Saturday, July 13, 2013

Dinner with Jackie (ALA - Chicago)

Before leaving for Chicago and the 2013 ALA convention we made plans to gather a few librarians/book friends to celebrate the forthcoming book Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table (Readers to Eaters, 2013).  In preparation - a favors, we made miniature boxes featuring the new book and a few of other titles she has had published.  Inside were some growing seeds and a brochure to introduce Farmer Will Allen to those at the dinner.  If you wish to create these boxes (to use as a jackdaw container, a favor with planting seeds, snacks during story hour, literary artifact) - here's a template for the box. (pdf file)  If you would like to invite Jackie to your school or library please contact McBookwords.

Dinner with Jackie at the Tavern at the Park --
On the first night in Chicago at the American Library Association's conference, and from my window at the Hilton Chicago (25th floor), the sky is dimming as the sail boats find their way along the river.  By the time I was ready to leave for dinner with Jackie (Jacqueline Briggs Martin) the windows were streaked with rain.

But there are taxis on Michigan Avenue right outside of the Hilton, so I grabbed one and headed to the Tavern at the Park to meet 8 other librarians and Jacqueline Briggs Martin.

The atmosphere at the Tavern at the Park was excellent. The waiter, Nicholas, was very accommodating, and service was efficient and non-intrusive.
I had Steak Diane and it was delicious, tender and very very good.   I asked the waiter to substitute a baked potato for the whipped potatoes and the entree was superb.
Dr. Linda M. Waskow, a library media
technology specialist from Beaufort SC and
Jacqueline Briggs Martin.
Philip Lee, publisher of Jackie's newest book, Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table (Readers to Eaters, 2013) generously sent along copies of the book for each of us attending the dinner.
Each of us was able to get our book autographed by Jackie.

A few pictures.

BTW GREAT FOOD - Check out the Tavern at the Park.  Their menu is on the web
Jean Gerlach and Jacqueline Briggs Martin with Farmer
Will Allen and the Growing Table.

Jean Gerlach has been a school librarian in such places as the St. Maur International
School in Yokohama (Japan), in New York (Orange-Ulster Boces), and in Stuttgart, Germany.  Her passion is promoting Peace.  She has a snow machine that comes into play when Jacqueline Briggs Martin's Snowflake Bentley and the study of snowflakes is in the curriculum.  We would love to see pictures of the snow machine.

Jackie and one of the first copies of Farmer
Will Allen and the Growing Table
(Readers to Eaters, 2013).

Check out information about this new book by following the links on Jackie's website at
Susan Grigsby and Diane Cordell, educational consultant,
and teacher librarian emeritus from Queensbury, NY

Linda Martin and Jenny Schwartzberg prepare to order.
Susan Grigsby is a passionate advocate for libraries, the freedom to read, and for strong library programs in pubic schools. She was the 2011 Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year.  Each summer she puts together the state library association's 2-day professional conference for Georgia's school librarians.

Diane Cordell is a teacher librarian, emeritus, and currently works on special projects for the CyberSmart Educational Company.  On Cybersmart's website at she is described as the "Chief Cyber Smarty."
Jean Gerlach and Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Barb Langridge, Founder of ABookandaHug.Com
and Dr. Linda M. Waskow.

Linda Martin was School Librarian of the yar for Georgia in 2007, and is a sought after storyteller - having performed from New York to Hawaii.  She is currently an ALA Councilor.  Besides being very interested in the art of storytelling, she makes jewelry and plays around with her ukulele.

Lyn Miller-Lachmann is an author in her own right.  She was editor-in-chief of Multicultural Review for 16 years and more recently is a author of resources for educators and of young adult fiction.  Her young adult novel Gringolantia (2009) was a 2010 ALA Best Book for Young Adults and given an Americans Award Honorable mention from the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs.  Her most recent novel, Rogue (2013; A Junior Library Guild selection) portrays an eighth grader with undiagnosed Asperger's syndrome and an X-men obsession.  Miller-Lachmann also hosts a bilingual program on WRPI-FM and teaches 7th graders (part-time).

Barb Langridge is passionate about exciting young learners to read.  She maintains a website at where she shares book recommendations, and she regularly interviews authors for her area television station.  Those videos are accessible on the site.
She truly believes books make magic.

Dr. Linda M Waskow is from Beaufort, SC where she is an information specialist in Beaufort Elementary School.  She maintains a blog at where she occasionally posts her thoughts on kids and technology -- and books.

Diane Cordell and Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Jacqueline Briggs Martin - Autographing
a copy of Snowflake Bentley

Jacqueline Briggs Martin - autographing an advanced
copy of her soon-to-be released book -
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table for Linda Martin.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Linda Martin -- wish
I knew what the joke was.  #9
Susan Grigsby and Jacqueline Briggs Martin as Jackie
prepares to autograph a copy of Jackie's 1998 book,
Snowflake Bentley.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin and author Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Lyn Miller-Lachmann, who is rarely seen in anything but a t-shirt, hoodie, and jeans, dressed up for this special event.
 The evening was indeed a special event, we all had great conversation, stories to tell, books to be signed, and many good laughs and certainly a good time.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin autographing her Farmer Will Allen
and the Growing Table
for Jenny Schwartzberg -
Gift Specialist and Collection Development Assistant
at Newberry Library

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