Mid-Winter is over!

I was going to go back and “fix” typos and such on the ALA Awards I blogged, but I’m not. If you want to see the press release which has all the information you need to locate the exact award winning title, you can find it here.

The most important thing that happened on the last day of ALA Mid-Winter (Day 4) was the announcement of the ALA Award winners, so I don’t have much to add about that day. We did take a 21 stop tour of the city and I got to run up the Rocky steps and took lots of pictures which I will add to my personal Flickr page as well as the SCASL Flickr page. We had dinner at a wonderful restaurant, Moshulu and did some Power Up @ your library conference planning. Very productive dinner, I thought!

Yesterday was the travel day. Should have been very easy: leave Philly at 11:15am; get to Columbia at 1:30pm; do laundry; eat dinner; go to bed. However, nothing is every as easy as it should be, right? The day went more like: Leave Philly at 10am on different flight than original flight because original flight was cancelled; go to Washington DC instead of right into Columbia because new flight was not a direct flight but one with stops; stay in DC for 2 hours; get into Columbia at 3:oopm; stand at baggage claim for about 20 minutes before finally understanding and believing that my baggage is never coming; stand in line for 30 minutes to make a baggage claim; go home at 5pm with no baggage, (therefore, no laundry to do–which is sort of a good thing, I guess); eat dinner while waiting for baggage to be delievered to my house. Accept baggage at 9pm; go to bed very thankful that I have taken today off to do my laundry and get my regular life back in order before returning to my crazy professional world.

Conferences are great. I always learn something and now that I get to go to these national conferences with SCASL, I am lucky to get to see other parts of the United States that I would not have seen otherwise. 

Now to that stack of laundry,



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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1 Response to Mid-Winter is over!

  1. Cathy Nelson says:

    Hi Val–Im tagging you with the Meme Passion Quilt. Beginning to hate memes!!
    Here are the rules:

    1. Think about what you are passionate about teaching your students.
    2. Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title.
    3. Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
    4. Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.

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