Belated NELA Pics

Hello fellow children’s librarians,

This past October, I was lucky to be able to attend the NELA Annual Conference in beautiful Portland, ME.  One of the best parts of the conference was getting to see Portland’s gorgeous library and their amazing Maurice Sendak exhibit, as well as the city’s bookmobile service! Here are some photos to share for those who weren’t able to see.

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This gorgeous mural and much more of Sendak’s artwork was painted on the walls:
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Here’s a small sampling of some of the artwork on display, which included not only work from his children’s illustrations, but his theatrical designs, and even drawings from a high school Shakespeare project.

I’m a bit of a wild thing, so I couldn’t help myself.



The NERTCL Luncheon hosted author/illustrator Melissa Sweet, who is one of my favorites, so I was excited she wasn’t camera shy.
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And here’s a visit to the Portland Public Library’s bookmobile (one of them, anyway!)
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They had a huge selection, mostly of popular books and movies.  I spoke to the staff, who were very enthusiastic to talk up the service.  They reported that they serve a wide variety of ages, including school kids, families, and the elderly.  While they keep most popular stuff shelved, they also take their “regulars” into account and stock up on their favorites too.  They pack a lot of materials into one van!  The service desk, as you can see, is right behind the driver and passenger seats, for easy “swivel” access!  It was a highlight of the trip.
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Thanks for reading!
– Liz, Merrimack Public Library



4 Responses to “Belated NELA Pics”

  1. Ann Hoey says:

    Thanks for sharing these great pictures, Liz. Portland PL looks like a real treasure! Ann Hoey, NHSL

  2. These are wonderful. I would have loved to see the Sendak art. Now I know how much I missed besides the conference. Thanks for sharing! Marcia Strykowski, Hampstead Public Library

  3. Amber says:

    Great pictures!
    That Sendak exhibit was gorgeous and fascinating. It is still in New England if anyone wants to make a road trip. It is at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain CT until February 9th.

  4. Kristin Readel says:

    AWESOME pics and modeling, Liz. Really love the exhibit pics as I didnt make it.

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