ALA Midwinter 2020

Easing into #alamw20

Hello all! It’s winter and the only good thing about that is that it is time for midwinter! I’m not a snow/cold person, so the 50 degrees Philly weather feels amazing to me. It was perfect weather to jot over to the convention center for my badge, swing by the Reading Terminal for a pretzel-wrapped hot dog and a salted caramel donut, and then back to my hotel for a nap! After years of conferencing, I have discovered that an easy trick to surviving a conference is to sneak in naps whenever possible.

But, as the sun was starting to set, and a thrill hit the air for that magical time before the exhibits open. After a quick run through the exhibits and running into friends from all over, it was time to meet up with ALSC membership committee for an organized dinner. This is my second time participating, and I highly recommend it. My group met for dinner around the convention center and over dinner, we talked through some of our trials and tribulations like how we are funded or not funded for conferences, training needs, teen services, and adult graphic novels collection development. It was a lot of fun, and super cool to get to know some ALSC friends in a more relaxed setting.

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