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The Library’s Role in Equitable College Prep #PLA2022

Not every child who wants to go to college has the monetary resources to help pay for college prep classes and tutors. But the library can step in and help with phenomenal free resources. Aryssa Damron of the DCPL discussed how the library can help high school students find the tools they need to get into college. The most important thing we can do is to update our own knowledge. Things have recently changed! Do you know the top scores for the big tests? The top SAT score is now 1600, and the top ACT score is 36. Take a look through the Common App and the Common Black App and familiarize yourself with the requirements and the schools that each application represents. Evaluating your collection is crucial. Nothing in the physical collection should be older than two years. Your test prep books should be located in a highly visible…

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Author! Author! #PLA2022

I spent Thursday totally fangirling over the abundance of authors present everywhere – in the exhibit hall signing autographs, at the children’s author breakfast, and participating in panel discussions such as the Mystery Author Panel and the Press Play Audiobook talk. The authors in the audio book panel discussed the challenges of finding voices for their characters and how to make the storytelling come alive. Brian Selznick spoke about the challenges of translating a book like The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which has such a large visual component into an audio book. Jordan Ifueko, author of the Raybearer series spoke about growing up in a family with a strong oral storytelling tradition and how to successfully weave the components of that tradition into her audio books. What I remember the most about the day was that each of the authors talked about the real world events that influenced their stories…

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Opening Session with Luvvie Ajayi Jones #PLA2022

#PLA2022 began with over 3,000 people descending upon the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. After 2 long years, we were all together in the same room once again. And what a way to begin! Professional Troublemaker Luvvie Ajayi Jones was the Opening Speaker. Luvvie challenged us to join her in becoming a Professional Troublemaker. Luvvie contends that in every room that we are a part of, we have the opportunity to elevate the room to do better and be better. While she was speaking, I kept thinking of the musical Hamilton.

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Getting Here is Half the Fun! #PLA2022

My journey to Portland included a 3 hour layover. Those 3 hours were magical. As I waited for my flight, more and more librarians from across the country began congregating at the gate. Questions began to flow as we found each other. What system do you work in? What state? What you most looking forward to? The answer to that last question was the same no matter who you spoke to. “Being in person at a convention with our peers.” Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.