After almost two years of planning, lots of emails and brainstorming, and a whirlwind weekend of amazing scholarship in my favorite city... ChLA 16 is officially in the books. I had so much fun attending lunch groups (job searches and fandom studies) and chaired a panel on girlhood and female bodies. I met lots of amazing people and can't wait for ChLA 17 in Tampa next year!
I recently was invited to participate in a multi-school, multi-age service project in which we created artwork that was offered in exchange for monetary or supply donations to benefit Flint, Michigan. I've been working at a preschool this year, so I enlisted the help of our art teacher and principal and we ended up with a project that spanned two local schools and children ages 16 months to middle school collaborating on the final art pieces. It was a really great experience to see all of our students coming together to work on this project, and really rewarding to hear even the very young students talk about water as a human right and our responsibility as stewards to our local and neighboring communities.
As part of my work on YALSA's Research Committee, I wrote a blog post for our series titled "Teen Research Trending." Check it out by clicking the image below!