On September 27, elementary library media assistants (LMAs) attended the Educators Night at the children's bookstore Hicklebee's. Fantastic new books were highlighted and to their surprise, some of the authors themselves attended. Author Mac Barnett read aloud to a room full of eager educators happy to hear a story by one of their favorite writers. Author Rosemary Wells shared stories about her own children that inspired her character creations, Ruby and Max. Chapter books, non-fiction picture books, and biographies about young activists were also touched on.
While not all the LMAs were able to attend, the ones who did will take the anecdotes, books, and lessons to one of the upcoming monthly collaboration meetings where further discussion and ideas will be shared. The 18 district LMAs consider themselves a team with one common goal — encourage the love of reading in young students.
“We support each other by sharing ideas, books, and lessons,” said Washington Open LMA Anna Welsh. “We recognize this inspires and motivates all levels of readers at each of our elementary sites and makes our job so rewarding.”