Who will be minding the store?
On Tuesday next week, seven of us from Curtis will be flying out to Denver, courtesy of the Friends of Curtis Library, for our Public Library Association’s biennial national conference. We’re all leaving from Portland but somehow one of us will be connecting in Chicago, two in New York, another in Atlanta and three of us will spend five hours of quality time in Newark. Go Priceline!
The conference is an opportunity to network among thousands of public librarians. We go to seminars, share information, get ideas for programs, hear authors speak, parry with vendors (rule # 1 is don’t make eye contact), take home some swag. A number of us who lead book discussion groups will be going to workshops for better book groups. We’ll take notes! We’ll be listening to speakers such as poets Nikki Giovanni and Sherman Alexie, food writer Ruth Reichl, journalist Anderson Cooper (who, this week, told Donald Trump that “I didn’t start it” was “the argument of a 5-year-old.”) and Reclaiming Conversation‘s Sherry Turkle. I count myself among the legion of geeks (aka, sentient human beings) who greatly admire these people. We’ll be honing skills, reclaiming perspective, and dipping into the great well of shared passions. In short, we go to be reminded why we took what are, arguably, the best jobs in Maine.
The library is a place for stories. We create and recount or shelve and stack and catalog them every day. We’ll bring back our stories from PLA-Denver (along with some swag) to merge with your own and those on the library shelves. You’ll read some in coming blogs. All of us contribute to the treasure trove of stories that is Curtis Library.