I’m so excited about the things I have to share with you today. Not in a braggy way (well, not entirely), but because they all would greatly benefit from your participation, contributions, and opinions. So rev up your commenting power to eleven and let’s go.
Yesterday I posted a new article at ForeWord about saving time, money, and energy at your library during this difficult economic climate. I’m psyched about this post for two reasons. First, because I think it represents an ultimate community venture, where the post will pick up more value as more people share their own saving tips in the comments. So please pass it on to your colleagues. The second reason I’m excited is that the article gave me one of those Magical Moments in writing. See, I had the bones of it for a week, but I couldn’t get happy about what I had written. Then I wrote a new opening paragraph, and it changed the whole feel of the piece. Now I totally love it and I’m reminded how cool writing is.
Now over at Booklights, I’m taking on the Color Me Brown Challenge with three picture books featuring children of color. If you’ve profiled a book for the younger set this month, leave a link in the comments at the post and add to the list. Since I wrote about the opportunities available by leaving comments, I realized that I myself was missing the opportunity to highlight other blogs of the kidlitosphere. I had been leaving that task to Jen because she does it so well. But from now on, I’ll be asking myself What Would Jen Do? and I’ll be working harder to showcase more of your work. So let’s say that we all learned something.
Last, but certainly not least, my proposal for a book blogs session at the ALA 2010 Summer Conference in Washington, DC, was accepted!!! The session will be within the track for Association for Library Services for Children. I was in a rush for a clever name, so went with Book Blogs: Not Just for Geeks Anymore. Honestly, I’m not crazy about the title and I’m pretty sure that I can change it. Do you have any suggestions? Keep in mind that the concept of the session is to introduce librarians to using book blogs in their collection development, reading selection, program planning, and book clubs. I’ll be talking more about it after...
Kidlitosphere Conference! You didn’t really think we were getting out of this post without a mention of KidLitCon09, did you? I have to give a shout-out to Liz Burns for the best title, the best post I’ve seen on the grassroots nature of our gathering, but I’m so appreciative to all of you who’ve written about and promoted the Kidlitosphere Conference on your blogs. Our collaborative effort is what made the YA/KidLit bloggers the first group to be able to put together a book blogging conference three years ago, and now our continued support can make this year’s meeting another great success. With the extra posts and Twitter reminders, I’ve received some more registrations in the last few days, including one from the amazing Young Adult author Elizabeth Scott. Next week I’ll have an updated list of participants and activities. We need to get everyone signed up by the time we lose our fantastic hotel rate on September 16th. But since it is possible that we could fill up our available participant slots before then, please register for the conference soon. Or like, now.
So to summarize: saving tips for libraries, profiles of POC books, book blogging session names, and promotion of KidLitCon. Now go forth with your contributions, comments, opinions, and tweets.