October 31, 2011

Wonderful AASL in MN

I was so excited flying to Minneapolis last week to speak at the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a group I’d not met before. Talk about committed literacy professionals! The librarians at all levels—elementary, middle and high schools, as well as university faculty members—all expressed how much they enjoyed their work and the excitement of their students.

As always, I learned so much from my conversations with these professionals, one of the joys of being a presenter. Not enough of the school librarians were familiar with Día , but many are eager to plan their first culminating Día celebrations for this coming April. I hope that they, and all of you who may be planning your April book fiestas, are finding helpful information on the Día section  of my site and on the various links on the site. I welcome your suggestions and ideas.

AASL members ready to promote the Día family literacy concept to their schools and districts, brainstormed about how to increase Día’s impact within their organization and in the national literacy community. Ideas included presentations/sessions about planning Día events at district, state, regional and national meetings.

Join us in linking all children to books, languages, and cultures. Be part of establishing the national tradition of celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children’s Day/Book Day just as we annually celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Share bookjoy!

Pat signing books following the Author Banquet

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