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Words of Wisdom #ALSC20

I’ve been having difficulty lately coming up with my own coherent words, so I thought I would share some of the phrases and words of wisdom that have inspired me so far at the ALSC Institute: “There are no safety nets for the truth” (on telling the truth in an accessible way for young readers). “When your feet are held to the fire, you have to deliver” (on having strong strategic EDI goals to keep you accountable). “Dreaming is activism” (from a discussion on the multitude of ways to be an activist). “How deep is the mud? It depends on how tall you are” (on developing empathy by imagining another person’s view). “I can’t get caught up in the fears of the future. I just have to work in the present and create this work that matters to me” (Christian Robinson on working during this uncertain time). I’m inspired and…

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Virtual Conference Busy-ness

What a difference 8 months makes! Back in January, I attended ALA Midwinter for the first time. I was exhausted from the flight from Seattle to Philadelphia, as well as the time change and running from building to building to attend conference sessions. The ALSC 2020 Virtual Institute can be viewed from the comfort of my own home – but that doesn’t make it any less exhausting in its own way. Today started bright and early at 7 a.m. Pacific time with an inspirational panel on Family Matters: Sharing Generational Love in Children’s Literature. We had a 15 minute break before it was on to the next session (for me: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with ALSC: Updates, Tools and Takeaways) then another 15 minute before We Are Water Protectors. Hopefully more on all of these later – but we’re just about to start Help! MY Child Is Learning How to…