ALA Annual 2013

A fine balance

So far this conference #ala2013 has been a fine balance of work and celebration, and it’s all been excellent fun (not to mention pretty good weather.  Remember that you need rain to make a rainbow).

rainbow

Friday – Helped present a preconference workshop on outcomes-based summer reading programs (see the CA Library Association website for more information on the concept).  Great stuff – but couldn’t help envying those folks attending the Caldecott preconference!

Friday night – Dinner with Steve Sheinkin, the MacMillan folks and my dynamic Newbery committee.  It was da Bomb!  (heh)

And then there was the ALA Think Tank party.  Free margaritas.  Much dancing and mixing with local Blackhawks fans.  No photos thereof, thank goodness.

Saturday morning – Missed not one but two sessions due to a blissful lie-in.  Then off to be a panelist at the What’s Hot in STEAM Programming session.  If you’re interested in preschoolers, Every Child Ready to Read, and STEAM programming, check out the presentations and handouts at ALA Connect.

Katherine Applegate and Co

Saturday evening – Dinner with Katherine Applegate, the HarperCollins folks, many mini-Ivans and the Newbery committee.

Ivans

Sunday morning – Fun Run! Plenty of librarians in shorts zipping about; a fine way to get energized for the long day ahead.

fun run

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