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#PLA2024 Day 3

I started off the morning at the Children’s Author Breakfast, which is always a “must see” moment for attending as a Children’s Librarian. We got to listen to Gennifer Choldenko, Loren Long, Daniel Nayeri, and Maleeha Siddiqui discuss their current and upcoming titles. Plus, Daniel Nayeri is a bit of a Chicago fan, and we were serenaded by their various hits as a part of his talk. Another fun tidbit is that Loren Long spent six weeks creating a large diorama of the town for The Yellow Bus. This allowed him to better draw the path that the bus took on its drive.

Next up was Baby Time Boredom. Make sure that you check out Ann’s blog post and Ellie Richardson’s post about this session. In addition to her recap, some take-aways that resonated with me include evaluating our coloring/writing table for diversity and adding labels to toy bins and spaces in multiple languages.

As a member of a Family Place Library, I attended their symposium luncheon about an IMLS grant project where they partnered to create Talk to Me Toolkits using Smithsonian Institution items. These offer an opportunity for family engagement around various STEM concepts.

Did you know that PLA has a Career Center in the Exhibit Hall? In addition to there being a job board, various PLA members volunteered to review resumes, practice interviews, and mentor attendees who signed up for a session. I spent an hour as a volunteer here and assisted in career coaching.

A coworker and I made time in our schedule to visit the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library as the welcome session there was cancelled on Tuesday due to weather. If you are attending the conference or visiting the city of Columbus, make this a stop on your itinerary. The children’s room is on the first floor and was fantastic. There were many eye catching features such as the school bus below.

In addition to the fun features around the room, the staff’s commitment to early literacy and engagement really shown through with various activities around the room. There was a letter of the week scavenger hunt where you found upper and lower case letters in various colors (this week’s letter was “R”!). Kids were encouraged to write what they would bring along if they went to space and the papers were displayed on a board. Their story time space displayed a picture of a rabbit (hand drawn), the word “rabbit” spelled out, and an uppercase and lowercase “R.”

Conference days don’t end at 5 pm, and we are headed out to various vendor events this evening. One day left!


Lisa Mulvenna (she/her/hers) is the Head of Children’s and Teen Services at Clinton-Macomb Public Library. You can also find her online on Threads at @floopy13 or X at lmulvenna. She is looking forward to networking with colleagues and the ability to share ideas. This is her 6th PLA. An interesting fact about her is that her family has been in the Guinness World Records! In 2000, they participated in the largest family reunion at the Lake County Fairgrounds outside of Chicago. The record appeared in the 2001 Book of Records, but has since been overtaken.


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