Are you headed to the 2014 PLA Conference in Indianapolis this week? If so, and you want to meet, share, and learn with some other Storytime Underground folks, you’ve got at least two opportunities:
The #pla2014 Storytime Underground Meetup
Join fellow storytime ninjas & guerrillas on Thursday, March 13 from 12:15-1:30 p.m. for lunch. The meet up will happen at The Landing on Maryland Food Court in the conference center (that way no one’s plans to attend sessions are disrupted).
As per the conference center website, “The Landing on Maryland Food Court is centrally located outside Exhibit Halls A-D and features four themed concepts: Espresso Caffé™, Indiana Grille™, Pizza™ and American Delicatessen™. This variety, along with a seating area, gives attendees a great place to enjoy lunch, visit with others or to just sit and relax.”
I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to spot the SU-ers in the food court, as we tend to form an excited mini-mob whenever more than three of us are in the same place.
Guerrilla Storytime: Training and Advocacy for Storytime Professionals
You may have heard about Guerrilla Storytime; now’s your chance to see and participate in one live! Guerrilla Storytime will take place on Saturday, March 15, from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Indiana Convention Center Room 102. This ConverStation was proposed by the effervescent Brooke Rasche, and conference organizers had the good sense to accept her proposal. I’ll be there to assist in the session as well.
The official session description reads as follows: “What do you do when a parent answers their cell phone in storytime? Join us as we tackle this problem and more at Guerrilla Storytime! We will introduce the training and advocacy potential of Guerrilla Storytime before sharing storytime tips and tricks, then we’ll open the floor with some great challenges for you to try. Whether you have questions, or just want to meet storytime colleagues and learn new techniques, all are welcome!”
If you attend, it’s a pretty sure bet that you’ll leave having witnessed a) the rich potential of sharing-based trainings, and b) some pretty amazing storytime skills straight from the mouths & experience of storytime practitioners like you. Come regardless of whether you want to participate or just observe.
**Other members of the Storytime Underground community will be presenting sessions, too, and I hope that they’ll add details in the comments so every #pla2014 attendee has a good idea of the options available to them.**
Happy conferencing, everyone!