Though we are still finessing the exact date and time, I wanted to give Bay Area locals the heads up that the live Mock Election will be taking place in Oakland on MLK Jr Day weekend, a week ahead of the actual announcements.
We’ll be doing online rounds of voting/discussion in the first weeks of January, and if anyone wants to suggest modifications to our trial run from last year, now is the time!
And we like to start watching and sharing the work of the other Mock Newbery groups out there with online presences. If any of you are lurking here, time to announce yourselves in the comments below, and we’ll make sure to mention your progress.
Finally, I just wanted to share with you the view out the 2nd floor window of my library from this past Tuesday afternoon, around 4pm. This was the re-assembly point for the Occupiers whose camps had been literally overturned 12 hours previous. You’ve all have seen scenes of how the downtown looked later that night, but that afternoon’s demonstration in front of the library was peaceful, and I feel both humbled and proud to work for an institution that is seen as a place for people to come together when they most need one. The Occupy events have certainly been occupying my energy this week. But late last night I finally sat down to read the bulk of A MONSTER CALLS. And it just reminded me, physically, emotionally, of what a well-written story can do for a reader…creating a reality apart from but interwined with one’s own, one that exists with the reader in spirit, lending power, whether visible or invisible to others. Thank you writers. We need you, now and forever.