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Reserve Your Spot: KidLitCon

13 Sep

KidlitconLogo2017.pngIf you live in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland area (or farther) and you blog about children’s literature, then you’ve got to check out KidLitCon 2017 held in Hershey PA, November 3rd & 4th this year.

I got the chance to attend KitLitCon three years ago in Baltimore and it was an awesome weekend of networking with other kidlit bloggers, hearing authors speak and learning about new ideas and concepts that I could incorporate into my blog. The conference is put together by the same group of awesome individuals who also host the CYBILS awards which are book awards given by book bloggers.

The conference was definitely useful and even more importantly a lot o fun, so if you’re interested in attending, check out the website


ALA Midwinter Conference & Youth Media Awards

8 Jan

alamw16.pngI’m super jealous of all my library friends who are spending a fantastic weekend in Boston at the ALA Midwinter conference.  I’m going to be following the #ALAMW16 hashtag to see what’s happening and the #alaleftbehind hashtag to commiserate with other librarians stuck at home.

The conference is very early this year, usually happening toward the end of January, but I like having it this early for a couple of reasons.  In most public (and I would assume academic) libraries, programming is still at a minimum, while we wait for everyone to get back into the school schedule.  We have some programming going on right now, but we begin storytimes and much more programming in the next few weeks.

The other reason I like having the conference this early is because everyone is still talking about the “Best of 2015” and the Youth Media Awards are getting announced…. on MONDAY!  I’m not really the type of person who cares for the Oscars, Golden Globes, etc.  But, the Youth Media Awards come around and I get super excited!  I love following the live award presentations and hearing the audience respond to the announcements.  It’s so much fun!  I’ll be at work early on Monday, making sure I don’t miss a moment.

Ways to Get Involved: Conferences, CYBILS judging & KidLitCon

2 Sep

There are probably about a billion ways to connect with the community of people who support, love and promote children’s books.  Three ways that are happening soon include presenting at my state conference, volunteering to become a CYBILS judge for 2015 and attending KidLitCon in Baltimore, MD from October 9-10.

I’m so excited to be presenting (for the first time!) at my state’s library conference this fall.  I’ll be talking through my Fun Friday program and all the great ways to connect with elementary school kids in a quick and engaging way.  You’ll be hearing more about this as the conference gets closer.  I’m great at talking to bunches of kids, we’ll see how I do with a bunch of adults 🙂

Taken straight from the CYBILS website, “The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.”  I love seeing the list that comes out every year and I always find a few things that I need to add to my TBR list.  I volunteered to be a judge and even if I don’t get selected, this is a great way to connect with other children’s literature bloggers.

This year’s theme for the KidLitCon is “Celebrating Young People’s Literature.”  It looks like its going to be a fun time and if I can rearrange my work schedule, I plan on heading down for this jam-packed, 2-day conference.  It’s a little bit of a small conference, which I’m really excited about, hopefully giving me a chance to get to know (personally) more children’s literature bloggers from around the country (and it doesn’t hurt that it’s so close to me!).

Conference Musings

1 Oct

lancaster_logo_complete222reI’m sitting at my desk, back in the library after a very busy state conference.  There were some absolutely amazing programs this year and I’m so excited and grateful for a supervisor who is willing and excited to try some new ideas this fall/winter.  I’m going to spoil any surprises, but we are so excited about some great ideas!  Today, I got the chance to attend a program about unprogramming and passive programming, which we already do a little of, but could always do more.  This, as the presenters, pointed out, is a great way to provide a program for children who do not typically attend traditionally planned library programs.  Plus, from a planning perspective, this allows me to focus my time on other programs that do require planning time.

The other part of conferences is networking – something that I used to think I was not good at doing.  Finally, after a number of years, I’m beginning to get the hang of it!  Being a part of a state association is a great way to become involved in an association and get to know people in a more intimate way than you might though the huge national association.  Our state association also has regional chapters which is another great way to get to know other local librarians in the area.  I also think it definitely helped to be a part of the conference committee this year, which allowed me to be introduced to almost 30 people that I saw during the conference over the past 4 days.  It’s also helpful that I’m on another state-wide committee where I’ve met a number of colleagues and have gotten to see librarians friends from across the state.  I’ve learned it’s not always easy to strike up a conversation with a stranger, but more than likely these strangers are as passionate as I am about being a librarian, which makes talking to them a little easier.  I was also able to pass out a number of my personal business cards to encourage more people to visit this blog, which is another great way to get to know colleagues not only from the state, but from across the country and even around the world!  It’s so fun getting a chance to meet librarians in person, that I only knew through my blog – shout out to Jbrary!  All of these connections are added to my personal learning network and are great resources that I can go to any time I need a hand!

PaLA Annual Conference

29 Sep

From Sunday to Wednesday, I get the chance to hang out at the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Annual Conference – networking with librarians across the state, learn about programs, resources and getting re-energized about being a librarian.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE being a children’s librarian, but its amazing to be around a group of people as passionate about libraries as I am.

I’m learning about tons of programs that I can’t wait to add into my repertoire – robotics, STEM, iPads, children’s illustrations and more.  Now I just have to remember everything and figure out how to make it work for us!

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