ALA Midwinter 2020

EFL’s MidWinter Wrap-Up

Welcome back! We hope you had a great time at ALA’s MidWinter Conference. While in Philadelphia, the Early and Family Literacy Committee (EFL) met face-to-face for the first time, it was truly exciting. This meeting took place on Sunday at the All-Committee Meeting. During this time, we were able to talk about the direction that we would like to take this committee in.    One of the first things that came up, something that we had been discussing beforehand as well, was partnering with other ALSC committees.  Previously, EFL had put together a short list of other committees that we felt could be great to work and collaborate with. We want to make sure that we are addressing the research topics that librarians across the country want and need. We thought that the best way to first go about this is to reach out and see what other committees and…

ALA Midwinter 2020

Virtual TBR: Books to Look for in 2020

The Youth Media Awards may have only been announced two days ago – and what incredible choices those committees made – but I’m already looking forward to tracking down the next best books of the year. With that in mind, I spent pretty much my entire time at Midwinter touring the Exhibit hall, chatting up vendors, and asking for book recommendations. Here are just ten of the titles for kids currently on my TBR pile:

ALA Midwinter 2020

What I learned from my #alaleftbehind adventure #alamw20

Live blogging from a conference when you’re not actually there is not as crazy as it seems- thanks to the Internet of course! Again and again I wonder how “they” ever did it anything my BFF the internet! Here are five fun things I’ve learned while NOT attending a conference: Graphic Novels are taking over the world. The fact that a graphic novel won the Odyssey (Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka) and the Newbery (Jerry Craft’s New Kid) and a Printz Honor (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Meby Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell)is so unprecedentedly awesome. Hopefully this can show to all the teachers, educators, students (myself) out there that graphic novels are REAL literature with so, so many benefits! It is important to think critically. Yes, my favorite song of all-time is EVERYTHING IS AWESOME but I need to remember it might not always be awesome! #critlib is the latest…

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

#alamw20 Well There You Are, Philly!

When I made my reservations for Midwinter last year, I didn’t know what the weather would be like. Philly in winter? Could be rough! I decided to stay at the main conference hotel, and it was fantastic. Raining buckets outside? No problem! I didn’t even have to put on a coat; I just ambled to the elevator, and off I went. No outside required. That was pretty cool, but then I realized today that I hadn’t seen anything of Philadelphia at all. And I’m leaving tomorrow, eek! Happily, I was lucky to spend the afternoon with a dear friend from Chicago (we have standing Monday afternoon dates at conference), and we wrapped up the conference by seeing the Philly sights. We saw Christ Church Burial Ground, where Benjamin Franklin is buried (his grave is covered in pennies from people looking for a little luck, and as it turns out, those…

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The Bronx and the YMAs #alamw20

I was born and raised in The Bronx, NY and I was super proud to see two Bronx born names mentioned in today’s Youth Media Awards announcements: Sonia Sotomayor, author of Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You. Rudy Gutierrez, illustrator of Double Bass Blues. The Bronx is a gritty borough of NYC that’s filled with so much art and good, but the positives are most times overshadowed by the negatives. The only bookstore in the entire borough opened in the spring of 2019, so when I visited home last summer I had to check it out. I can’t seem to find any of the pictures I took of the inside, but the outside of the store was just as beautiful. Although there’s access to public libraries (thankfully), it does still make me sad to know that there is only one bookstore in an area with a population of over 1.4 million…

ALA Midwinter 2020

One Final Thing at #alamw20… Scenes from the Philly Free Library

“Nerd out as long as you want.” This is what one library staff said to me when I wandered into the children’s room at the Parkway Central Library in Philly, when I explained I was here for ALA Midwinter and just needed to “nerd out.” I mean, I can’t visit a new city and NOT visit the main library. And I am one of the fortunate ones whose train doesn’t leave until tomorrow morning, so that’s what I did today after the Youth Media Awards. The main library is a big impressive building and very easy to get to from the conference. I really appreciate how user-friendly SEPTA — Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority — is. I grabbed the #32 bus on the curb by the Convention Center and took it eight stops down where it let me off right in front of the building. Though chartered in 1891 by Dr. William…