Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Playing Catch Up...

December has come & gone. Yet I can't quite let it pass without mentioning a fantastic author visit that occurred last month.

The lovely Mitali Perkins visited Flushing Library for a homecoming of sorts.

As a child she frequented this library each Saturday to borrow seven books (the limit at the time). She fondly remembers the library as a welcome, safe place as she adjusted to life in America, describing the librarians she met there as "her heroes." Currently living in Boston (and around the world in the interim), she is certainly an honorary author of Queens!

Ms. Perkins stayed all day to participate in two events. In the morning she joined a professional development workshop for children's and young adult librarians which included a book discussion of her titles along with a presentation on critically examining culture and diversity in literature for youth.

In the afternoon she led a writing workshop for young adults where the lucky participants received a signed copy of her latest book, Bamboo People. Held in the recently renovated teen space, I love the chalkboard paint on the wall used to promote events.

I also enjoyed the informal, adaptable and cozy set up of their room: old school booths and a couch facing a large flat screen tv that easily hosts gaming programs, movie days, as well as Powerpoint presentations such as the one Mitali led. The light fixture hanging over each booth doubles as a speaker for music!

The stacks are further beyond the seating.

All in all, an inspirational day in a beautiful space!