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Dublin, Ohio. For all the years in which I have been blogging, or following Tweets and Twitter chats, I have known this to be true:some of the smartest, nicest, and loveliest teachers all just happen to teach in Dublin, Ohio. For so many years now, I’ve been hearing about the Dublin Literacy Conference, and scheming of a way to get there…even if the conference falls in February, when the snow is known to be knee high. And on Saturday, all that scheming with my good friend Lori Carter paid off…and there we were, in Dublin, Ohio.
It was a perfect day. We went from session to session, being inspired, and affirmed. We learned, learned, learned. And in between sessions, we talked, hugged, and talked some more.
In the evening, we stopped at a bookstore on the way to dinner. Not just any book store, by the way, but a book store that requires an entire house (a charming old house, at that) for a collection like this:
It was a jewel of a bookstore, twinkling magically on that balmy February evening:
and, friends inside beckoned us in:
(can you spot TWO amazing Dublin teachers in the picture above?!)
But, the BEST part was meeting inside – the picture books and YA section, of course – to rhapsodize over books… We had such wonderful conversations about books: the ones our kids love, the ones we love sharing with them, new ones we’ve discovered, and old ones we will never let go. We meandered through stacks of beautifully displayed books, pausing to share stories from our classrooms, stories of the children we teach.
Books, stories, teaching, and children. The stuff of our lives…and the stuff of a slice of our lives.