ALA Annual 2013

Top Inspirational Moments @ALA2013

In my first blog post, I wrote I wanted to be inspired by this year’s Annual Conference…and ALA brought it, big time.  I’ve posted about fabulous Lauren Myracle and the best panel discussion ever; here’s 5 more inspirational moments from the conference (in no particular order): Father Michael Pfleger, who spoke about gun violence and how libraries can help, looking out at a room full of librarians and saying, “Do you know how powerful you are?”  He spoke passionately about children, saying “…we can’t keep telling children what they can’t do.” Author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and “International Dot Day” on September 15th.  I can’t wait to make plans to celebrate this at my library! In “Storytelling Mojo,” telling another person, in 90 seconds, how my library is evolving and realizing I was focused, positive and articulate.  Listening to that person and realizing that her challenges and concerns are so…

ALA Annual 2013

Author Inspiration

I had two opportunities to hear authors today at #ala2013 and both knocked my socks off! I decided several months ago to attend the Bookmobile Saturday: Author Lunch, hosted by OLOS , which required a $25 ticket.  Lauren Myracle and Audrey Niffenegger were the guest speakers, and since my daughter has declared herself Lauren Myracle’s “biggest fan,” I figured it would be a great opportunity to meet her. I planned to stick to the free programs during my first ALA Annual Conference, but I highly recommend trying a ticketed event.  For $25, I received a yummy lunch, heard two talented authors speak, and received signed copies of each of their books, courtesy of Abrams Books.  It was much more fun than standing in long lines in the crowded Exhibit Hall for an author signing. And Lauren Myracle signed my daughter’s copy of Twelve! I also attended a program called “Krosoczka! TenNapel!…

ALA Annual 2013

I’m here! I’m here!

I arrived in Chicago yesterday for #ala2013, my very first ALA Annual Conference!  Parking garage confusion and traffic aside, I’m so glad to be here and I’m ready to head over to McCormick Place to register and get things started! I’m a youth services librarian and a former teacher, and I try to keep up with the latest developments in library services and education.  I’m not sure what I’ll glean from five days at ALA, but the opportunities for learning seem endless.  So what is it that I want from this experience? I want to be inspired. I want to have ideas to take back to my library and our patrons that inspire them to visit the library often.  I want ideas to inspire my colleagues to encourage them to shine as they serve our patrons.  I want to leave Chicago so full of excitement and passion for children’s librarianship…