In my first blog post, I wrote I wanted to be inspired by this year’s Annual Conference…and ALA brought it, big time. I’ve posted about fabulous Lauren Myracle and the best panel discussion ever; here’s 5 more inspirational moments from the conference (in no particular order):
- Father Michael Pfleger, who spoke about gun violence and how libraries can help, looking out at a room full of librarians and saying, “Do you know how powerful you are?” He spoke passionately about children, saying “…we can’t keep telling children what they can’t do.”
- Author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and “International Dot Day” on September 15th. I can’t wait to make plans to celebrate this at my library!
- In “Storytelling Mojo,” telling another person, in 90 seconds, how my library is evolving and realizing I was focused, positive and articulate. Listening to that person and realizing that her challenges and concerns are so similar to mine, even though her library serves 250,000 people with 8 branches and I work in a small town library with one building.
- The news that Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s book The Untold History of the United States is being made into a graphic novel and possibly a YA version.
- Alice Walker. She began by exhaling deeply and saying, “I’m so glad to see you.”
A beautiful soul and an extraordinary writer.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be here in Chicago, that my library is willing to support my professional development by sending me to this conference. I plan to return home and channel all this inspiration into providing quality services to our library patrons!