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Virtual #ALSC20 – too many great things

I have to say, I am SO glad that all of the sessions are being recorded for us! It’s been hard to choose what to see, and I am thrilled I can go back later and catch the ones I missed while I was in a different session. This is a huge plus of attending a virtual conference!

I picked up some amazing Global Citizens programming ideas from Hallie Jackson from Fairfax County Public library; I can’t wait until we have patrons back in the library, because I want to jump into those new ideas asap.

The We Are Water Protectors general session gave some fabulously interesting background stories of the book about the peaceful stand of current Indigenous-led protests. I thought it was interesting, too, to learn that the book was originally conceived as a YA novel; author Carole Lindstrom realized that young people “get it,” and need to hear about this. Michaela Goade’s art with Lindstrom’s writing is a gorgeous and moving combination. It was so awe inspiring to see behind the scenes of the entire artistic process. This amazing #OwnVoices story really balances darkness with a hopeful future, and creating works like this can take a surprising toll on authors and illustrators. Everyone in the session, both panelists and attendees, were sharing some Big Big Feels.

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