Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Texas Library Association Conference in Houston, TX! Thankfully, I was able to carpool and attend with my friend and fellow district librarian, Karen Rodgers. It made it so much fun to attend with a friend. We found great sessions to attend, met authors and the best thing is that Karen introduced me to the ticketed lunches! We checked the message board frequently and I was able to buy a lunch ticket every day! So much fun and it was nice to have a seat with adults and converse about books!
One of the highlights of the week was hearing LeVar Burton and singing the theme to "Reading Rainbow" with him and a chorus of librarians! He shared his vision for reading and made some very interesting points about technology. In the 80's television was the medium to reach kids so they developed "Reading Rainbow". Today, the medium is technology including computers, iPads and SMART phones, so they are introducing the "Reading Rainbow" app! It continues with a similar format by sharing a book and taking a virtual field trip. So amazing!
I have loved the book, Snicker of Magic, since the Scholastic Reading Summit in 2014. Donalyn Miller talked about it and as soon as I read it, I fell in love with the town and the characters! Last year, one of our very own sixth grade teachers read the novel as a read-aloud to her students. It was huge in teaching kindness and cooperation for them! Natalie Lloyd was kind enough to SKYPE with us last year after school and the kids had amazing questions, so it was a pleasure to meet her!
My mom has been a huge influence on me and reading. Growing up, she took us to the public library every week during the summer. Because of the Houston flooding, my mom's school district was off the entire week, so she was able to join Karen and me one day at TLA! I loved having her there. While I volunteered in the parking garage, my mom joined Karen and got to hear some amazing authors. Surprisingly, her favorite was the panel of Science Fiction/Fantasy writers. My mom is not a fan of this genre, but she loved the authors because they were hilarious. I'm so thankful my mom got to join in with me and see a bit of what I do. And she got to meet a lot of colleagues and friends too! I LOVED having her there to be a part of the conference.
Ms. Smith, SBMS