ALA Annual 2010, Conferences/Meetings/Institutes

Nuts about the Newbery

I love books: reading them, talking about them and writing about them. I really LOVE great books which is why I am Nuts about the Newbery, so nuts that I have read every book that ever won the medal. Knowing that much about me will tell you why I am STILL smiling from the amazing adventure I had last week. I went to the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in DC. If you have never gone I am here to tell you, GO! I had the most amazing time, met tons of my favorite authors/heroes, got several (lots) of new books, learned tons at sessions on topics like poetry and blogging, and had an AMAZING, magical evening at the Newbery/Caldecott Gala. For the Gala I wore my purple poof dress. Before the event even started, I got to meet Grace Lin and Jerry Pinkney. I now have a set…

ALA Annual 2010

To Thrive on Change: A Student Perspective of ALA Annual

Being a part of the 2010 ALA Annual Conference was incredible. The energy and sheer scale of the conference was at times overwhelming, and I was so fortunate to be able to experience it as both an attendee and a volunteer through the Student to Staff program working with ALSC. At the ALSC preconference “Drawn to Delight,” I recorded the dynamic Timothy Basil Ering improvise a landscape in ink and acrylics. I was struck by his words as well as the artwork forming in front of my lens; he delighted in spontaneity and insisted that mistakes were just opportunities for change. As wet ink dribbled down the paper, his eyes lit up in recognition of not an irreversible error but a chance to turn a landscape into a waterscape. What a great lesson for me as a conference attendee! As the weekend flew by, I found a willingness to adapt…