ALA Midwinter 2020

Home Again, Home Again #ALAMW20

We took the Peter Pan bus home from Philadelphia to New York City. Only $18.50 for me, my husband and baby! Cheap ride and tons of room. The bus driver didn’t bat an eye at all my tote bags of books and baby things. He encouraged me to put them in the empty seats. It was a long day and wonderful conference. Of the books in my totes, I’m most looking forward to reading: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha King and the Dragon Flies by Kacen Callendar The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron the EveryLibrary Annual Report the IMLS grant-funded EXCITE project and future papers Marxism: A Graphic Guide by Rupert Woodfin and Oscar Zarate The Eighth Life by Ninoharatischvili The Light in The Lake by Sarah R. Baughman The Oracle Code by…

ALA Midwinter 2020

Kobe Bryant, Coronavirus and things that keep me up at night (like censorship of LQBTQIA+ authors, and youth media awards excitement)… #alamw20

Trying to shield the blue light of my phone screen from the peacefully sleeping husband and baby beside me. Slept a deep deep sleep and woke to the powerful urge to plan my last conference day. It’s 3:37 AM. I also want to reflect on yesterday. I captured my day in notes, media and book buzz bags. I want to share some of the bigger moments.I was leading a digital media discussion group with the Film & Media Roundtable when news broke about basketball player Kobe Bryant’s startling death in a helicopter accident. My best friend Allison was helping me live tweet the discussion via the FMRT twitter account. The FMRT Digital Media Discussion is starting now at #alamw20 in room 111-B. pic.twitter.com/PhYKjd8bPk — Film & Media Round Table (@ALA_FMRT) January 26, 2020 After the discussion, she returned my phone to me and said, some big news and messages rolled…

ALA Midwinter 2020

CONFERENCE ADRENALINE #alamw20

Okay. Whew. Post number 2 (dos, I say in my head). Because it’s almost 6 a.m. and we’re running on the fumes of conference adrenaline over here at our recharge station (otherwise known as the Philadelphia 201 hotel). No more parenthetical comments from this point on, I promise. A lot to report on from yesterday and a lot of it’s not “live”. After reading my ALSC mentor Rosemary’s amazing post about graphic novels at #alamw20, I’m learning that a great live post doesn’t have to be written in the moment, per se. I also learned from talking to her that a laptop may be easier for blogging than this here smart phone… TBC. Having a mentor like Rosemary is GAME-CHANGING. We checked out the Scholastic Truth & Bravery event together. Conference buddies, friend reunions and mentors have been a highlight of my conference so far. Here’s some video footage from the…

ALA Midwinter 2020

Okay, ALSC, We Did It #ALAMW20

Okay, ALSC, we did it. Got here, that is. And live-blogged. Which is pretty hard to do when you’ve got Conference brain and Baby brain, and you flew direct to Philadelphia from a family trip to Mexico with a newborn baby. That’s right! We’ll be live blogging (with bad grammar and rushed, incomplete sentences) with visits from my 6 month year old baby. Is ALA conference going possible with a baby? We shall see. So we did it. Daddy is back at the Philadelphia 201 with baby Hunter now. Our flight landed late last night. We connected in Denver. The second flight was harder because the baby cried. I felt bad about forcing the pacifier on him, but it was hard to get comfortable for nursing and he tended to be too worked up or stimulated to latch. So the second flight we were thattt family, but the first flight…