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Getting Rowdy in the Library + Secrets of the Teacher's Lounge

My first school visit of the new year was at Lowell Elementary in Long Beach, CA . . .

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I taught a workshop there last year, and must not have been too weird because they invited me back!

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Before the evening event, the authors/illustrators rendezvoused in the teacher's lounge . . .

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When I was a kid, I always wanted to know what the teacher's lounge looked like and what went on in that mysterious room . . .

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So it was a thrill to pass through the doors and into the forbidden zone. I wasn't disappointed . . .

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Off to the side of the main room (above) was another secret room where the cake was kept. So now you know! Behind those closed doors, teachers (and visiting authors and illustrators) lounge around and eat cake!!!

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Apres cake, it was time to go onstage and be introduced. Here's who else was there. It's always fun to see Fancy Nancy illustrator, Robin Priess Glasser. However, one of us felt underdressed . . .

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Robin has to coolest crown. Last time we saw each other, she hung out with Peepy . . .

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Then it was time to break into our workshop groups. My "How to Write a Story" was held in the library . . .

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Pssst . . . don't tell the librarian, but I stood on the chair so that everyone could see me . . .

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I gave my group some tough, but fun, writing assignments. Luckily, Peepy was there if anyone needed help . . .

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(Did you notice the girl with the pink hair? She matches the cover of ABSOLUTELY MAYBE!)

The kids (and adults) came up with such fabulous stories, we had to celebrate!! I told them, this is the one and only time you can stand on a chair in the library and shout . . .

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We capped off the evening with a book signing . . .

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When we got back to our hotel, we saw one of these intriguing signs in the elevator . . .

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Yes! You must be psychic -- it was the last sign. 

So we went to the front desk and asked to see the Official Elevator Inspection Permit. But alas, the general manager was not on duty. Oh well. Next time.

Next Blog: Guess who had a book signing at Apostrophe Books????

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