Recharging Creativity by Ms. Leslie

Last week some of the Children’s Librarian’s attended CLA, Connecticut Library Association’s annual meeting. Groups of librarians from all over the state meet each year to talk about what’s new in the library world and “recharge our creativity.” We previewed some new Children’s books – everything from a new Sandra Boynton book about bunnies to a new series about a young Harry Houdini. The day included seminars about the Common Core State Standards for Connecticut, an exhibit hall full of the latest developments in library technology, supplies, programs and products, and even a reading Yorkie dog named Gummy Bear!
Our library was awarded a coveted 2014 CLA publicity award and we presented one of our brand new programs – “Skype a Docent” – live museum tours via Skype with questions and answers on the spot.

We also exchanged ideas for fun storytimes, programs and Makerspace ideas for kids. Other librarians learned about I Spy Workshops, Scratch programming and video games. I feel very inspired and I’m ready to create some fun programs this summer where we are not afraid to make a mess, use technology and engage our patrons! Check out this Rights for Libraries that we all signed!

Our Summer Calendar should be out at the end of the month as we gear up for Family Reads and Summer Reading!


I’m a Boston girl through and through! I love steampunk… in fact, I had a steampunk wedding. I love Victorian Gothic novels and am currently writing a middle grade novel titled Claudette and the Bibliotheque! I have an MA in Children's Literature and an MS in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston. I do not read anything but books for children and young adults. Ever.

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