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Excuse the cross posting-I'm still wound up from last week!


I just came back from the best ever Mazza Institute at the University of
Findlay. Part of what made this week so special was that my son, Jonathan,
attended with me. Jon earned three semester hours to renew his social
studies license at Mazza and by Institute's end, he was thoroughly familiar
with the idea that picture books are for everyone and can certainly be used
in his area, social studies 7-12.


Did you know you can get a wonderful room at the Mazza in one of their
townhouses for $21.00 (per person) a night? We rented an entire townhouse so
Jon's wife and child could come and go at their leisure. The townhouses are
air conditioned, contain stove, microwave, refrigerator, and a washer and
dryer. There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms.


I didn't find any reason to cook. Breakfast is provided as part of the
registration fee, lunch is available at the school cafeteria, and dinners
are at local restaurants with authors/illustrators at each table.


I was not sure what to expect at this year's Mazza because I had only a
nodding acquaintance with some of the illustrators and some were totally
unknown to me. Here's the lineup with website listed (* means I never heard
of before Mazza)in case you are curious:


Will Moses <> 

Jan Wahl No website

Raul Colon <> 

*Keith Graves <> 

*Peter Brown <> 

Bruce Langton <> 

*James Gurney <> 

*William Low <> 

*Stacey Schuett <> 

Brian Pinkney <> 

Grace Lin <> 

*Julie Downing <> 

*M. Sarah Klise


Next year's summer Institute will feature Steve Bjorkman, Suzanne Bloom,
Calef Brown, Judith Caseley, TOMIE DE PAOLA, Brandon Dorman, Carol Heyer,
Brian Lies, Guy Porfirio, Matthew Reinhardt, ROBERT SABUDA, Ian Schoenherr
and Jackie Urbanovic. The Institute will be held July 12-16, 2010.
Librarians can apply for a full scholarship from the Floyd C. and Stella T.
Dickman Mazza Institute Librarian's Endowment. Sign up to do a Pull-Out
Session and you can earn three semester hours and free registration. 


If I had to choose one author/illustrator who would be fantastic for a
school visit, I would choose James Gurney. He is based in New York's Hudson
Valley, but would be well worth the cost. He is a Renaissance man. I learned
so much from him and I was so touched by his humility and the respectful way
he interacted with participants.


More info about Mazza can be found at


Questions? E-mail me. I'll be happy to share what I know. The Mazza is a
true Ohio gem.


Ada G. Kent, Librarian

Ohio School for the Deaf

500 Morse Road

Columbus, OH 43214



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