ALA Annual 2013

Sammy’s Pics with Famous Folk

Sammy, the interviewing Toucan from Indiana, got pictures taken with dozens of famous folk at ALA.  Sammy also collected interviews from many people affiliated with libraries in one way or another.  Be sure to check Sammy’s YouTube channel for the interviews from the conference later this week, including interviews with Cory Doctorow, Brian Azzarello, and a librarian in a hallway outside a Women’s Restroom (at a Tweetup, of course).  Sammy got to attend several exciting events at ALA including the Newbery Caldecott Wilder Award Banquet, the Odyssey Award Ceremony, and the Printz Reception.

Suzanne Walker, Staci Terrell, and Emily Fleischer with Sammy, the Toucan, at the Printz Reception.
Suzanne Walker, Staci Terrell, and Emily Fleischer with Sammy, the Toucan, at the Printz Reception.

Over the course of the conference, several people asked me how I got started working with Sammy.  Sammy and I used to interview my Early Literacy Assistant at my previous job and then, at ALA last year, Sammy took the plunge and interviewed a famous author, Tom Angelberger.  We’ve been partners ever since.  I highly recommend working closely with a puppet.  It is a great tool to have in your toolbox.

Enjoy Sammy’s pics and maybe one day Sammy and I will interview you!

You can access Sammy’s one minute and fifteen second ALA Picture Video here.

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