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Sunday, May 7 • 8:30am - 9:00am
Dreaming of Possibilities

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Inspired by the entrepreneurial ventures of my 7 year old son, I reflect on why we (and our students) read. “Possibilities” inspire us to do such things as stand at the end of the driveway (on our dead end street) for an hour after school for two weeks with a small, tattered sign for an overpriced car wash. My son dreams of the possibility of a little cash in his pocket and a shopping trip to Target’s toy aisles. Why do we read? As readers we know what beauty and opportunity exists in a book. My son dreams of a booming car wash business (or at least 1 car other than the family vehicles) because opportunity is beckoning. Will he do business? That remains to be seen, but the neighbors are now waving at the determined little boy at the end of the driveway. Determined readers are opening a world of possibilities.

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Wendy Garland

Librarian, Avery Elementary School
Wendy Garland is an Elementary School Librarian at the Avery School in Dedham, MA. She is currently participating in the AASL Induction Program. She was awarded the Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education Award in 2016 and the 2017 MSLA Super Librarian Award. She tweets at @dancelibrarian... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Grand Ballroom II 1st Floor