Monday, July 29, 2019

Jason Reynolds Keynote

Poet and YA author Jason Reynolds kicked off the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference by urging librarians to help their patrons build “sacred” spaces in their hearts and minds.

“Maybe, what librarians really are, are architects. And maybe, libraries truly are warehouses where we build human libraries—walking, talking libraries. What does this mean? Well, let's talk about what a library is. There’s a reference desk—wouldn't it be incredible if young people walked around with their own Reference Desk right here?” he said, pointing to his heart, “that they could tap into it when they need an answer, that they could tap into when they felt lost, they could tap into when searching for something that felt so far away?”