Tidbits from a Library Conference

Last Friday I attended the Wisconsin Catholic Library Association Conference (WCLA) where I was also a guest speaker. The day was packed with giveaways and information.

We were greeted at the door by Elizabeth Fixmer, who signed and gave away copies of her wonderful new book, Saint Training.

The first presenter of the morning was Merri Lindgren, a librarian from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. She gave us a peek into the preliminary list of books published in 2010 that have been selected for inclusion in the CCBC Choices 2011. Merri noted that it’s possible that a few titles might be removed after a final review. Merri did a wonderful job of presenting books from different categories and building interest and excitement about the books. Below I have listed a few favorites that I would like to add to my school library.

After Merri Lindgren’s fantastic presentation, it was my turn. It’s so not easy to follow someone who has done a wonderful job of capturing the audience’s attention, but with a lovely introduction by Sharon Hart Addy, I was off and running at the mouth!  

My talk was “The New Look of Today’s Authors.” I spoke about online presence of authors, competition in the publishing field, and continuing to perfect the craft of writing. I also paid homage to the many bright, well-informed, and extremely talented authors of today.  

In the afternoon, Dr. Justin Patchin of UW-Eau Claire spoke on “The Growing Problem of Cyberbullying.” He presented current research on cyberbullying and noted that social networks and texting have opened doors to the good, the bad, and the ugly. Don’t be naive. Peer pressure can make even the best of children/students do things that are inappropriate. It’s up to us as parents and educators to keep a close eye on our children and keep the lines of communication open.

The day ended with an exchange of ideas among the librarians. Two thumbs up for a great conference!

Some favorite books from Merri Lindgren’s presentation:

The Natural World:  Born to Be Giants:  How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World by Lita Judge (Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, 2010), Insect Detective by Steve Voake (Candlewick Press, 2010)

Historical People, Places, and Events:  Stand Straight, Ella Kate:  The True Story of a Real Giant by Kate Klise (Dial, 2010), Sit-In:  How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Little, Brown, 2010)

Contemporary People, Places, and Events:  Biblioburro:  A True Story from Columbia by Jeanette Winter (Beach Lane Books, 2010)

Picture Books for School-Age Children:  Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade, 2010)

Books for Beginning Readers:  Cork & Fuzz:  The Babysitters by Dori Chaconas (Viking, 2010), Wolf Pie by Brenda Seabrooke (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010)

Fiction for Children:  Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell (Bloomsbury, 2010), Eyes on the Goal by John Coy (Feiwel and Friends, 2010), The Reinvention of Edison Thomas by Jacqueline Houtman (Front Street, 2010), Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, 2010), The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place:  The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, 2010)

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