ALA Midwinter Conference: A Student’s Perspective

Friday

11pm: arrive in Philly; drive in circles until find hotel

Saturday

8:30am: walk to conference center and collect badge holder

8:50am: wait with the crowd for the exhibit hall to open

9:20am: search for a stronger bag to hold all the free books

11:00am: drop first load of goods back at the hotel; lunch at the Reading Terminal Market

1:30pm: Best Books for Young Adults session

1:32pm: realize this is more of a business meeting; sneak out

2:00pm: back to the exhibit hall

3:30pm: free shuttle to the Doubletree for Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers

4:00pm: pick up valuable handouts and browse committee selections

6:00pm: back at hotel; quick rest before dinner

9:00pm: wandering around Philly (great city for walking)

10:00pm: National Mechanics Bar; Dance Dance Library Revolution; Dewey Decimator anyone?

Sunday

9:00am: our only “real” breakfast of the weekend

10:00am: Liberty Bell and Independence Hall

1:00pm: Best Graphic Novels; received a tip from a veteran about the teen session

2:00pm: Best Books for Young Adults – Teen Session; best part of the conference

6:00pm: reception in the president’s suite on the 21st floor

7:30pm: sneak preview of Spiderwick Chronicles (nicely done)

Monday

7:45am: doors open to Youth Media Awards Press Conference

8:30am: add titles of winners to reading list

9:00am: one last trip through the exhibit hall

10:30am: on our way back to NY

 

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