Wednesday, June 27, 2007

ALA Rocks!

Ok, I haven't been in class for about 2 months now, and, as my husband points out, I don't really have much to say that is worth adding to the vast informational morass. So I'm at least going to try to keep posts library-related. But now I have a library related topic to write about!

I went to ALA this past weekend with my mother--a school librarian--and we had a super time. Here were some highlights for me:
-Getting to see and talk to Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis

(This was definitely THE highlight for me.)

-Running into a bunch of people from UNC

-Seeing other authors, including Judy Blume, Jack Gantos, Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, John Green, Lois Lowry, and others.

-Lots of free stuff at the Exhibits (and buying cool T-shirts at the Unshelved booth!)

-Hanging out with my mom.

-Hearing the Caldecott and Newbery winners speak at the dinner in their honor.

I definitely feel like this conference was more "fun" than "serious learning" for me, at least in terms of librarianship. I do always feel that I learn a great deal when I hear authors whom I admire speak, but it's not necessarily related to being a librarian. However, I got something out of just seeing all these librarians come together and navigating through the conference.