GLBTQ Programs and Ways to Help at ALA


Headed to Orlando this weekend for the ALA Annual Conference? Scroll below for exciting GLBTRT programs and ways you can support Orlando while at conference.


The memorial event for the Pulse shooting victims will be in the OCCC Chapin Theater W320, Saturday, June 25, 8:00– 8:30am. Doors will open at 7:30am.


Queer Zines –
Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going

Saturday, June 25 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Orange County Convention Center, Room W102A

Join Milo Miller, Co-Founder of Queer Zine Archive Project and a panel of Queer Zine specialists (Jenna Freedman of Barnard College, and Violet Fox of College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University) to learn about the history of queer zines, the current state of the culture, and where we’re going now, including the new Zine Code of Ethics. Get ideas on how to catalog and archive zines in your collection, along with ideas on how to encourage zine culture in and around your library.

Interests: Adult Services, Diversity, Marketing, Popular Culture, Public Programs, Readers’ Advisory, Young Adult Literature, Young Adult Services

Cost: Included with full conference registration.

Reflecting Realities:
Transgender Fiction for Today’s Tweens and Teens

Sunday, June 26 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Orange County Convention Center, Room W102A

Transgender youth are identifying themselves earlier and earlier, and yet they are some of the least represented within youth literature. Parents and youth alike need assistance figuring out how to take steps in their journey, and often they turn to the library for their primary resources. Join Cory Silverberg (author of the 2016 Stonewall Honor Book “Sex is a Funny Word”) and authors Donna Gephart (Lily and Dunkin), Brie Spangler (Beast), and Meredith Russo (If I Was Your Girl) to learn about their newest works and ways to help transgender youth in your library.

Interests: Adult Services, Diversity, Equity of Access, Popular Culture, Readers’ Advisory, Social Change, Young Adult Literature, Young Adult Services, Youth Services

Cost: Included with full conference registration.


Stonewall Book Awards Program
Monday, June 27 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
HYATT Regency Orlando, Room Florida Ballroom

Celebrate the winners of the 2016 Stonewall Book Awards! The Stonewall Book Awards are the oldest awards honoring the best in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender writing. Join the GLBT Round Table as it recognizes the winners and honorees in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s and young adult categories. The first The Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community will also be presented.

Cost: Included with full conference registration.


Donate Blood

Saturday, June 25, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, June 26, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Exhibit Hall, End of 400 aisle

To sign up for a donation time, go to and type in sponsor code # 10145. Please think about donating in honor of the GLBTQ community, especially as the restrictions for a good portion of the community have not been changed.

Donate School Supplies

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in collaboration with Orange County Library System and Librarians Build Community are sponsoring a school supplies drive at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference to benefit students in the Orlando area. As you prepare for your trip, put a packet of pencils or notepaper in your suitcase – they don’t take up much room, and are good placeholders for the books you’ll surely be bringing back. We are looking for:

  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Colored Pencils & Crayons
  • Scissors, Glue, etc.

Don’t have room in your suitcase? There are stores on or near International Drive like Walgreens and Office Depot, so you’ll be able to pick up your donations once you’re in town. Donation bins will be placed around the Orange County Convention Center. Please drop off your donations by Sunday evening so that we can be ready for a Monday delivery of school supplies, which will be distributed through the Orange County Library System.

Volunteer for a Summer Break Spot Shift

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Librarians Build Communities Member Interest Group invites you to join them in supporting the Orange County Library’s Summer Breakspot. Four Orange County Public Library branches are hosting Summer BreakSpot.

The Summer BreakSpot program provides free nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under during the summer break. There are a limited number of volunteer spots. ALA volunteers will help connect kids with lunches and help with the Summer Reading Program.

To volunteer for a shift, please contact Anthony Bishop Indicate which day and time work best for you.

LocationEdgewater BranchChickasaw BranchHiawasee BranchSouth Trail Branch
Address5049 Edgewater Drive870 North Chickasaw Trail7391 West Colonial Drive4600 South Orange Blossom Trail
BreakSpot! Time11:30 am-12:30 pm1:15 pm-2:15pm11:30 am-12:30 pm1:15 pm-2:15 pm
Volunteers needed on Friday, June 2410101010
Volunteers needed on Monday, June 2710101010

The Summer Breakspot Program is presented through partnerships with the Orange County Library, Orange County Public Schools, and the state of Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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