It may be pouring rain outside, but that hasn’t dampened people’s spirits. The crowds are building as we wait for the exhibit hall to open on the second day of ALA Midwinter 2020. I’ve already been able to snag some amazing ARCs that I’m really excited about, but I have another empty bag and I’m ready to dive in.
I was prepared for the books. I saved extra space in my extra-large suitcase just for them. I’ve been reading the back of each book before I put it in my bag to make sure it’s something that my patrons and I will be interested in. I even went through my program last night to check out which booths had coupons for freebies or contests. But I was NOT prepared for how sore my arms are! Maybe I’m just out of shape (a definite possibility) but man…books are heavy!
I have a few books that I’m really excited to bring home to my patrons and share. Now I’ll just have to find a way to create a bazillion more hours in my day so I can read them all as soon as possible!
I hope everyone got a good night sleep and is ready for a full day of conferencing (or reading about conferencing) because it’s time to go!
Christina Carpino is a children’s librarian, MLIS student at Kent State, crocheter, and coffee snob.