ALA Midwinter 2018

Learning, Connecting, and Having fun at ALA Midwinter 2018: It’s Been a Whirlwind #alamw18

It’s been a whirlwind, indeed. Although I’ve attended several Midwinter meetings over the years, this one has been especially fruitful. The sheer pace of meetings and activities has had me dashing all weekend.

That’s my excuse for not posting sooner. I arrived from Chicagoland early Thursday afternoon; I managed to avoid the blizzard back home.While my coworkers had a snow day, we were enjoying 60 degree weather here in Denver.

On Friday I attended the Bill Morris Seminar, the highlight of my conference experience so far. As part of the 2018 cohort, I came away with an expanded skill set for children’s literature and media evaluation. And I met some truly amazing people in the process.

Immediately after that, I attended the inspiring opening session where activists Patrisse Cullars and Marley Dias discussed what inspired them to rise up and take action.

Later that evening I joined up with the ALSC Membership Committee, who sponsored a truly fun Dutch dinner at a local gastropub.

Saturday morning came much too quickly. Those 7:00 a.m. vendor breakfasts are wonderful but very early. Fortified with yummy eats, coffee, and bags full of swag, I headed to the ALSC Leadership meeting. In case you don’t know, Leadership is open to everyone. The presentation on the toxic stress and its effect on children was outstanding.

Sunday morning meant it was time for the ALSC All Committee meeting. This is another meeting I encourage everyone to attend.  You don’t need to be on a committee to attend. It’s a great way to discover ways to become an active member of ALSC.   My current committee School Age Programs & Services got tons accomplished on our current project.

In between all these meetings, I managed to hit the exhibits and collect an impressive amount of swag. I also had the chance to meet with vendors, and get some great advice and recommendations for books and materials. The Pop Top Stage and Book Buzz Theater delivered great information as always.

As I type this post (at 4:30 in the morning!) I’m anticipating THE “big event” aka the Youth Media Awards which begins at 8:00 this morning.

This has been an incredibly long post – I could have (and probably should have) made each event into a separate post.

I hope those of you here have had an equally amazing meeting.  And for those of you at home, unable to attend,  I hope you are inspired to attend Midwinter and/or Annual in the future.

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