ALA Virtual Midwinter 2021

Coming Together for the #ALAYMA While Apart at #ALAMW21

Did you tune in for the live Youth Media Award announcements this morning?! It’s one of my favorite conference activities, whether I’m attending in person or not. I wasn’t sure what it would be like without the reactions from the crowd, so I made my own crowd!

I reached out to some librarian friends on Facebook and started a group chat where we could all share our reactions with each other in real time as we watched from across the country. There were lots of ALL CAPS exclamations, celebratory emojis, heart and thumbs up reactions. Even though we couldn’t be there together in person, having a group to celebrate with made it a really fun morning.

A screen shot of a Facebook group chat that reads in all caps: Yay! Tae Keller! When You Trap a Tiger! When You Trapppp I love When You Trap a Tiger!!!
Part of our group chat this morning – I’m sure you can guess which award had just been announced!

If you want to catch up on the internet’s reactions to the Youth Media Awards, take a look at the Twitter hashtag #ALAYMA and join in the conversation. And you can watch the replay of the announcements and find a full list of the winners and honor books on ALA’s website.

Were there any surprises for you this year? Anything you’re particularly excited about??

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