Wow, tomorrow is March 1st, and the conference is only 16 days away – where did this last year go? I’ve had so much fun with the planning and the details, and the READING that I fear the anticlimactic letdown that is sure to follow the end of the conference. But I am SO looking forward to this!
A couple of updates and important notes for conference-goers: please make sure you do not keep your room key next to your cell phone. Doing so may demagnetize your room key and you will end up going back to the front desk to get it rekeyed. Not fun, especially late at night when all you want to do is crawl into your motel room and drop.
BIG NEWS: Our own Steven Layne and Bill Teale, both from Illinois, were elected to the International Reading Association Board of Directors! We are so proud of them, and they will represent Illinois as the wonderful hotbed of cutting-edge literacy instruction that we all know it to be. Congratulations to them both!
PLEASE check out the schedule of events for the conference – I’ve changed a few things around this year so that there will be fewer conflicts with the afternoon and evening events. I realized this after talking with someone yesterday who had already made her choice between the Poetry Coffeehouse and the Literacy Cabaret. She had not checked the Preliminary Program, but instead just assumed that certain events would be held at the same time that they had been held in previous years. Glad we had that talk, so she now knows she can come to both!
I went to the Lincoln Library in Springfield today and read 13 more books. I didn’t get there last week but the week before I did, and I read 18 books that day and 28 books on a day prior to that. So that’s 59 more books I knocked out, and I believe that’s on top of 56 others I had already done, but I have to do a closer count to be sure. I’m learning some new words, too! I’ll write about a few of the books later in the week, hopefully tomorrow.