This is my very first ALA conference and I plan to make the most of it. I arrived today and met up with my ALSC mentor for lunch at Reading Market where we discussed my current goals over an amazing BBQ chicken sandwich.
Then I hopped over to the Parkway Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia for a tour of their Rare Book Department including their current exhibit inspired by Aliki’s The Five Senses.
This exhibit is family-friendly and combines science, literacy, and original artwork. There are interactive elements for kids (and adults!) of all ages.
Then we got to check out the rest of the collection, which included a huge variety of manuscripts and artwork. Oh, and Charles Dicken’s pet raven (stuffed) and writing desk!
Rumor has it that this bird was the inspiration for Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. How cool is that!?
Tonight I’ll be meeting up with some other ALSC members for a networking dinner and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s sessions. I’m looking forward to keeping you updated on all the great things happening at ALA Midwinter 2020!
Christina Carpino is a children’s librarian, MLIS student at Kent State, crocheter, and coffee snob.