Slice of Life: Nerdy Party

It appears as thought all my slices this week will be reflections from the Michigan Reading Association’s annual conference.

Four years ago I attended the conference with no friends. After a session ended, I popped in my earbuds and listened to rap music as I headed to my next session. I didn’t talk to anyone the entire conference.

Photo credit: Laurie Keller

Sharp-Jonker-Schu      Photo credit: Laurie Keller

It is amazing how much things have changed. At this year’s conference I got chatted with friends the entire weekend. One of the highlights of the weekend was the Nerdy party Saturday night. I’m not going to name drop all of the wonderful people that were at the dinner. Our Nerdy community has grown so much in the last few years. It boggles my mind.  You will be hard pressed to find a dinner with as many influential people in the world of kid lit as we had at this gathering.

I learned a lot a few years ago when I attended MRA alone, but I learned so much more this past weekend when I attended the conference with so many dear friends.

If you haven’t written a post for Nerdy Book Club I challenge you to do so. Reading the blog is sort of like attending a conference with earbuds. You’ll get something out of it, but when you write a post you become a part of this community that will give you more than you could ever imagine.

Be Nerdy.

5 Comments
  1. I’m enjoying your conference highlights as slices! I stumbled upon Nerdy over a year ago and have been so excited to confirm that I’m not the only nerdy out there. Nerdy challenge accepted!

  2. I had a similar experience recently. I attended an NCTE conference for the first time, on my own. I was prepared to be alone, but I ran into people I knew and got to know others. It made a good conference great.

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