OLA Conference!

a photo of me and my buddies Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper!

I nearly lost my hand in the excitement of meeting these characters ūüėõ


This Thursday and Friday I attended the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto. It was great!  

I got autographed copies of   

  • All Aboard!: Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine by Monica Kulling
  • The Adventures of Daniel Boom AKA Loud Boy by D.J. Steinberg
  • A sample of Allison Dare: the Heart of the Maiden by J. Torres and J. Bone
  • Violet¬†signed by both the author Tania Duprey¬†Stehlik¬†and illustrator Vanja¬†Vuleta¬†Jovanovic.
  • Mrs. Kaputnik’s¬†Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium¬†by Rona Arato
  • The King’s Taster¬†by Kenneth Oppel

I also got some samples of audio books from Scholastic.  

I attended some fantastic sessions, learning about how Ottawa Public Library developed¬†their kids website, and¬†how Legoes, poetry slams, themed toy/book bins and reading to dogs can make children’s areas more successful.¬†¬†

At the Youth Services expo I won The Adventure written by Susan Yost-Filgate and illustrated by Leonard Filgate.  

Two librarians from Oshawa hosted an entertaining session called the Tween Scene. They highlighted some fun programs for tweens that I would love to be involved in:  

  • Amazing Race
  • Anti-Valentines Day
  • Iron Chef
  • Mythbusters
  • Manga Mania
  • Harry Potter Potions
  • Evidence Hunter
  • Relic Hunter
  • Chocolate themed events
  • Urban Legends
  • The Price is Right
  • CSI

They kindly share their information to assist other libraries in quickly developing similar programs. http://sites.google.com/site/thetweenscene/  

I plan to review my beautiful new books ASAP.