Hello from beautiful San Francisco! Several thousand librarians are descending upon the city this weekend for the ALA Annual Conference, to talk about our profession, share ideas, and gain new knowledge of trends relevant to our work– including the realmoof YA literature! YALSA has a lot going on at this conference, and we here at The Hub will be doing our best to bring it all to you.
First up: actually getting to the conference. Never overlook a plane ride for its potential as a reader’s advisory occasion! My seatmate on the plane was reading Paper Towns by JohnGreen, and you know a librarian never passes up the chance to make book recommendations. Since she was enjoying John Green, I suggested she might try Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.
The entrance to the exhibits hall decked out with an eye-catching Golden Gate Bridge replica- very festive!
And here’s the same spot about ten minutes before the exhibits grand opening… librarian mob!
The exhibits hall on Friday evening was quite a rush… books everywhere! Librarians everywhere!
And then, the icing on top of an already fantastic evening– the Printz reception. Being in a room filled with fellow YA lit lovers celebrating some of the best YA books of the past year… it’s a kind of exhilaration that never gets old.
Stay tuned for more conference coverage coming up tomorrow!
-Allison Tran, currently reading Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby