October 21, 2006
I attended Something Wicked His Way Comes: The Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival at the Genesee Theatre (http://www.geneseetheatre.com/) in Waukegan, Illinois. Waukegan Public Library (http://www.waukeganpl.org/) sponsored and produced this wonderful event in honor of Ray Bradbury who was born and raised in Waukegan. The program included four storytellers who performed chapters from Bradbury’s book, Dandelion Wine and from several of his 600 short stories for three hours. In film clips, Bradbury (now 86 years old) shared his thoughts and some stories from his youth that influenced his writings.
The ICE COLD Chapter of the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) (www.iceberg.org) offered a half-day conference in Lisle, Illinois where I attended workshops on blogging, Photostory3, and the Web 2.0. The presenters were library media specialists from schools in western Chicago suburbs and Glenda Bequette (firstname.lastname@example.org) from the Illinois State Board of Education. This organization’s mission is “to provide support to computer-using professionals involved in education.” The conference was a safe environment for teachers to learn about and use current technology. As one speaker pointed out, “Even recent college graduates enter the school systems as teachers knowing only how to email and to use word processing.”
I mention both experiences because although they are very different in nature, each is related to the field of library science. Both are excellent examples of what libraries and librarians are offering to our communities. We need to take advantage of these resources and share this information with our library users. Not only did I learned a tremendous amount with each experience, I had a wonderful time.