ALA Annual 2011

Flash Mob Freeze at ALA Annual

I was sad to hear that the annual competition for the Book Cart Drill Team World Championship had been canceled this year, but I just heard about something which might be even more fun and will certainly be more powerful. It’s also something that anyone going to the Annual Conference can participate in; no special skills required! It’s a Freeze Mob to advocate for libraries and librarians, and it’s taking place on Sunday, June 26 in New Orleans during the conference.

As detailed in PC Sweeney’s Blog:

This is the ALA Advocacy Freeze. Where we get out of the echo chamber of the conference and show that Libraries and Communities can and should continue to support each other. The plan is to have a large convergence of librarians at Jackson Square at 5:45 on Sunday. All participants should wear some kind of library related t-shirt, pose in some position, or bring something that identifies them as a librarian. All participants will converge on the park grounds at 5:45 for the mob and freeze from 5:50-5:53 to show our large presence at ALA and show that we care about the community of NOLA and that communities should care about Libraries. Afterwards we’re encouraging everyone to get out into the restaurants and bars and make a ruckus in NOLA!”

Wouldn’t it be great to have a bunch of children’s librarians participating, all of them wearing kids’ themed, library-related, red t-shirts?  I’m hoping to participate and am looking for a good saying to DIY on my shirt; I’d love to hear your suggestions!


  1. pcsweeney

    Thanks for the shoutout! Its all about advocacy and I’d be stoked about seeing all the children’s librarians mobbing!

  2. Mary Voors

    I think it’s a great idea! Hope there are LOTS of youth librarians there.

  3. Loree Griffin Burns

    I love it! I’m pulling together my costume now: ALA Banned Books bracelet, Friends of the Beaman Library book bag, and Hudson Children’s Book Festival T-shirt!

  4. Kelly Milner Halls (@KellyMilnerH)

    If authors are also invited, I’ll be there. Shoulder to shoulder.


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