We certainly bounced higher in Peoria! Thanks to all the librarians who LEARNED, CREATED, and PARTICIPATED with us at the 2012 Illinois Library Association Conference. The Youth Services Forum hopes you were filled with inspiration and motivation to help bring positive change in your home library. We also hope that you met many new library friends and got the chance to catch up with old ones, too! Let’s recap some of the exciting things that happened this week at ILA:
- Kevin Carroll Katalyst inspired us with his story about how a rubber ball and the importance of play can change our lives.
- We celebrated the achievements of our library colleagues at the 2012 ILA Awards Luncheon. Don’t forget to Be Proud and Be Loud and nominate a librarian for next year’s 2013 ILA Awards!
- We aimed younger and learned how to develop targeted summer reading programs for babies.
- We were mad about science and heard how libraries are bringing science for grades 3 – 5 to their communities.
- We learned how one library cooperate with United Way and other local early childhood education programs to better serve youngest patrons.
- We were immersed in the latest and greatest books of the year for kids and teens with Andrew Medlar’s engaging program The Books of the Year.
- We had RECORD NUMBERS at this year’s Stories and Spirits program, where we mingled and networked with other library colleagues from across the state.
- We had a FULL HOUSE as we welcomed Anna Dewdney, illustrator of the 2013 iREAD Summer Reading Program, at the Youth Services Author Breakfast. We also celebrated the inspiring work of Sue Quinn, this year’s winner of the Davis Cup, and Victoria Rakowski, this year’s recipient of the Golden Ticket Award.
- We learned how using sign language in storytimes can make your library programs more inclusive and promote literacy.
- We heard a panel of youth services librarians and technical services staff who discussed the “De-Deweying” of their picture books developing more patron-friendly and browsable collections.
- We brainstormed ideas for iREAD 2015 and explored programming and craft ideas for the 2013 iREAD Have Book, Will Travel program at the iREAD Showcase. Check out the iREAD Pinterest Page for more great ideas!
- We rolled on the river exploring Peoria’s nightlife at this year’s ILA pub crawl!
- We sang Do Re Mi, Aiken Drum, and learned the hows and whys of using music with babies at Wee Be Jammin.
- We learned how to take our children’s book discussions outside the box at Not Your Mama’s Book Discussion program
- We learned about stop-go animation, minestorms, and scratch from a panel of totally techy youth and teen librarians….
AND SO MUCH MORE!! Click here to access all the conference handouts. And if you’re on Twitter, join the conversation online and see what people are saying about #ILAConf2012. What did you do to LEARN, CREATE, and PARTICIPATE at this year’s ILA Conference?