Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Texas Library Association Conference Wrap-up

Texas Library Association Conference Wrap-up

The Texas Library Association (TLA) Conference has come and gone for another year. Gone are the glorious books, the smiling librarians, the dynamic speakers (Librarians, authors, illustrators, teachers) and the buses of teens. But what we're left with are: new friends, new books and new inspiration to bring our stories into the hearts of kids. See you in Houston in 2012 for next year's conference!

 A big thank you to Austin SCBWI Regional Advisor Debbie Gonzales who coordinated the efforts needed for the TLA conference booth. She designed the booth to represent the heart and charm of the great State of Texas and it was widely received by everyone who stopped by. We put over 1,000 catalogs (ads of authors and illustrators who offer school visits) into the hands of librarians. Gave away packages of books to librarians who entered our free draws and made contact with authors and illustrators who want to be a part of next year's catalog which will be hosted by the Houston SCBWI chapter.

Here are a few pictures highlighting the many volunteers who manned the booth. It was another great effort by the Texas SCBWI chapters who sponsored the booth. Thanks, everyone!!

Austin Illustrator Chair Mark G. Mitchell, RA Debbie Gonzales and Austin SCBWI author Shelli Cornelison. Doesn't our booth look inviting?

Me and author Janet Fox . Janet was signing advanced reader copies for her latest novel FORGIVEN (Speak, June 2011) while visiting TLA.

Authors Janet Fox, Jo Whittemore, Donna Bowman Bratton and Bethany Hegedus.

 Me and author Donna Bowman Bratton.

Mother Goose and Mark G. Mitchell outside of the Austin Convention Center.

Authors Donna Bowman BrattonJo Whittemore, Emma VirjanJessica Lee Anderson andJeanette Larson at one of the TLA conference schmoozes.

Authors Jessica Lee AndersonJo Whittemore and PJ Hoover, some of the Texas Sweethearts and Scoundrels, speaking on a panel at TLA.

Author Phil Bildner and librarian Emily Gardner posing for a picture after speaking on a panel.

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