Why you should attend the Sutherland

I swore to myself last year after attending the annual Zena Sutherland lecture at the Harold Washington Library that I would hound my fellow NSLS youth services people to go next year.  And here it is next year already!

Here’s why you should go:

1.  Christopher Paul Curtis is the speaker this year.  A great writer, an excellent speaker, talking about some of the books kids love the most–The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963; Bud, Not Buddy; Elijah of Buxton–don’t you immediately remember those characters, those voices?

2. The speaker is introduced by the inimitable Roger Sutton.

3. You’ll get a chance to network.

4. It’s at Harold Washington in a beautiful space, and it’s downtown Chicago at night, which is often magical.

5. The food at the reception afterward is fantastic, and it’s easy to get a chance to chat with the author.

6. It’s free!  Just RSVP at 312-747-4780 or go online at http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/events/sutherland/sutherland.php

7. What, you want to know when it is?  Fine.  It is on Friday, May 1 at 7:30.  You should go!

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