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Activities, Awards and Author
09/18/2015

Julius Pañares

I am really excited about the upcoming October 3rd day-long event.  I get to choose between learning about MakerSpaces or ideas on becoming an author, and as a bonus I get a tour of the Columbus School for Girls Beaton Library and one of the most innovative branches of the Columbus Public Library.  But more than any of those things I am excited about the items to be presented at our annual meeting.

 We need to be a viable, powerful organization that supports us as we do our best job every day at school.  In order for that to occur, we need to have our membership present and attentive at this meeting so we all listen, learn, and approve necessary changes to continue to be the organization we deserve.   We need to speak if we have concerns, praise if we are in agreement, and we need to support our OELMA Board as they work hard for us.  After which I get to applaud members of our OELMA organization as they receive awards, I love to support our own. 

Finally, I get to hear an amazing young award-winning author!  I don’t know about you, but students like Maya keep me going to work with a smile every day.   In her book she devotes countless paragraphs to her school library and her school librarian, which is one of the many reasons we selected her. “Our librarian, Ms. Corbeil, is one of a kind.  She welcomes all Social Outcasts and talks to us like we’re adults and worthy of her attention, something many of us don’t get very often.” (Vanwagenen, p.25)

This will be a wonderful day!  I plan to be there for the entire day enjoying every minute; I hope you will be, too.  But if you can’t make it all day, at least take the time to attend our annual meeting and stay for the amazing young author!  You will be glad you did.

https://www.oelma.org/events/2015-author-and-awards-evening.  Deadline to register is September25, 2015 and seating is limited.  If you live in the Columbus area, be sure to encourage your students to attend Maya’s event.