ALA Annual 2019

#alaac19 Books about Washington D.C.: Reading to Charm, Delight, and Ponder On

The grandeur of the architecture touches you as a visitor to Washington D.C. when strolling down Pennsylvania Avenue.  Is it the gracefulness of the U.S. Capitol building dome designed and constructed during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency – or something more?  Is it the inspiration of the White House, National Art Gallery East Building, and the National Archives – or something more? A captivating blend of enterprise, excellence, and goodness fills the air drawing you to explore our national treasures.  How can you be prepared to soak in this grandeur?  Can this legacy and history of the United States be captured in a short list of suggested books?  Can a few books capture the essence of the importance of Washington D.C. as the nation’s capital?   Probably not, but we can prepare you to not miss out on the essence of D.C. ALSC Local Arrangements – Eboni Njoki, committee chair, and members, Kristen…

ALA Annual 2019

Stepping Outside Your Bubble at ALA Annual in DC

ALA Annual Conference is just around the corner –  June 20-25th 2019 in Washington, DC! Thousands of library professionals, publishers, book creators, and more will be headed to our nation’s capital to learn, celebrate, and explore with other colleagues in libraryland. There will be a variety of amazing opportunities for ALSC members to attend professional development workshops and network with each other. There have been several ALSC blog posts with suggestions on places to eat, visit, and a call from our ALSC Blog Editor, Mary Voors for volunteer bloggers during conference. However, I want to highlight a few meetings and events within ALSC and beyond that you might want to consider if you plan to attend ALA Annual. Your ALSC Board of Directors will also be hard at work in our multiple board meetings, considering various items to move our Association strategically forward. I’ll emphasize a few of those later…

ALA Annual 2019

Eating in D.C. #alaac19

While you weren’t looking, Washington DC has become one of the best dining destinations in the country. Celebrity chef Jose Andres has been cooking here to acclaim for years, and relatively new upstarts Rose’s Luxury and Bad Saint have won Michelin stars and the James Beard award respectively. Many of these are an easy walk from the Convention Center. We’ll share those, and also some links to other spots slightly further afield for those looking for further adventure.

ALA Annual 2019

ALA Annual Musts for Kidlit Aficionados

I attended my first ALA Annual Conference in 2008 as a relatively new children’s librarian.  It was a great experience but also a little overwhelming. Since then, I’ve only missed one Annual for a family trip to Alaska.  Over the years, I have become savvier about creating my schedule for each day.  So, whether it is your first ALA or your 10th, these are some staples to consider adding to your schedule.

ALA Annual 2019

ALSC Preconference Program – It’s not too late!

One of the most exciting things about attending an ALA conference is having the opportunity to meet the creative and interesting people who bring us outstanding books for children.  From the Newbery/Caldecott/Legacy Banquet to the Pura Belpré Celebración, attendees can hear the inspirational stories of the honorees and stand in receiving lines to shake their hands and say a few words.  Those who serve on award committees sometimes have the pleasure of spending some quality time with the authors and illustrators and these are moments that they always treasure. But what about those authors, illustrators and publishers whose books have silver medals on their covers?  They are just as creative and interesting and spending time with them can be just as inspirational and fun. Every other year, ALSC organizes a preconference honoring the silver medalists and giving attendees the opportunity to spend time chatting with these honorees.  Most of the…