Things really got rockin by the time the America’s Best Booktalkers were up for their performances. A cover song from Leona Lewis’ Bleeding Love to introduce Ophelia by Lisa Klein to a description of Stargirl so good we knew who she was before the booktalker revealed the title. Chris Shoemaker was the fantastic Emcee for the event. A democratic vote took place via Twitter and the winner was’  . . .Jack Martin for booktalking Freak Show by James St. James

Jack wowed the audience with his natural flare for presenting and engaging everyone.

The videos of the brave and beautiful booktalkers can be viewed on Blip TV. Thank you all that participated-it was truly enjoyable to watch!

Lisa Lindsay with the Fresno County Public Library put a lot of time and work into organizing this event. The booktalking was only one of many activities at the playground. To see everything that participants got to take part in see the YALSA wiki. It’s not too late to add your thoughts about attending (or not attending)’  via a Tech Playground survey.

I was at the table demonstrating the Flip Video camera (not as an expert but as someone that had used it before).’  I talked to a lot of people that owned a camera as well as some that did not. While I certainly can’t speak for them, I really enjoyed the people that were brave enough to borrow a camera and ask strangers questions. I didn’t feel that anyone was a stranger by the time they left my table, thanks to the technology and the willingness of the participants to try it out!

Video shot by a gentleman that practiced using the camera and was interviewing someone on how it worked is below.

I enjoyed seeing people use the technology and ask questions in what felt to me like a safe place to explore and learn. If you attended, I hope you have time to fill out the brief survey to let the planners know if there is anything that can be improved. If you want to share a comment about your experience you can do so.

In case you missed the Mixer (try saying that 10 times fast), you can find out about the gadgets that were there in the virtual world of Second Life.

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.

One Thought on “YALSA Mixer & Tech Playground

  1. TRMite on January 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm said:

    So Jack has made me want to read Freak Show a second time! Such a fun one to booktalk! Just a reminder that folks can get all of the content from the handouts as well by going to the wiki ( Thanks to all who helped make this night so much fun!

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