ALA Midwinter 2020

The YMA’s are coming! Prediction Round Up #alscleftbehind #alaleftbehind

The YMA’s are coming, The YMA’s are coming. THE YMA’S ARE COMING! As the 2020 Youth Media Awards are less than eight hours away- most committee members are hopefully in bed after surviving the day without blabbing the big news and getting sleep before the ever-exciting phone call to the lucky winners. As for me, I’m using every minute to continue to get predictions in because- why not? And statistics are fun, especially mocks/ Youth Media Award related statistics! Betsy Bird switched up her predictions this year by dividing into categories, Heavy Medal did the full balloting process, Colby Sharp made a video of his picks, I decided to take all of the winners of the ALSC submitted results and find the winners among those! I went through every category and awarded four points to every medalist and three points to the honor winner. My list includes the clear winners from…

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#ALAmw20 – Books Make a Difference

So frequently throughout this conference, I have heard first-hand accounts about the difference a particular book, books in general, or libraries have impacted their lives. This morning I attended a panel on anxiety and how literature can help children and teens to navigate mental health issues. It’s important for us as librarians to remember the power that stories can have to help us feel less alone. Children may lack the language needed to express themselves when they are experiencing anxiety or depression, but picture books and hearing stories may help them to identify and explain what they are going through. It gives caregivers and children a common language and a set of tools to deal with these complex emotions in a positive way. Older children and teens often feel isolated by these feelings. Reading about characters who are in a similar boat helps banish this isolation and perhaps give them…

ALA Midwinter 2020

Exploring Philly at #alamw20

If you can manage to leave the convention center– (which with this nice weather, you should!) there is so much to eat in Philly! In the last 24 hours– I have trekked to Big Gay Ice Cream for a Salty Pimp– vanilla soft-serve cone with salt and dulce de leche sauce dipped in chocolate! If you love ice cream and the Golden Girls– check this place out! On the way to get some ice cream– you may pass a big wheel of fortune! It’s an Atlas of Tomorrow— think of an open-ended situation/problem in your life– spin the wheel and see what fortune there is to discover. When I spun the wheel, I tried to think about my career path– and I got the result of “The Streetlight” about being a beacon to others– which is how I like to think of my library work. Give it a whirl, and…

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Virtual Exhibit Hall #alamw20 #alaleftbehind #alscleftbehind

I’m an exhibit hall junkie I love getting the scoop on what books are coming out and of course the swag, all of the swag. Sadly we cannot get the swag when we are #alaleftbehind but we can still browse covers of ARC’s without actually being there– Harper Collins Children’s Books  ⁦@writerkmc⁩ and One of Us is Next at ⁦@randomhousekids⁩ #alamw2020 pic.twitter.com/sfwMMdXGEd — Stimola Literary Studio (@StimolaLiterary) January 25, 2020 @AnnickPress now this is how you rep Native lit! 🔥🔥🔥 #bravo #indigenousoutloud #puebloabroad #diversebooks #alamw2020 #aila #NativeTwitter pic.twitter.com/ZpgVomB8cx — Lee Francis (@leefrancisIV) January 26, 2020 I spy Witches of Ash and Ruin Arcs at the Disney booth at #alamw2020! 🧙‍♀️ 🧙‍♀️ 🌙 🌙 https://t.co/WNRBKJGAx7 — E Latimer (@ELatimerWrites) January 26, 2020 Thanks to @Remy_Lai for this pic of QUINTESSENCE at @alamw with lots of wonderful book friends! If you’re there, come get a sneak peek at Macmillan’s Booth 1241!#alamw20 #alamw2020 #mglit…

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A Peak at the PopTop Stage at #alamw20

If you have never been to Midwinter, you probably at least know about the exhibit hall, the goodies, the swag, and of course, the ARCs. But did you know there are also opportunities to hear from authors, library influencers, and publishers? The Book Buzz Theater and the PopTop Stage have scheduled sessions during the exhibit floor’s open hours. Because of my committee commitments, the only one I have had time for was a session about authors and podcasting. All three adult authors have written books that are now audiobooks. And all three podcast.

ALA Midwinter 2020

Top Tweets of #alamw20 #alaleftbehind

Here are my favorite tweets from Midwinter so far. They make me feel like I’m there when I’m #alscleftbehind. Coding, #girlpower. We need better. "1.4 million jobs will be open in the U.S. in computing-related fields. 3% will be filled by women." Learning about #GirlsWhoCode and thinking about how to implement this in my school. #BraveNotPerfect #alamw2020 pic.twitter.com/HJOMRkMkhN — Lindsey Kimery (@LindsKAnderson) January 25, 2020 This donut. This donut is everything. I'm so jazzed up after presenting at #alamw2020 that I can barely sit still long enough to eat this beautiful 🍩from @beilersdonuts. I recommend going, it's in @RdgTerminalMkt! pic.twitter.com/FSp2zWN4gx — Kate(lyn) Angell (@kate_angell) January 25, 2020 Hooray for ALA drink specials. Cheers from afar! Spotted at 13 at the Downtown Philadelphia @Marriott – not my personal faves but I do love that we get our own drink specials 🤣 #alamw2020 pic.twitter.com/35ezJSH7dw — Andrea Buntz Neiman (@andreabneiman) January 25, 2020…

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Conference Ribbons at #alamw20

When I arrived at Midwinter on Friday, I checked in and got my conference badge. Registration is in a tall-ceilinged room with white and grey floors that is not unlike a railway station. It sits at the crossroads between indoor tunnels to SEPTA, the local transit system, to the Marriott, where meetings are being held, and to the rest of the Philadelphia Convention Center. Across from registration is the table full of ribbons with a sign that reads, “If you are one, take one!”

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#ALAmw20 – Day 2

Yesterday was a whirlwind. So many interesting sessions to attend and lots of walking (this place is BIG). Top 2 Takeaways from Day 2 – I started my day learning about Civic Innovation with the Reading Terminal Market manager, Anuj Gupta and Ariel Ben-Amos from StreetBoxPHL. It was very interesting to hear how both are engaging with the community. One idea I keep thinking about from Gupta’s presentation is the Day Stall Merchant program they have at Reading Market. This program allows folks who want to start selling their goods at the market to do so in an inexpensive, low risk way. I can see libraries offering something similar – a craft fair of sorts? I also loved how StreetBoxPHL creates “parklets.” This is something I had never heard of – a kind of “pop up” park in a parking space. So innovative! Many libraries are already doing “pop up” models…