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Last week, I went to Tech Day hosted by our local consortium. I heard about some interesting tools that you can use in your library but I think my favorite is this one.

It’s available from xtranormal.com. All you do is type up a script and it films and creates the video for you. I think it could be used in so many cool ways. I’m working on one to promote my September teen program. They are going to be creating a Teen Read Week video using our Flip camera.


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I had such good intentions when I left for PLA…I had a master plan about how I was going to blog everyday about the total librarian awesomeness that I was experiencing.  Except instead, when I got free time, I did all of this…

It’s almost too pretty to drink, but I did it anyway!  This incredibly beautiful and delicious latte came from the very talented barista at Barista!

And, conveniently located on the next corner was, the Knit Knot Studio, which I read about in the very awesome travel book, Secret Portland.  It was adorable and I got some very lovely sock yarn.

The hubby and I also found some time to check out the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, which we missed last time we were in town.  Obviously it was lovely.

Thursday evening we checked out the YALSA Happy Hour (where I did not win a copy of Cool Teen Programs for Under $100 even though my husband tried to bribe someone on my behalf) and wouldn’t you know that Voodoo Doughnut was right around the corner.  It was sort of amazing.  My new librarian friend, Suzanne (a youth services librarian from the Moresville Public Library in Indiana) had the Voodoo Doll Doughnut complete with a pretzel stake through the heart and raspberry filling for blood.  I had an Old Dirty Bastard, which included chocolate frosting, crumbled oreos, and peanut butter.  YUM.

And of course, we spent about 3 decades at Powell’s.  We also spent about $300.  Oops.  🙂

Okay, for reals though…I learned A LOT.  I got to go to 2 preconferences–one on advocating for teens and the other on gaming and gaming programs.  I have big plans for a couple of summer tournaments, so that one was super helpful.  I was also inspired by what the Wilmette Public Library is doing with Scratch, how the Orange County Public Libraries are dealing with their after-school crowds, and the great projects that the Chelsea District Library has for its teen volunteers.

I’m still working on processing a lot of this stuff, getting my notes typed up and organized, and figuring out how I can implement all that I learned at my library.  So, never fear!  There will be lots more to come regarding PLA.  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this video clip from my session on Cool Teen Programs for Under $100…

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