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2019 CLEL Conference Reflection

This is the second in a series of blog posts contributed by CLEL's 2020 conference scholarship recipients. I was particularly eager to attend the 2019 CLEL Conference because I’d heard about Reach Out and Read last year and was quite excited when I found out that Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin, would deliver the keynote address. Listening to Dr. Navsaria, I found myself nodding along to many of his comments (yep, bowties are cool!) and even nerding out a bit once I realized that we both attended U of I for children’s librarianship (that audible squeal from the back of the room? Yeah, that was me.). Dr. Navsaria talked about the unfortunate na

The Best-laid Plans

This is the first in a series of blog posts contributed by scholarship recipients to CLEL 2020. When poet Robert Burns observed that “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” he was on a farm in Scotland, not a library in Colorado. As many librarians can attest, however, those words penned in 1785 are still just as relevant in a contemporary setting. At a recent CLEL session filled with confessions, laughter, and lessons, Englewood librarians Megan Kennedy and Kimberly Powers stressed that despite our good intentions, things can and will go wrong. Fortunately, we all can learn from both our successes and our failures. The librarians’ memorable missteps at their own programs in sub

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