Actor and children’s book author Channing Tatum will present at The Digital Experience at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, DC

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that actor and children’s book author Channing Tatum will be presenting virtually at the 2022 Annual Conference and Exposition in Washington, DC, June 23-28, 2022.

Registration is open.

Channing Tatum is best known for his work on screen as an actor and behind the scenes as a producer and director. In 2021, he added the “New York Times” bestselling author to his lineup when his first children’s book, “The One and Only Sparkella,” debuted at number one. The “Sparkella” picture book series, illustrated by Kim Barnes, is a charming ode to self-esteem and perfect for social-emotional learning.

The book follows Ella, who is excited about her first day at a new school, but the day doesn’t quite go to plan. Her new classmates don’t like her disco ball shoes, her PB&J sandwich with sprinkles, or her rainbow unicorn painting. She decides to try to be less bubbly at school the next day, so the other kids won’t laugh at her. But with a little help from her father, Ella learns the importance of just being herself, no matter what others say.

New this year, ALA’s annual conference will host The Digital Experience, a virtual offering of 42 training sessions, 14 News You Can Use sessions and four Mainstage sessions. These sessions will be streamed live from the conference in Washington, DC directly to registrants. Registration for the digital experience includes on-demand content for a total of 60 sessions until August 31, 2022.

The health and safety of conference attendees and vendors is our priority. The ALA is carefully following the latest health and safety guidelines for large group gatherings from the CDC and the DC Department of Health. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center continues to work with vendors in environmental services, health and safety technology upgrades, food and beverage, and other services to provide additional safety measures. Check out the 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference Health Protocols page which will be regularly updated for any changes.

ALA’s annual conference and expo invites library professionals at all career levels and from all types of libraries to engage in top-quality professional development opportunities, including more than 160 training sessions , and to have access to the latest information from experts in policy, research, and technology during the News You Can Use sessions. There will be over 12 memorable thought leaders and celebrity speakers sharing their unique insights on the main stage.

The Conference Planner includes a variety of sessions and educational programs hosted by ALA Divisions and Units. It will be constantly updated with new agenda content as we move forward into the conference.

The Library Marketplace will host many popular exhibits and activities from past conferences. More than 550 exhibitors will provide access to innovative products and services, and publishers will host more than 80 presentations from established and new authors on eight genre-specific stages. Other on-site favorites include Meet the Authors, Poster Sessions, Live at the 25 Podcast Booth, Free Advanced Reading Copies (ARC), and more.

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Grover Z. Barnes