On April 3, 2014, over 120 educators and school librarians attended the conference To Light the World: Stories of Hope and Courage for Challenging Times. Mary Ann Cappiello moderated an author's panel featuring Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Walter Dean Myers, and Doreen Rappaport. In addition to workshop sessions, participants had the opportunity to meet with one of the authors.

Books about Hope, Courage and Resilience, an annotated bibliography created for the conference, can be accessed here.

Walter Dean Myers by Matthew GriffingRemembering Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers (1937 - 2014) was a celebrated author of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for young people, and a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for books such as Fallen Angels and Slam! He was a featured speaker at the Library's annual conference for teachers and school librarians in 2009 and again in 2014.

Listen to an excerpt from Mr. Myers's "Meet the Author" talk at the 2014 conference, in which he takes the audience, step-by-step, through the writing of a book, here.