Conferences/Meetings/Institutes

People Told Me that the ALA Conference Would be Big…

People told me that the ALA Conference would be big.  I saw the numbers and told my husband, friends and family before I left that tens of thousands of librarians would be there.  Still, I found myself completely overwhelmed by the sheer size of the event when I finally got there.  Do I go to awards events and see authors speak?  Buckle down and try to attend informative programs that could help me be a better children’s librarian in the future?  Sit in on meetings to learn more about how to get involved in ALA?  Take some time out and “do Chicago”? In the end I did a mix of all of the above.  The Newbery, Caldecott and Wilder Award speeches were definitely a highlight.  Eighty-six year-old Author/Illustrator Ashley Bryan gave a warm, invigorating speech with call and response that touched everyone in the audience and brought them to their…