What a ride! Yes all the rumours were true that teacher job action had affected the attendance at the #BIT15 conference but when I last heard, 1000 people had still registered by Thursday morning. Not knowing what to expect we leapt forward anyway!
What you might not know is that I’ve been working on developing the book club since the spring and contacted the publishers of all the books on our list to have review copies sent….so I brought 22 books with me to the #BIT15 conference on Thursday morning! These were all free to give away. The most asked question of the morning was simply….”Free?” Yes! That’s what librarians do! Peter McAsh and Leslie Boerkamp really made the event possible through reserving the space, helping me set it up, bringing the coffee and breakfast right next to our location, reserving tables and of course, spreading the word. Leslie even made #BIT15Reads clues inside the social scavenger hunt so all day people were finding me to get answers and hints for points.
Here is a Storify of our tweets over the conference time: https://storify.com/banana29/bit15reads-meets-face-to-face
Here are the glorious photos taken by Tim King during our breakfast and by lunchtime all the books were taken by devoted readers…with 1 catch: they had to make their reading process or responses visible to all of us. It’s never too late to join #BIT15Reads! Just login to Goodreads and invite yourself to our group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/170190-bit15reads One of our many moderators can add you to our growing list (68 members across Canada and in 4 countries…and counting!)