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Literacy Warriors UNITED

The First-Ever Unconference to End Book Deserts


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August 8–9, 2021

Lake Bluff, IL

Due to the continuing threat posed by COVID-19, we have made the decision to move the conference to next summer. Stay safe. Be well.

schedule (TEntAtive)
sunday august 9th

8:30 – 9:00                          Check in and coffee

9:15                                     Welcome and Overview

9:45                                     Keynote Speaker

10:15 – 11:15                      Breakout Session #1

11:15 – 11:30                      Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30                      Breakout Session #2

12:30 – 1:30 .                      Lunch (local options or foodtrucks in parking lot)

1:30 – 1:45                          Afternoon Session Brainstorming

2:00 – 3:00                          Afternoon Session #1

3:15 – 4:15                          Afternoon Session #2

4:30                                     Mix and Mingle (Facility Tour, Volunteer Book                                                      Sorting)

5:30 – 7:00                          Documentary Film Screening 



Dinner on Your Own (or join your new colleagues!)

monday august 10th

8:30 – 9:00                          Check in and coffee

9:15 - 10:15                         Breakout Session #1

10:15 – 10:30                      Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30                      Breakout Session #2

11:30 – 12:00                      Keynote Speaker & Wrap Up

Join peers and supporters from across the country who are actively working to overcome book access inequity.


We are hard at work securing top-notch national speakers. Please continue to check back as we add to the list of speakers. We are thrilled to have confirmation from the following literacy warriors (click names for more information):

Dr. Molly Ness
Founder, End Book Deserts
Dr. Susan Neuman
Educator, Researcher, Policy Maker
Our Mission

The Literacy Warriors United Unconference brings together people and programs who aim to end book deserts. We are united by the belief that all children – regardless of their zip code – deserve access to books and reading culture. We channel our outrage into action by creating innovative programs and approaches to provide book access in our nation’s underserved populations, including low-income marginalized communities.

WHy attend

If you are concerned with book access and equity, we welcome your attendance. Our attendees will include literacy warriors who work in schools, libraries, communities, and programs across the country. United by the belief that literacy is as an issue of social justice, we invite you for the following reasons:

  • To connect with literacy warriors nationwide who aim to end book deserts

  • To learn alongside and from literacy warriors who face similar challenges in shared work

  • To join a nationwide movement aiming to increase national awareness about book deserts

  • To reduce the isolation that you may feel as other conferences and organizations are not uniquely tailored towards your work and mission