Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences (2020 and 2021)

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4 Events Found in Pennsylvania

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ALA Midwinter Meeting ALA Midwinter Meeting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 

Hosted by: American Library Association
Dates: Friday, January 24, 2020 to Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Website: ALA Midwinter Meeting


ALA Annual Conference is the premier global library event each year, bringing together the newsmakers, innovators, thought leaders, and influencers in the library field, from all over the world. News is made at these events, where important announcements are made, updates are shared, relevant legislation and policy are addressed, and discussions take place that have a major impact on libraries, their role, and their ongoing transformation. This event trends nationally on Twitter and are extensively covered in the media.

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African American Children’s Book Fair African American Children’s Book Fair
Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hosted by: The Literary Media & Publishing Consultants
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.

Website: African American Children’s Book Fair
Phone: 215-878-2665


The African American Children's Book Fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children's books in the country. It features nationally known bestselling authors and illustrators, many of whom have won some of the most prestigious literary awards including the American Library Association Coretta Scott King Award. These authors and illustrators have produced some of the best books of our generation.

Parents, caregivers and educators are very supportive of the African American Children's Book Fair because they understand that children who read outside of their normal school course work tend to make more responsible decisions about their lifestyles.

The fun-filled afternoon is packed with activities that promote the POWER and JOY OF READING. Authors and illustrators will make presentations and sign their books. The Literary Row will distribute book-related promotional materials free of charge. Our Educator's Book Giveaway will also distribute brand new books to teachers and librarians for use in their schools. In addition there will be a wide selection of affordable literature available to purchase.

The African American Children's Book Fair is a part of the African American Children's Book Project's initiative to promote and preserve multicultural children's literature.

The organization is leading a campaign entitled PRESERVE A LEGACY, BUY A BOOK. Its goal is to put books back into children's homes. You can't tell a child to read at home if there are no books. Read an interview the event’s organizer, Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati

The event is free and opened to the public.

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The Allegheny Regional Festival of Books The Allegheny Regional Festival of Books
Check the website, Bedford, Pennsylvania

Hosted by: Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Date: September 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Allegheny Regional Festival of Books

The Allegheny Regional Festival of Books (ARFB) is a truly grassroots, community based, literary festival, promoting authors, writing and reading, while raising funds for scholastic projects. Born from the imagination of a writers group, this vision was transformed into a framework driven by hard working volunteers committed to excellence.

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York Book Expo York Book Expo
Wisehaven Event Center, York, Pennsylvania

Hosted by: Year of the Book, Demi Stevens
Date: November 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: York Book Expo


There’s something for all ages to experience at York Book Expo. You will be able to buy books from more than 100 authors, and have them personalized and autographed, too! Kids can read to the Happy Tails Therapy Dogs, and enjoy awesome crafts and activities all day. Aspiring writers can sign up for free writing workshops.

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