Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Neener, Neener

I am in Ohio and you are not. I am so sorry for you. Okay, so librarian Bill Prosser and his colleague in literary crimes, Joyce Christman, were waiting for me at the wrong terminal. Okay, so the zipper on my carry-on bag broke and I couldn't open it to get to my cell phone to call them. We met up mid-escalator and all was well. Okay so we went to the wrong hotel first. But I finally found my room and, bearing a box of cookies presented by Bill and Joyce, I settled in for the night. 
What could be inside?
Cookies! Ohio State cookies!

Here is one thing I love about Bill Prosser: he picked me up at the hotel at 8 am this morning and drove me straight to Starbucks! Photo to follow but the man has hundreds of used Starbucks gift cards festooning his library. 

I didn't tell Bill right off but I was stressed about meeting the first group of kids which ranged from pre-K to 2nd graders. I have NEVER spoken to pre-Ks before!!! Guess what: if you are going to speak to pre-Ks for the very first time, make sure they are the pre-Ks at Bailey Elementary. The first presentation was awesome!! And so was presentation 2 and presentation 3. At least from my viewpoint. Bill and the staff had thoroughly prepared the kids for my visit, down to properly intoning "Winston the Wonder Dog." (I will have to capture this magic on camera tomorrow.)
Look at how Delaney had marked up her book!
The day is a bit of a blur. . .I was jet-lagged after all. But I remember looking out at rapt faces and I remember answering thoughtful questions and signing tons and tons of books. All in the inspiring setting of the Phillip Niemi Library.
This mural is wildly inspiring!





Take my advice: if you ever, ever get invited by Bill Prosser to visit his school, say yes. Yes! And I'm not saying that just because of the killer Snickerdoodles homemade by PTO parent Amy and because of the amazing dinner at Amy's house this evening. The lovely dinner to which Joyce and I arrived late because she graciously took me shopping for a replacement carry-on bag.

My new carry-on-- thank you, Joyce Christman for taking me shopping. . .

. . .to Walmart for this $12 prize with zipper that works!
I wish more than anything that every kid could be part of a community like Bailey where the staff gives their all every day while having a darned good time doing it. 
Visitors from Ashland, Ohio --including (far right) Bill Prosser's big sis, Martha
Martha, me and Bill -- you missed the hilarity as we posed this pic-- I didn't realize I was supposed to be in it!

I am moved by my time here. And if you have any doubts about the power of public education to make a difference in a kid's life, just spend a day here. Lives are being changed. Future leaders are being formed. Children are being loved for exactly who they are.

Wow. What is day 2 going to bring???**


**(lunch with the Newbery Club, for one thing!)

6 comments:

  1. Hi Mrs. Larson!

    I am one of the fifth grade students in Newbery Club at Bailey Elemantary, and my teacher, Mrs. Caplin showed the class your blog. I think that it is wonderful how you wrote all about your adventures in Ohio. I think that you aren't only an author, you are also a photo journalist, just lie our pricipal Mrs. Ogden used to be.

    I am intrigued in Hattie Big sky and I never want to put it down. I was wondering how you came to think of the extremely cute character, Mattie, and the 8 year old in shiny armor, and avid reader Chase. It seems like such characters would be inspired by your kids or other family members. Is that true?

    I hope you had fun in Dublin and you enjoy the rest of your trip in Ohio!!!!

    -Meredith A.
    Newbery Club Member and Bailey Elementary Student

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  2. Hi Mrs. Larson!

    This is Meredith, one of the students in Newbery Club at Bailey Elementary. My teacher, Mrs. Caplin showed the class you fabulous blog and I think that it is AMAZING.

    Mrs. Caplin and Mrs. Christman both say that I am a wonderful writer. Thier opinions of my witing have inspired me, so I would like to become a published author, someday. Do you have any advice for me?

    I hope that you enjoyed your visit to Dublin, andn that you enjoy the rest of your trip in Ohio.

    Sincerely,
    Meredith A.
    5th Grade Newbery Club member and Bailey Elementary student

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  3. Hi Mrs. Larson!

    This is Meredith, one of the students in Newbery Club at Bailey elementary. My teacher, Mrs. caplin showed the class you fabulous blog and I think that it is AMAZING. Mrs. Caplin and Mrs. Christman (my other techer) both say that I am a wonderful writer. Thier opinions of my witing have inspired me, so I would like to become a published author, someday. Do you have any advice for me?

    I hope that you enjoyed your visit to Dublin, andn that you enjoy the rest of your trip in Ohio.

    Sincerely,
    Meredith A.
    5th Grade Newbery Club member and Bailey Elementary student

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  4. Thanks for visiting BES and sharing such wonderful stories especially our dinner conversations.

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  5. Thank you for inspiring my young 2nd grade writers! It was fabulous for someone other than me to tell them that story writing doesn't occur in one day. They keep asking if I will make them do it 21 times! I love it!
    Mrs. Guerin

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  6. I hope you had fun in Ohio :)

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