Late this afternoon, I had the opportunity to reconnect with many of my staff from San Rafael Elementary School as we came together to celebrate the retirement of our Community Assistant, Elizabeth Roman. Mrs. Roman worked at the school for 29 years. Amazing when you think about it. With some families, she influenced three generations. What a compassionate and strong and caring woman and I am thankful that our lives intersected.
I am also thankful for the lives of the teachers, and instructional assistants and other staff who were there this evening. I was reminded at how thankful I am for all the staff at the school. I miss the community that we had created.
....and since this is also picture book month, here is my daily
picture book recommendation, I am giving a shout out to Salina Yoon's new book:
Sometimes when I see a book I can't stop thinking about how I would like to do an event around it. In those moments, I let my book event partner in crime, Alethea, in on my thoughts and we see what we can do. When I read Squid & Octopus Friends For Always by Tao Nyeu, I knew I wanted to host an author event with Tao and her book. Alethea picked up on the possible knitting connection and checked to see if Unwind Yarn Store in Burbank would be willing to allow us to use their space for the event. Thank you to Nicole White, Marisa Russell and Penguin Books, for arranging for Tao Nyeu to be apart of this event.
Alethea and I brainstormed further. What if Tao and Salina were to do the event together? A few more emails and working out the logistics and now Bridge to Books had knitting related book event with not one but two fabulous authors.
Thank you all the Bridge to Books volunteers, Unwind Yarn Store, Once Upon a Time Bookstore, and all the fabulous folks who came out on a rainy Saturday to hang with Tao Nyeu and Salina Yoon. And of course a special thank you for Tao and Salina who came and interacted with everyone and made this a very special event.