ALA Annual 2016, Live Blogging

Seeds to Grow from My #alaac2016 Experience

Storytime Katie is amazing.  If you are a children’s librarian, you probably already know about her blog.  I met Katie today at the Guerrilla Storytime in the Networking Uncommons.   She had many wonderful songs and ideas.  She is one of my Storytime super-heroes.  Learning from all the librarians at this session was a valuable experience in a weekend of inspiring sessions.  

AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee, ALA Annual 2016, Children's Literature (all forms), Dia, Diversity, Literary and Related Awards, Live Blogging

Pura Belpré – Twenty Years of Conceptual Continuity

My wife was born in the same town, Cidra, the town of eternal springtime, in the east central mountains of Puerto Rico.  I remember her delight when she learned of Pura, years later, when she was studying for her MLIS, and her joy at knowing of her connection with this legendary woman, that they had the same hometown.  I am sorry, New York, though Pura called New York her home, like so many Nuyoricans, Puerto Rico will always be their spiritual home, even if they were born en la gran manzana.

ALA Annual 2016, Live Blogging

#alaac16 Holly Robinson Peete with twins RJ and Ryan speaking on the autism journey

I attended the auditorium speaker series program with  actress, author, and amazing autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete. Talking about their family’s journey with autism since their son RJ was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3, Holly and her family have been such an inspiration to many families. Be sure to add their picture book My Brother Charlie and their latest book geared to teens on the autism spectrum Same but Different to your collections if you haven’t already! I will definitely be looking up their reality show For Peete’s Sake on the Oprah Winfrey Network.