ALA Midwinter Meeting Day 1

21 Jan

Travel went well yesterday. I was in my hotel by 4 but boy did I pack wrong. It was 68ºF when we landed!

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After heading over to Registration to get my ID, I went back to the hotel to get refreshed and plot it my route to my 2 evening events.

The first, put on by Holiday House, was in a restaurant. I ran into  a couple of people I knew and met some new people. Most everyone at the events I attend is on some sort of book committee, so we all have a lot in common. I picked up a few arcs I am excited to add to my classroom library.

From there, it was a short walk to The World of Coca Cola, where Penguin Random House hosted a reception. It was cool to tour the venue where we had free access to fountains where we could taste Coca-Cola products form around the world.

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 Each fountain offered drinks form a particular continent and I ran into an old friend from Latin America : Inka Cola!

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After sampling the beverages, a group of DC Comics artists showed up to sign free books. I had each of the artists dedicate them to my class. Three of them were from the Portland area and we had a good chat.

Here is a shot of today’s book haul:

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I was exhausted walking back to the hotel, but excited and energized for tomorrow.

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