Saturday, July 21, 2012

Thank you, Metronet!

In June I attended the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.
I was very fortunate to have a scholarship from Metronet to help me attend.

If you are a librarian in Minnesota in the Metro area, chances are your library is a Metronet member, and you too could get a scholarship to participate in something fabulous.

Dearest Metronet,
Three things I loved about attending ALA Annual 2012:

1. Authors and Illustrators
My time at ALA was filled with amazing authors and illustrators.

I met so many wonderful authors and illustrators while exploring the vendor exhibits.

ALA 12 author collage
Jon Scieszka, R.J. Palacio, Katherine Applegate, Dan Santat

There were also many award events celebrating amazing authors and illustrators.

Newbery/Caldecott Banquet:

Newbery / Caldecott Banquet
Arriving at the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet

Newbery Award winner Jack Gantos (photo by Travis Jonker)

Coretta Scott King Award Breakfast:

Shane Evans at the CSK Breakfast
Shane Evans CSK Illustrator Award Winner singing a musical connection to his book Underground

Odyssey Award Presentation (for the best audiobook produced for children or young adults):

Odyssey awards

One of my favorite moments of the conference was when Kirby Heyborne, narrator of the Odyssey Award winning audiobook Rotters, pulled out a guitar and sang to librarians.

2. Inspiration, new ideas & strategies from fabulous sessions

I loved the AASL track of sessions for the conference. It was inspiring to hear my peers from around the country share the amazing things that have done with libraries and kids. I am excited to bring back so many ideas to my own school and community.

Apps session @ ALA
Session: There's an App for That: Using Technology to Enhance Children's Librarianship

3. Networking with my PLN in REAL LIFE!

A PLN is a Professional Learning Network. I have connected with many school librarians and teachers through Twitter and blogs. At ALA I was able to connect with them in person. Meeting face to face strengthened and deepened those relationships that provide me with constant support and inspiration.

#MGmeetup @ ALA
Teachers and Librarians in my PLN with author/illustrator Raina Telgemeier
at the #MGmeetup sponsored by Walden Pond Press
At the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet
with librarians Jennifer Reed & John Schumacher and Author Sharon Creech

Thank you, Metronet, for helping me attend ALA 2012!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Caldecott Challenge 1958

At the Public Library in Cerritos, CA reading the 1958 Caldecott winner Time of Wonder

1958 Medal Winner: 
Time of Wonder 
by Robert McCloskey

1958 Honor Books:

Fly High, Fly Low 
by Don Freeman

Anatole and the Cat 
illustrated by Paul Galdone
written by Eve Titus

Caldecott Challenge Current Total: 102