Huge appreciation to

the librarians, trustees and architects at #ALAAC18 NOLA, conference 23 June, who attended our program: 'Achieve the Library Design You Need. Communicate Effectively with Your Library Building Design Professionals'. Thanks too to the conference organizers and audio-visual staff for a seamless experience. If you have questions when you receive our protected PDF with NOTES on the conference website, please contact us.

THANK YOU @LLAMA_ALA / Fred Reuland and all participants in our LLAMA Webinar 30 May.

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6 entries from June 2018

Shout out to all of you at #alaac18 who attended our Presentation. #in #fbp22 @goRCLS

Thank you everyone for coming to our presentation.

Here's a little GIFt for you - a few visual memories from NOLA (click on it)2018-06-30_ALAAC18_anigif

If you have questions after you receive our NOTES, we will happily assist. Posting them within a week the ALA Conference Sessions Postings site.

 

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GIF pressie. @mrdoob #in #fbp22

A little visual fun.

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Shout Out: @mrdoob

https://mrdoob.com/projects/harmony/

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See you @alaannual June 23! Help your architect understand your library's needs. #ALAAC18 #fbp22 #in

NLLD18_Title_PrsntnWorking full out finishing up our Program for the American Library Association Annual Convention (ALAAC18) in New Orleans - Saturday, 23 June.

 

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small space renovation BIG IMPACT RESULT/ Teen Space @CORPUBLIB @goRCLS #in

CPL NY Coll 2The hard working staff and director at Cornwall Public library in Cornwall, New York last evening officially opened their Teen Space to rave reviews.

The project was done with a minimal budget and LOTS of volunteer time and materials.

It is great to see how much can be done to make a space function well and be warm and welcoming using engaging paint colors and patterns; space defining carpet tiles; well chosen data/electrically connected seating; functional furniture; the occasional piece of mood lighting and oh yes, lots of love for the users!

Well done! CPL NY logo

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A Childhood Book Casts a Long Shadow, A Letter of Thanks. @JFOppenheim #in

A lesson well learned about appreciation and how people's contributions affect us.

This article is directly from  Joanne Oppenheim's blog: (our amazing friend and author)

On the other side of theriver oppenheimWriters of children’s books often get letters from children “by-the-class-full”—letters that teachers have their students write. I always enjoy those, even when I know they were written on assignment.

What we don’t often receive are letters from former children...letters that say a story written decades ago lives on. Last week, I received such a note, an email that should remind us, that the stories shared with children can cast a long shadow. Here is a very special email (shared with the author’s permission): 

I am writing to you about your book, The Other Side of the River.  I remember buying the book when I was 4 or 5 and it quickly became one of my favorites.  The book is exactly what popped into my head this morning when a friend posted this article on facebook:

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-s-visa-changes-are-clawing-famous-crab-town-they-n874041 

Obviously, this situation is not a case of an actual bridge falling down but the basic lesson of how important it is to really think about how we are connected to one another and to have respect and appreciation for others’ contributions – that feels like a lesson I’ve known for so long because of this book.  I ordered a copy today for my almost four-year old son, and I am really looking forward to reading it with him.

 Thanks so much for your work!   

Helene J. Busby                   

Joanne goes on to thank the writer of this lovely letter:

My thanks to Helene! How grand it is to discover that a story published so many decades ago is fondly remembered. Even more, that it still resonates and says something meaningful about our need for each other. Of course, the book is now out of print and only used copies are available. Who knows, maybe it’s time for a reprint in English. Oddly enough, in 2017, Tuttle, a Japanese publisher reprinted the book in Japanese. You never know.

 On the Other Side of the River, was published in 1972 by Franklin Watts. It’s one of those publishing stories that should comfort writers who get rejection letters—in other words, all writers. After submitting the story to several publishers, I put the manuscript away in my desk. A year later, an editor called to ask if the script was still available. She explained that she loved the book when she read it originally, but she was not then in a position to buy it. Now, she had become the senior editor at Franklin Watts and hoped to do the book with the talented and well-known illustrator, Aliki. 

Sadly, my own copies of the book were lost in a fire several years ago and the copy in the photo above was generously sent to me by Aliki. It is a personal treasure.  

Back in 1972, the book was well received in the US and was even far more successful in England, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Japan. Perhaps the theme, the interdependence of people, was more meaningful abroad. 1972 was the year that Nixon visited China and I remember wanting to send him a copy to take along. Children’s books are not supposed to carry heavy messages; that’s what publishers and editors always say. Maybe not, but I think memorable stories are more than entertaining. They also say something to meaningful to our hearts. Like Helene, I believe that the idea of our interdependence is one that we need to share with each other and definitely with our children and grandchildren. 

Thank you for sharing this Joanne. We never know who is thinking of us or the effect we can have on people whom we may never even meet. For our part - we are fortunate to have met you!

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Future Women - excited to go to the #hayliteraturefestival and @BradfordLitFest #in

A group of Bradford pupils visit the Hay Festival  for the first time "as part of an exchange programme with the Bradford Literature Festival" .

They gleefully give their review.

"I'm looking forward to (The Hay Festival) because I'm going to know what is outside of Bradford, going to a different place."

There is hope.

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