Phone Call

I remember Shannon Hale mentioning a year or so ago that the day before the Newbery awards were announced, she was very aware that the calls would be going out early the next morning and having a secret hope that one of those phone calls might be coming her way. Certainly there are people who win a major award and have no idea such an award even exists before they are announced the winner, but I think more often people are like Shannon Hale – secretly wishing that phone call will come your way.

I have no aspirations to get a Newbery or Caldecott phone call one day, but a few weeks ago, I applied for a scholarship that would allow me to go to the Massachusetts Library Assocation conference in late April – there were five scholarships available to first time attendees, which would pay for half of lodging, all of registration and meals, and a year of MLA membership. I wanted to go, of course.

The conference is not particularly huge (about 600 attendees) and I figured the number of first-time attendees was fairly limited, not to mention that most of them probably wouldn’t apply for the scholarship anyway.

I applied, crossing my fingers, and then I waited. The website said that recepients would be notified by phone by Friday, April 2.

Last Friday, I was in New Mexico with Bart and I spent nearly the whole day obsessively checking my phone. When four p.m. rolled around (six p.m. in Boston), my hopes crumbled.

And yet, I still held on to a little bit of hope, since Friday was Good Friday and many schools and libraries were closed for the holiday (including mine), which made me think perhaps they had postponed the calls until Monday. I Googled the scholarship several times to see if anyone had mentioned receiving their phone calls, but nothing was coming up.

Yesterday, just before my last class, I ran into my office to grab something, checked my phone and saw two missed calls and a voicemail. The area code was a Massachusetts one.

The message said I was one of the recipients.

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  • Reply tootie April 6, 2010 at 1:02 pm


  • Reply Kelly J. April 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Congrats. I know how excited you were!

  • Reply Carole April 6, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Of COURSE you were the winner!

  • Reply Mary April 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    That's fantastic news. Have fun at the conference!

  • Reply Chrissie April 6, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Great news – congratulations and have a great time at the conference!

  • Reply Peaceful Reader April 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Congratulations! I can't wait to hear all about the conference and your trip!

  • Reply Claudia April 6, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    CONGRADULATIONS!!!!!!That is wonderful for you.

  • Reply Carly Jane April 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    So fun!

  • Reply Angella April 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Congrats! Happy for you. 🙂

  • Reply Life of a Doctor's Wife April 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Yay! That's great news – congratulations.

  • Reply oatsnboats April 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm


  • Reply Melinda April 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Woohoo!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!

  • Reply Elizabeth April 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Well OF COURSE you were, you're are the BEST! Congratulations! I can't wait to hear all about it.

  • Reply megan April 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    awesome! sounds great. I hope you will share some of the great books you will be getting too 🙂

  • Reply emandtrev April 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    That is so fantastic! Congratulations. I can't wait to hear all about it.

  • Reply Kimberly April 6, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Notifying late should be against the law…oh the things it does to your insides! Congratulations.

  • Reply Jess April 6, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Yay! Congrats! So excited for you! Can't wait to hear all about the conference!

  • Reply Packrat April 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm


  • Reply Jodi April 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Congrats! I hope you give a detailed report of how the conference goes.

  • Reply Yankee Girl April 6, 2010 at 5:15 pm


  • Reply Heather April 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    That's fantastic! Sorry you had to wait so long!

  • Reply Elsha April 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I'm new to your blog but I have to comment and say congratulations!

  • Reply Jenny April 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    woo hoo!
    And you're a stellar traveler, so of course you'll blog about every juicy detail afterward…

  • Reply Angela Noelle of Striking Keys April 6, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    This is such a lovely post. LOVELY.

  • Reply Katie April 7, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Congratulations! That is super exciting!!

  • Reply Bethany April 7, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Wahoo!! Duh you won, you are perfect for that! Looks like a really awesome conference, I can't wait to hear about it!

  • Reply Brianna Soloski April 7, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Hooray! That's fantastic. Can't wait to see what you come back with.

  • Reply heidikins April 7, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Yaaay! So exciting!! I can't imagine anyone loving this scholarship and it's money-saving loveliness more than you. ;o)


  • Reply Mariah April 8, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Congrats! Yay for you!

  • Reply Shelly April 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm


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