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June 22, 2023 at 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Haymarket House

Left Library Worker Meet and Greet

Join us for a gathering of left library workers and supporters in Chicago to connect with folks and organize together.

Haymarket House

800 W Buena Ave
Chicago, IL 60613 United States


In town for ALA Annual? Working in libraries in the Chicago area?

Join comrades for a casual meet and greet before the conference kicks off!

We'll share snacks and stories and plans for a "left track" through the weekend's events. Hear updates from local struggles including the contract fight at Skokie Public Library, the campaign to flip a hostile board at the Niles-Maine District Library, and the organizing drive at the University of Chicago Lab School.

***We ask that guests are masked during the discussion portion of the event in our main event space. We will provide refreshments and drinks for the mingling portion and folks can spread out. Weather permitting we will also have outside space for folks to gather and hang out.***


  • Angela Bailey, Skokie Public Library
  • Elizabeth Seeskin, Niles Coalition
  • Sandy Bernard, University of Chicago Lab Schools
  • Jarrett Dapier, author and librarian

Haymarket House is located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago about 7 miles north of downtown. We encourage people attending from the ALA conference to take public transit or coordinate ride shares. Street parking can be limited so plan accordingly. There is also paid parking lot at 4149 Clarendon, a couple blocks from our venue.