|Tree of inspiration|
- Seeing and hearing authors I deeply admire (Jandy Nelson, Tim Federle, Edwidge Danticat, Chris Meyers, and Kwame Alexander to name a few) and having all of them express appreciation for librarians and the work we do.
- Learning more about the Libraries Transforming Communities project, and getting great ideas about community engagement and making some useful connections with people working on a regional level like I do
- Learning about what some libraries are doing to serve people experiencing homelessness, and getting some ideas that are transferable to the smaller cities and libraries in our region
- Hearing ideas about sharing 5 Early Literacy Practices (Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play) with teen parents
- Just being around 25,000 librarians and others who are doing interesting things, talking about important topics, and eagerly connecting with each other was humbling and gratifying
Who knows when I will get to go again, but attending a conference of this scale, while overwhelming, is also eye-opening and stimulating! Next up--the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference, which is less huge and less expensive, but still tremendous for getting inspiration! Check it out, November 3-6.