Off to Seattle

And I’m off to Seattle for the next few days!

Well, not quite yet. Tomorrow evening, I’m flying to Seattle for the 2013 ALA Midwinter Conference, one of the largest library conferences of the year. A day late. But I don’t care. I’m going, and I’m going TOMORROW!

What am I most looking forward to about this trip? Meeting industry people face-to-face that I’ve met and/or admire via the interweb. That’s number one. A very close second place is attending the Youth Media Awards, the ceremony where the American Library Association awards outstanding works of children’s and YA literature; awards which include (but which certainly are not limited to) the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards. This will be on Monday, January 28th @ 8am PST. It’s kind of a big deal. It’s comparable to the Oscars for  librarians, educators, and children’s literature lovers. If you’re not going to be in Seattle, you can still get in on all the fun! Tune in to the free live broadcast of the ceremony HERE. You can also follow @ALAyma on Twitter, as well as follow the conversation using the hashtag #ALAyma.

I’ve been fervently reading books in anticipation of these awards via the KC Mock Awards list (even though I was unable to attend this year) and books discussed on Heavy Medal. Yesterday I finished Splendors and Glooms, a favorite Newbery candidate, and I hope to finish Bomb and Chickadee on the plane.

Last but not least, I’ll be snapping pics of librarian style for Librarian Wardrobe while at the conference with a few other stylish ladies. L predicts sophisticated eyewear will be a must this ALA Midwinter season.

 Have a great weekend and see you next week!



image source: seattle skyline print by karen young

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