ALA Annual 2015

San Francisco Welcomes You!

Ready for a long weekend in San Francisco? We know you’re planning your schedule and pondering where to eat and what to do, how to celebrate Pride, and how to navigate the Bay Area. In addition to all the recommendations from the Locals Committee, our partners at Chronicle Books created a great list of SF resources. Here are three final tips to help you prepare for the conference. Bring layers. “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Mark Twain  A scarf, light jacket, sometimes both will do the trick. Locals joke about their summer cashmere and winter cashmere. Check the weather and pack layers. Enjoy SF Pride On Sunday, the Pride Parade will take over Market Street and Civic Center. Walking is recommended as taxi and public transport will be congested. To cross Market Street, find a Muni/BART station entrance, descend and cross underground to…

ALA Annual 2015

Getting Around San Francisco

Only a few weeks remain before the ALA conference draws thousands of librarians to San Francisco. San Francisco boasts a thriving literary scene, many exciting things to eat and do, and of course numerous ALSC events at ALA for learning, growing, and connecting.   But how will you get to and fro? Silicon Valley having yet to offer us a viable jetpack–they could call it Google Blast! Engineers, are you listening?!–check out the currently available options. Transit tips from locals Hold on to your ticket/transfer! Fare inspectors on MUNI may ask for proof of payment at any time, so don’t just drop it in the bottom of your conference tote bag. Keep your eyes up and your phone and other valuables out of sight. Criminals love distracted riders. The Google Maps, Routesy Free, and 511 transit apps can be very helpful in trip planning. Due to the Pride Parade on Sunday,…

ALA Annual 2015

Catching Up With Committees

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities is now available from the ALA Store (image courtesy of ALA)

Spring has finally arrived, and those of us on the Public Awareness Committee thought there’s no better time than now to see what exciting projects some of our fellow committee members have been working on! ALSC offers so many great opportunities to serve on a variety of committees, many of which fly under the radar. I think you might be surprised to learn some of the awesome ways our members are working together. Did you know that ALSC has an Oral History Committee? Deborah Cooper, Chair of the Oral History Committee, gave me the scoop on some of the interesting projects the OHC has in the works. The OHC has a long-term task of working on a large back-log of interviews with past leaders in children’s librarianship. Some of the interviews took place over 20 years ago! They have been editing the transcripts and working to get permissions to post…

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SF PRIDE: The last weekend in June

When I think about Pride two songs come to mind: Pride (In the Name of Love)  by U2 and (Pride) A Deeper Love by C&C Music Factory. Pride is all about LOVE! ALA Annual is happening when San Francisco is most vibrant. Are you ready for the blast of rainbows, exposed skin (don’t forget your sunscreen) and the hoards of proud people?!? For a preview of the parade check out  This Day in June by Gayle E. Pittman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten or local news coverage from last year’s parade. Members of the GLBT Round Table  will be joining the SFPL contingent. I hear Christy Estrovitz , ALSC Local Arrangements Committee chair will be taking the new SFPL Book Bike out for a spin. Be warned it’s going to be crowded. For those of you who love crowds, you may enjoy the carnival street party festival near the Main Library…

ALA Annual 2015

San Francisco: Where To Eat and What to Do?

“Where should we go to eat?” In San Francisco, that question can have a myriad of answers. Never fear, whatever you decide will be delicious. Considered to be mecca for foodies everywhere, be prepared for your taste buds to dance in gastronomical delight! Here are my top three reasons San Francisco offers the best culinary experience. First, we have a diverse menu to choose from for your palette. From Japanese to Vegan to Brazilian and Pakistani, there isn’t much that’s missing. In addition to the diversity in food, we also like to offer yummy cuisine Off the Grid style or in a food court like the Hall SF. Second, food is just a hop, skip, or even a jump away in many of our neighborhoods. The Mission District is the first that comes to mind when it comes to door to door food options. When people think of the Mission…

ALA Annual 2015

Children’s Literature Connections in San Francisco

San Francisco is thrilled to host the ALA Annual Conference again this June. The Bay Area has a rich literary tradition and children’s books definitely are a part of it. Years ago, I wrote an article for School Library Journal (Déjà Views: A Tour of San Francisco Settings You’ll Recall from Children’s Books, SLJ, June 1997) that highlighted the city’s ties to Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, Kathryn Forbes, Berta Hader, Jade Snow Wong, Virginia Lee Burton, Eleanor Cameron and Laurence Yep. Several of the books mentioned in it are now in limited supply, if not out of print. This is not surprising: Wilder’s letters to her husband Almanzo, chronicling her journey to the city to visit their daughter, popular journalist Lane, and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, were written 100 years ago (West from Home). Wiggin’s work to…