ALA – I’m here!

I’m in California and I could not be a bigger nerd about it. I’ve had a long travel day (not over yet, because I gained 3 hours – woohoo…my dream is to have extra hours added to my day).

So, first sign of me being a nerd was how excited I was to see people walking around with those little Mickey Mouse hats. Then, I actually saw a roller coaster with the Mouse on it. In love.

The trip was uneventful for me. There was a group of Columbia folks who were catching a 9:30am flight out of Atlanta (we landed in Atlanta from Columbia at 9:15am – guess what? They did not make their flight). My connecting flight was always 11:55am. Left ontime. I looked at the skymall catalog for the first time. There’s some crazy stuff in there and I wonder, does anyone actually buy items from it? My favorite, and something I would possibly order was this. I was not happy about the fact that movies are no longer free on the flight. I totally would have brought my Netflix, but oh well. Next time. I did like the flight trivia game where you play against other people on the plane. I did a very, very poor job of playing trivia, but it was fun all the same.

Right now, I’m in the hotel room waiting for Kitt (current President of SCASL) to show up. We will register and perhaps take in some sights and eat dinner. I’m hungry!

I have lots to look forward to this time around (last year’s ALA, I just wasn’t sure what I was doing, looking for, etc….this year, I know and I’m ready!). I’m going to the Newbery / Caldecott dinner, the Coretta Scott King breakfast. I have planned to take time out to take a tour of Hollywood and to check out Disney Land. There are programs I’m really looking forward to…tomorrow is Doug Johnson’s preconference:

Eating Elephant 2.0 One Bite at a Time: Using the Read- Write Web in Classrooms and Libraries
Friday, June 27, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
New web-based tools are opening exciting collaborative learning opportunities for educators. Find out how teachers and librarians are using wikis, blogs, feed readers, social book marking sites, and other Web 2.0 tools to increase student engagement in this new workshop.

I’m excited about this too (because I love doing the cute stuff in my job):

Sisters’ Act: Learn How to Make Your Library Activities Award Winning and Generate Enthusiastic Readers
Learn how to make your library activities award winning and generate enthusiastic readers. Come along with us and share fun lessons, worksheets, costumes and story time activities. This sister team has written four books that can be used as resources with ready to use worksheets and easy to follow lesson plans. During our program attendees will participate in a sample information literacy based lesson writing activity and receive practical ideas that will generate enthusiastic readers. Our session will be packed full and excitement is our motto.

Very excited!




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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