@awakenlibrarian It was wonderful meeting you.— John Schu (@MrSchuReads) January 27, 2016
What is even a greater bonus is Mr. Schu graciously gave me a copy of the newly awarded Newberry Medal book, Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt De La Pena with illustrations by Christian Robinson.
Here's some student feedback of the author's purpose from the Last Stop on Market Street:
"The author's purpose was to persuade the reader to be grateful." -Nyla J. (one of my students)
Now all I have to do is attend the Scholastic Reading Summit this summer and have him autograph it! :)
What did I take away from this experience?
Mr. Schu asked us to envision our libraries 10 years from now and what we wanted to see happening. Ten years from now, I want the students that I shared the love of books with to say, "Remember Duchess, our crazy librarian that taught us to read well so we can touch our dreams? I wonder how proud she'd be that I'm ______." Whatever fills that blank make sure your light shines bright! Whether it's you learned to be a coder because of the Scratch Jr. lesson, or if you decided to be an illustrator like Miss Nessa or Dan Santat (remember Beekle?), I want you to never stop achieving. What started ten years ago at 10 years old can be something phenomenal if you just keep trying...even when the doors are closed. Either knock softly, bang hard or find another door! But never stop trying...because I don't! The force will always be with you! :) A little Star Wars for you!