Paradise Found!

 photo of bill morrisLibrary conferences are always a slice of heaven for me .... colleagues, publishers, authors, new books, avid readers discussing  & celebrating literature... what more do you need?  But, the recent ALA Midwinter held in Dallas was a particular treat.  This year I was able to participate in two special events:  The Morris Seminar and the live announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards. 

The Morris Seminar was established in memory of beloved children's publisher William C. Morris to further his passion and to continue "connecting librarians, and ultimately children, with excellent children's books."  Participants are able to work with experienced ALSC members who have served on evaluation committees to learn more about in-depth evaluation techniques.  This one-day seminar was an incredible experience.  I greatly deepened my evaluation skills while enjoying discussion with colleagues from across the United States.  It was the perfect way to begin my ALA Midwinter weekend.  

And, the perfect way to end the weekend was with the live announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards.  These announcements took place at 7:45 a.m. Monday morning and the theater was electric with avid readers, librarians, publishers, and selection committee members!  I was as giddy and silly as a school girl!  It was like the Academy Award announcements and the Price is Right! combined.  The crowd erupted with every announcement. 

So many of my favorites were awarded medals and honors including Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, the Newbery Medal winner, Me ... Jane by Patrick McDonnell, Caldecott Honor, Blackout by John Rocco, Caldecott Honor, and Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman, Printz Honor.  Hearing all these major awards announced live has forever spoiled me.  Now, I need to win the lottery, so I can make sure to attend these every year!  

For a complete listing of the titles, read the ALA Press Release.  

Other ALA Midwinter highlights included: 

-  attending the YALSA BFYA Teen Session where local teens shared their thoughts about the BFYA nominees.  These readers did an outstanding job addressing the strengths and weaknesses of the novels, and it was very enlightening to hear their opinions. I was able to spend some extra time with the readers from Parish Episcopal School of Dallas which was an added treat!  

- attending publisher events spotlighting their authors and upcoming titles.   

Alvina Ling, Editorial Director at LB &
talented author/illustrator Peter Brown
at the Litte, Brown Breakfast Preview
(I know.. my smile is ridiculous.)  
- winning an original piece of art by Herve Tullet, creator of the fabulous Press Here, at the Chronicle Books Cocktail Party.         

What a great weekend celebrating books and libraries.  Can't wait for ALA Annual in Anaheim! 

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad I ran into before the awards and got to sit with you - I loved your excitement and enthusiasm! Such fun!



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