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Insider Article [September 2013] [09/03/13] (2013 Conference Update)
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Conference Updates: Long Beach 2013

Awards Ceremony and Prom

Awards Ceremony and Prom? Sounds disparate? Not at all! At this year's CLA Conference, the awards ceremony will have a prom theme. Not only can you celebrate the achievements of your colleagues at the ceremony, but you can also stay after and dance the night away at the CLA Prom.

The evening will begin with a great opportunity to mingle and network with your colleagues (not to mention show off your serious, or not so serious, prom ensemble). Following this, we will enjoy dinner and celebrate as our colleagues are honored for their amazing achievements. The ceremony will include an exciting PRExcellence Award highlights reel showing the creative marketing materials that have been generated across the state this year. And did we mention that your hosts for the evening will be our very own CLA President Derek Wolfgram and 2013 Conference Chair Danis Kreimeier?

But wait – there’s more. We will round out the evening with a Prom! Yes, come dressed to dance the night away.  To get you in the mood, check out the big hair in Derek Wolfgram's and Michelle Perera's prom pictures. If you have a prom picture you would like to share with us, please send it along--we will be happy to include it in a future article.

Get your tickets for the awards ceremony before they run out!

Michelle Perera
Special Events Committee Chair and CLA Board Member

California State Library

The California State Library is everywhere at this year’s conference!

We'll be conducting two pre-conference events:

  • A three-day “Early Learning with Families at the Library” workshop, will be held November 1-3. Attendance is by application only, so please contact Suzanne Flint at or 916/651-9796 for more information.
  • The California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) Literacy Coordinators and Library Directors’ Orientation will be held on Sunday morning, November 3. For more information, please contact Carla Lehn at or 916/653-7743.

Set your alarms for Monday morning: the California State Library Breakfast is back! Start your day bright and early with hearty food, good company and the latest news from the State Library. All this for just $20!

New this year: All conference programs featuring projects supported through Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds will be marked with the State Library’s logo. These should be the best of the best!

And, finally, don’t forget to visit our booth in the Exhibit Hall. As always, we love to chat and hear what’s going on around California.


Meet authors and illustrators at Beatty/CYRM Luncheon

Would you like to enjoy an elegant luncheon with CLA's award winning authors and illustrator during this year's CLA conference in Long Beach? Meet authors and illustrators Barb Rosenstock, Mordicai Gerstein, and Ally Condie at this year's Beatty/CYRM Luncheon!

If so, register now for the Beatty Award/California Young Reader Award (CYRM) Luncheon, scheduled to take place on Monday, November 4th, from 11:30-1:00 p.m.

This year we are celebrating 25 years of the John and Patricia Beatty Award with a delicious meal in a grand ballroom overlooking the beautiful Long Beach Harbor. Not only will you have a chance to mingle with colleagues, but you will also be able to meet and speak with award-winning children's authors and illustrators at a special book-signing opportunity with our Beatty/CYRM winners.

We will be joined by author Barb Rosenstock and illustrator Mordicai Gerstein, Beatty Award recipients for The Camping Trip that Changed America, and Ally Condie, CYRM recipient for her Young Adult book Matched.

This elegant luncheon promises to be fun for all and includes a chance for attendees to win free books! Don't hesitate a moment longer and register today for the lunch event of the conference!

Tour the RMS Queen Mary

Coming to Long Beach and missing this once in a lifetime opportunity would be a crying shame!

Join your fellow CLA attendees for a self-guided tour of “The Grey Ghost”, the RMS Queen Mary.  Launched in 1934, The Queen Mary ruled the seas as the flagship for the Cunard line for 10 years. She carried Allied soldiers during World War II and dominated the transatlantic passenger transportation market until the late 1950’s. She retired from service in 1967 and moved to the glorious city of Long Beach where she now lives, still hosting guests in her 346 guest rooms, sumptuous dining halls and elegant bars. Influenced by the Art Deco movement, her interiors offer some of the grandest, most intricate designs ever on an ocean liner. Don’t let this slip past

Tour will meet on Sunday, November 3rd in the Hyatt Regency lobby at 11am.

Registration fee: $25

Register now to reserve a space!