Happy New Year: The Year of the Dragon began last evening as many of us returned home. Dallas was a hospitable location for my first out-of-state ALA conference! Thanks to all who helped organize. My highlights include the 5K Fun Run/Walk, meeting with my committee, and attending the suspenseful ALSC/YALSA awards announcements. And what a thrill to be among so many book lovers!
I encourage all to attend ALA Annual this summer in Anaheim. Whether you are new to the profession or a veteran, you will come away re-energized with lots of great ideas. It is an honor to host ALA conferences in our home state, so I especially encourage colleagues in California to attend. I guarantee that out-of-state attendees will also receive a warm welcome. See you there!