what libraries are all about. A good podcast entertains AND encourages patrons to visit the library! Participants will learn about the best podcast practices, equipment, and how to publish. We guarantee you will be entertained!


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Live Podcast: Five Author Questions with Lydia Millet

Watch and Listen to a LIVE recording of the Five Author Questions podcast with New York Times bestselling author and finalist for both the Pulitzer and National Book Award for A Children’s Bible, Lydia Millet. Kevin and Sandra will add a few more questions to the “five” from the audience!



NCTE’s Children’s Book Awards: A Primer

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has long been a trusted voice in quality children’s literature with an eye toward using literature effectively in the classroom. We encourage educators, librarians, publishers, parents, authors, and anyone else who loves children’s literature to come learn more about NCTE’s Children’s Book Awards. This includes the Charlotte Huck Award® for Outstanding Fiction for Children, the Orbis Pictus Award® for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, and the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children and Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels annual list. We will share information on how to best use these award winning books in libraries and classrooms and how to submit books for award consideration.


June 9, 2021


Virtual Grab & Go

Learn how to create virtual and grab-and-go programming, including story times, book-related grab-and-go crafts, author talks, and outreach, including bitmoji libraries. This panel of children's librarians and administrators from three major public library systems in metro New York will share their experiences during the pandemic and recovery, and you’ll leave with ideas you can implement right away!


Virtual Grab & Go

Community Bookstores and Libraries for antiracist Refuge

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Life During Pandemic

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The Great Big Galley Grab

Moderated by Rebeca Vnuk, Executive Director of Library Reads, and featuring six librarians, The Great Big Galley Grab promises to fill your TBR lists with highly anticipated forthcoming titles, representing all genres and all ages. In a mere sixty minutes, and without ever having to step foot in the Javitz, your virtual tote bag will be full of great reads.

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The Rise of Social Justice Publishing

An expert panel of booksellers and publishers will discuss selling political and social justice titles in the midst of crises and social reckoning. From the Black Lives Matter movement to Trumpism to the coronavirus to climate change, there is certainly an appetite for books that attempt to explain our political and social turmoil. What books have found traction in the melee? How can we get the right books the attention they deserve? And what is the role of independent bookstores and publishers in creating a diverse array of voices in the book world?

The fun doesn't stop here! Don't miss our Keynotes and sessions from Indies Introduce, Library Reads, BookPage, and more in the Main Auditorium! Click here to view the full schedule.

Indies Introduce




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