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Conference encourages youth to explore good books

A conference for adults concerned with helping youth find involvement and satisfaction with the best books have to offer will be held April 11 - 13, 2013, at Ruttger's Sugar Lake Lodge Resort, Grand Rapids. This will be the 25th anniversary of the conference Spotlight on Books.

Conference workshops will include a Caldecott Crash Course where members from the 2009 and 2012 national Caldecott committee will describe how the annual award is chosen. Featured authors for this year's conference include Susan Marie Swanson, winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award, and Karen Cushman, author of Will Sparrow's Road which was named one of Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2012.

"Over the years, Spotlight on Books has proven to be both entertaining and informative, helping people who work with young people share the joy of books," said Kathy Enger, executive director of the Northern Lights Library Network (NLLN). "This year's program promises to fully carry on this 25 year tradition."

A full conference schedule and registration can be found at or by calling the Northern Lights Library Network at 1-800-450-1032. Early bird registration for the full conference is $160 per person and must be received by March 15. Full time students can attend for just $85. A special conference rate for accommodations of $90 is available from Ruttgers. Visit for resort registration.

Spotlight on Books is organized by the following library agencies: Arrowhead Library System, Minnesota Library Association Children's and Young People Section, Friends of the Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids Public Library, Kitchigami Regional Library, Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Minnesota Education media Organization Literature Special Interest Division, Minnesota reading Association, North Country Library Cooperative, Northern Lights Library network, Northwest Regional Library, Viking Library System