The Keynote Speaker was author, Sharon Creech and I was lucky enough to attend her small group session as well. Sharon is the Newberry Award Winning author of Walk Two Moons and has written many amazing books (including former DCF winner Love That Dog)
I got creative in the afternoon workshop "Reduce Reuse Recycle Re-Tell", by reusing a variety of materials to create a work of art based on a DCF book. The talented and creative, Tina Logan led the workshop and encouraged and inspired us! (I made a "sun catcher" inspired by the art of Alexander Calder and the book on next year's DCF list Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin.) I won't have my art displayed in the library, but I have been inspired to include this activity and creation during our Summer Reading Program, so you can look forward to that!
The Endnote Speaker was Vermont Author Tanya Lee Stone. (her book Sandy's Circus was a Red Clover nominee this year.) She talked us through her process of writing non-fiction for children and shared some of her incredible stories of experiences she's had because of research she's done for her books. Her new book The Good, The Bad and the Barbie just went to press, so we'll be looking forward to reading about the history and influences of Barbie Dolls on American culture!
Thanks to the DCF Committee, the Friends of DCF and the sponsors of this Conference for the inspiring speakers and workshop presenters. A great way to spend a Friday.