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An Inspiring Start

#PLA12 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was our keynote speaker. He told us about his fight to save the environment through clean energy and protecting our rivers and lakes.  As a children’s librarian, I was very inspired to hear about his work and passion for our future.  I thought it was a wonderful way to start the conference. This is my first PLA and I am enjoying every minute. I am meeting librarians from all over the country who are very friendly and enthusiastic about being here too. I briefly went to the vendor exhibits.  First on my list was DK publishing because they were giving away posters and Star Wars books.  I can’t wait to add them to our collection.  Tomorrow author Ann Droyd is signing and giving away copies of Good Night iPad.  I am  hoping to get a copy!

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Great Thing About PLA #2

Great thing about PLA #2: Reading Terminal Market. Right across from the convention center, this space beneath an old railway station has been in use for over 100 years and is now an indoor market with dozens of food stalls and take-out or eat-at-the-counter food stands. It’s a hustle-and-bustle place filled with tourists and convention-goers, old men and young mothers. It variously smells of fish, Thai food, chocolate chip cookies, or cheesesteaks depending on which of the many aisles you’re wandering. Cheese counters, fish markets, a handful of bakeries (my favorite is Metropolitan), fruit stands, delis, Amish markets, jewelry shops, and much more make it hard to know where to look. (I invite my fellow bloggers to add photos!) At conferences it’s often hard to find a close place for any food, let alone good food. The Reading Terminal Market makes conferences in Philadelphia much easier and more fun!

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Great Thing About PLA #1

Great thing about PLA #1: meeting ALSC members dropping by the ALSC booth, like Angela Newman, fellow ALSC PLA blogger! We’re giving away Dia buttons and member ribbons, and promoting the Great Early Elementary Reads bibliography, Dia, committee participation, ALSC online courses and webinars, the presidents’ program in Anaheim on tweens, and of course our Facebook contest. Who wouldn’t want to win a ticket to the Newbery-Caldecott banquet? Good booth traffic for the first night of the exhibits too, and fun hanging out with Dan Rude, ALSC Marketing Specialist, in between times. There’s an opening reception, so many strollers had wineglasses in hand . . . maybe that’s why we got so many customers – our booth is strategically located right across from the bar!

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There’s a band! #PLA12

If I were to make a list of things I did not expect to see today at the PLA conference, an a cappella choir singing ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ outside the exhibit hall would be pretty near the top. The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Glee Club began singing outside the hall about 10 minutes after it opened, and I managed to take this grainy photo of them before they skedaddled.

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Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries #PLA12

Nancy Pearl has the power to bring things back from the dead. Well, at least, if those things are books, and if by ‘dead’ one means out of print. I had the chance to attend her luncheon today at PLA where she introduced her latest project. It is called ‘Book Lust Rediscoveries,’ and it is, to quote the handy flyer I received on my way out, ‘a series devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published between 1960 and 2000.’ Don’t we all have at least one title on our shelves whose condition and/or appearance we lament but just can’t bring ourselves to weed because it’s too good not to have? Imagine being able to order a shiny new copy with new cover art, an introduction by Nancy Pearl, and a readers guide with discussion questions for book clubs! Luncheon guests were treated…

Blogger Mary R. Voors

Live blogging at #PLA12

Today at 4:00 pm the Public Library Asscociation conference,  held this year in Phildadelphia, PA opens their Exhibits.  Interested in what else is going on? You can download the complete Conference Program here. You’ll find all kinds of programs, including a wide variety of learning & networking opportunities for youth services librarians. For the next few days, we will not have our regular, daily posts on this blog. Instead, we will have multiple shorter posts each day. To make it easier for everyone to follow the excitement on Twitter, each post will include the hashtag #PLA12. Seven bloggers have committed to writing short “micro-posts” throughout this conference so ALSC blog readers can have a feel for what is happening in Philadelphia: Elisabeth Gattullo has recently joined the team of ALSC bloggers. As you can read in our blogger profiles,  Elisabeth is the Collection Development Coordinator at Darien Library (CT). Dan…

ALSC Online Courses

Spring 2012 Online Course Registration Open!

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announces the release of the schedule for spring 2012 online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, April 2, 2012. All of ALSC online courses are taught by experienced library professionals. These instructors understand the public library environment and teach practical skills in their online courses. When weighing your options for online professional development, please consider the quality and caring of ALSC instructors. Series Programming for the Elementary School Age (four weeks, April 2 — April 27) examines series clubs. Lots of libraries have one-shot series parties or events. This course, taught by Lisa Shaia, children’s librarian at the Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield, Conn., expands on the one-shot idea and provides the tools necessary to establish series clubs at the library so that more children will read and use the library more often. Enjoying trivia, games, music and…

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Sensory Storytime: A (brief) How-To Guide

Just wanted to send a big thank you for the sensory storytime this morning! It was terrific! … My four-year old LOVED it and I think I’m even more excited than he is as the event stirred up a lot of great ideas for activities I can do with my kids at home! Thank you thank you!!! This wonderful feedback was given to me by a grateful mom after I did my first Sensory Storytime for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  She and her son have attended every sensory storytime since.  I know from asking that her family had visited the library, but had never attended a storytime before this one. Children with autism and other developmental disabilities live in your community, no matter its size.  As welcoming, friendly, and inclusive as you are, families may still refrain from bringing their children to “regular” storytimes for fear of…