The Mayor Daley's Book Club Spring Conference was held on Saturday, May 15th.
This annual conference is sponsored by the Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information Services and is the culminating event of the year for participating book club members in grades 7th -12th.
Middle and high school book club students hear greetings from Mayor Daley, special guests and attend literacy and career oriented workshops lead by nationally known speakers, authors, artists and corporate professionals. The highlight of the day was the High School Battle of the Books Competition where three high schools competed for the citywide championship trophy (Whitney Young High School was the winner). This year, the DiscoPoet - Khari B. served as the Master's of Ceremonies. Authors Allan Stratton, Earl Sewell, Kate Gingold and Monica McKayhan were special guests and provided workshops for the students.
tweens and teens:
1. The cooperation of the Department of Libraries and DuSable High School Campus staff members and students to make this event successful. It could not have been done with them. The DuSable High School Campus librarian, Sara Sayiah is just an angel sent down from the heavens!
2. The numerous companies that donated books for the students: Kimani Tru, Triumph, and Follett Resources. All of the students left this conference with a bag full of books to kick off their summer reading.
3. Our Special Guests for this event provided great workshops:
The DiscoPoet - Khari B. - his flexibility in the gym and giving a presentation that about writing poetry and performing. http://www.disco-poetry.com/index2.htm
Allan Stratton - for sharing his very personal journey when he wrote 'Chandra's Wars' and autographing hundreds of copies of his book for the students. http://allanstratton.com/
Monica McKayhan - for providing a great workshop where students learned how to identify their talents and things that they like to do. Thanks for the book Monica! http://monicamckayhan.com/
Kate Gingold - for providing an insightful workshop on historical narrative and reality television. The students enjoyed meeting this local author. http://www.kategingold.com/
Sewell - for autographing hundreds of books and giving a great workshop for all of the middle school students. The "Keysha's Drama Series" really touched the lives of the students this year. http://earlsewell.com/homepage.html
4. There were over 25 additional workshops provided on a number of subjects.
- Database usage for research for students
- Motivational speakers
- Family genealogy
- Preparing for college financially
- Public speaking etiquette
- Mexican and African-American storytelling
- Performance poetry
- Hip-Hop Yoga and Relaxation Techniques