Several items of interest to children’s literature enthusiasts at this year’s conference. Tuesday at 10am Kini Piper and Ella Martin tell us how their “Baby Rock and Rhyme” CD came about – a response to requests from the library community and using the talents and skills available within the library.

Also on Tuesday at 2pm there is a choice between Bill Nagelkerke talking about the Hans Christian Andersen award and his involvement, and John McIntyre talking about how to sell books to readers, whether you are a librarian or bookseller. Both are passionate about children’s books and are interesting speakers, so this will be a tough choice.

On Wednesday at 11:15am Loriene Roy from the University of Texas at Austin presents what looks like a very interesting session on 2 events the National Indigenous Library used to support indigenous communities. The first was providing kits to libraries that linked with a documentary television series. Events were also organised using these kits and around the documentaries. The second initiative is the Support Teen Literature Day which plans to donate thousands of young adult books to teenagers at Tribal or Native schools around America. Support Teen Literature Day occurs during National Library week. It started in 2007 with the theme of “LOL @ your library”. In 2008 and 2009 nearly 20,000 books were donated to teenagers in hospitals in the US. In 2010 the theme is “If I can read, I can do anything”.

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