Learning Experience


Having had the pleasure of speaking at the Connecticut Library Association’s annual conference on Monday, I know I learned more than I taught. Christy Billings, my partner in crime in the veterans’ writing workshop, and I presented “Reaching Veterans at Your Library: ‘We Were There: Writing Your Military Experience’ ” to about thirty people. Here’s what I learned:

  • The conference is enormous. The parking lot at the Marriott in Groton (for some reason called the Mystic Marriott) has a parking lot that must accommodate 1,000 cars. There were very few left when I arrived this morning.
  • Librarians are an enthusiastic and energetic lot. I caught bits of many conversations about programs, patrons, and technology in the offing. People should take full advantage of these amazing people and their resources.
  • It is possible to compose a gorgeous piece of poetry in seven minutes. With permission of the author, I’ll post it in coming days.
  • There’s another book that includes Anna Louise James. Connecticut Humanities’ Gregg Mangan has just published On This Day in Connecticut History. I’ve added to the reading list.
  • The author of the poem introduced me to Brain Pickings. “The Workhorse and the Butterfly” captivated me immediately.
  • The Marriott thinks a good morning snack is a small cup of molten chocolate but serves really good coffee.

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