Making Connections, Expanding Our Worlds and Creating Community at ALSC14

In addition to education programs, authors talks and Fairyland, the ALSC Institute offers 2014 Institute Logoyou an opportunity to connect with others in your field.  ALSC Connection is a group of events that bring attendees together for fun and  networking. These are free, team-building events give you a chance to unwind and enjoy the company of your fellow Institute-goers.


Hi, my name is Pat, and I’ll be your hostess!

pat toney
Photo by Ana Elba Pavon

I wonder how many of you are old enough to remember the Love Boat. For those of you who do, just think of me as “Julie, your cruise director”. I will be your Institute hospitality, entertainment and social events specialist. I heart Oakland and hope you will too.

ALSC Connect events begin Wednesday night, September 17, at the hotel bar.
(NO HOST) Happy Hour – 6:00-8:00 pm
Twelve Bar Lounge
Level Two, Oakland Marriott City Center
This will be an opportunity to meet fellow Institute attendees and/or Oakland locals before conference session begins and receive a personal welcome to Oakland. Who knows, if we’re game, maybe we can get some Guerrilla Storytime action going.

During Thursday’s lunch break conference attendees can partake in a refresher or introduction to ALSC as an organization, its activities and board members.  Come ask questions, discuss important initiatives and learn how to get involved. There will be prizes!
ALSC 101 – 12:15-12:45pm, September 18
Oakland Marriott City Center , Conference Room TBA

That evening just across the street from the hotel, you are invited to a pub quiz.
ALSC Trivia – 8:00-9:00pm, September 18
Pacific Coast Brewing Company
906 Washington Street

I’m a big fan of Jeopardy, pub quizzes and Trivial Pursuit so you can imagine how excited I am for this. Heads up, questions will be related to Pura Belpré Awards,Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Schneider Family Book Award, Stonewall Book Awards List, and of course the San Francisco Bay Area. It is highly recommended you have a least one local player on your team.

I’ll be around throughout the Institute to help you carpool, buspool, taxi pool or walk pool over to Fairyland on Friday, September 19 as well as suggest fun places to see or yummy places to eat… like the Eat Real Festival.  This three day (September 19th-21st) festival of food, drink and fun is a social venture created to inspire eaters to choose tasty, healthy, good food.

Got questions? Send me message via twitter @patoney
Follow the action on Twitter @alscblog #alsc14
RSVP for Institute on Facebook  – This is where I’ll be posting tips as we head into the Institute.

In closing, I’ll end with an additional reference to the Love Boat. This is how we do it in Oakland – The Library, an OPL theme song. I look forward to meeting you!

Pat Toney, ALSC Institute Task Force Member and Children’s Librarian at San Francisco Public Library

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