ALA Midwinter 2015

Witches, Goonies, and Winnie-the-Pooh: Jason Segel at #alamw15

You know it’s going to be a cool conference when the first person you spot standing outside of McCormick Place is Jason Segel. I’d just hopped off the bus and there he was, hanging out before his talk! Way cool. Segel, an actor and writer, was this morning’s interviewee during the Auditorium Speaker Series. He talked about how his own childhood experiences with night terrors inspired his children’s book, Nightmares! (co-written with Kirsten Miller). “I dreamed witches were eating my toes.” Sounds kind of adorable? “It’s adorable if you’re the eater, not the eatee,” he quipped. He’s been writing since age 22, and is heavily influenced by Roald Dahl, Tim Burton, Goonies, and Labyrinth. While writing The Muppets screenplay, Segel re-read A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh for inspiration and to get in “kid brain” mode. Segel’s primary interest is exploring the human condition of always wanting to be something more, of…

Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Host a Babymouse and Squish Program!

This past summer, my library hosted a Babymouse and Squish party, based on the graphic novels by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. It was incredibly fun to put together and a great way to not only highlight these two fabulous series, but to introduce young readers to other easy-to-read graphic novel options such as Toon Books and Lunch Lady. This program is great for any age that is reading from age 5 to 12. To come up with ideas, I read through every book in each series. The Holms grew up in a science household (their dad was a scientist and left petri dishes of cultures in their household fridge) and are both creative and artistic, and very funny to boot. They clearly read and watch film a lot — the books have so many “classic” and “cult classic” pop culture references. I had a blast spotting these elements in the…