Tuesday, October 22, 2013

MLA 2013

I've been at the Mississippi Library Association annual conference this past week. The Mississippi library community is relatively small, and this yearly get-together is always great fun! I'm on several committees so it was a busy week, but a fun one.  But I'm still pretty fried, so here's a bunch of pictures about my awesome week:

This is Lindsey, my amazing co-chair of the Young People's Services Round Table. She has set up an unbelievably awesome Autism Resource Center at her library and she presented on it at the conference. I'm so stinking proud of her.

This is Selena. She is my library big sis, and she is involved in the Mississippi Children's Choice Award (also known as the Magnolia) like I am. She's on the K-2 committee so here she is talking about I WANT MY HAT BACK at our presentation.

Me and Lindsey right before the YPSRT lecture that we arranged. We're totally grown, y'all.  ADULTHOOD.

This is the program we arranged! By ourselves! (This was our first year being in charge of YPSRT so I'm proud of us to a degree that's nearly unseemly.)

Katie D. Anderson was our speaker. Her YA novel, KISS AND MAKE UP, came out last year.  It's set in Mississippi, and it is SUPER fun!

Katie's speech was fantastic! Her story was great and we were so thrilled to have her!
Middle Grade author F.T. Bradley did a presentation about the importance of reaching reluctant readers.  She's SO passionate about getting books into the hands of kids, and Mississippi is lucky to have her here!
Augusta Scattergood won the MLA Award for her MG novel, GLORY BE. She used to be a librarian and her stories were fun. Her novel is also a nominee for 2014 Magnolia Award!
Gratuitous friend photo This my friend Callie, who is a fantastic librarian and also works at the library school that's my alma mater. LOVED getting to spend some time with her!! As always, ignore the escape curls.

I'm so thrilled to be a part of this state that takes professional development and librarianship so seriously.  This was a fantastic conference, and I'm looking forward to 2014!

1 comment:

  1. The escape curls are my favorite part! What a delightful week. You did a wonderful job making it great.