Magazine article American Libraries

Orlando in Bloom: A Local Barber Donates His Skills to Cut Teens' Hair and the Teens Chat at a Chicago Public Library Branch

Magazine article American Libraries

Orlando in Bloom: A Local Barber Donates His Skills to Cut Teens' Hair and the Teens Chat at a Chicago Public Library Branch

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The impressive lineup of speakers and programs at the 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, this year included Michael Eric Dyson, who captured the overflow auditorium crowd with his oratory, rhymes, and praise of librarians. Sample a bit of his poetic imagery in our Newsmaker cover story on page 12. We liked Dyson so much, we included him in our July episode of the Dewey Decibel podcast, available July 25. Click here to listen.

There were many other impressive speakers at Annual, of course, from Jazz Jennings, author of Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, to William Ury, author of Getting to Yes, and most recently Getting to Yes with Yourself (and Other Worthy Opponents).

The victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando were remembered at a memorial service as well as at Council, and conference attendees wore black armbands with the words "equity," "diversity," and "inclusion." Others pinned a small rainbow ribbon to their badge, picked from baskets at registration. …

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