ALA Annual 2018

New Voices with Fresh Takes #alaac18

This morning I was honored to speak about my passion for diverse storytimes as part of a group of first time national presenters in “Fresh Takes in Youth Services.” It was the scariest 5 minutes of my life but I loved every second of it! This Ignite style program was a great way to introduce new voices in our field and provide conference speaking experience to novices. Each presentation highlighted a very timely and relevant topic to Youth Services such as robotics, leadership, Comic Cons, LGBTQIA advocacy and STEAM partnering. I’m in awe of my co-presenters Jo Schofield, Robin Sofge, Molly Virello, Connor Flan Joel Park and Jamie Naylor! I’m especially thankful to Brooke Newberry and Amy Koester for their mentorship during this process. I really hope ALA continues to host programs like these that provide rookie presenters an opportunity to share their passion on a national stage in an accessible…

ALA Annual 2018

Michelle Obama: who we deserve and need at #alaac18

While many of our national leaders are choosing to be divisive, Michelle Obama is showing us what it means to be inspiring, compassionate, and a champion for children.  During her conversation with Carla Hayden at the Opening General Session she spoke about the importance of fostering connections and helping children realize their full potential, especially those who may be experiencing challenges. She talked about a White House mentoring program for kids that helped build confidence and a sense of ownership. Her statement that resonated with me the most was about how we as adults have the opportunity to positively impact a child’s life every time we engage them. “This one interaction could be the one that changes this child’s life.” I find this to be so true. My mentor Thom Barthelmess always says, “Each visit to the library is a formative experience.” As librarians and professionals working with young people…

ALA Annual 2018

#alaac18 Let’s Do This!

Registration, check. Waiting in the surprisingly fast line for the Opening General Session, check. Great seat, check! I’m so excited for this year’s featured speakers and moderator, Carla Hayden, Trombone Shorty and Michelle Obama! Despite it being the length of a football field, the line moved quickly and there were plenty of things to look at while in the queue. I loved seeing the multilingual “Welcome” poster displayed at the ALA store and the amazing Biblioquilts that were donated for the ALA Silent Auction. I gave a loud cheer when the large screens projected the upcoming addition of the American Indian Library Association, the Association of Jewish Libraries and the Asian Pacific American Library Association awards to the 2019 Youth Media Awards. So much positivity and inclusivity to kick off #alaac18 and the Opening General Session hasn’t even started yet!