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ALA Annual True/False Test

The American Library Association Annual Conference is nigh, and I’m pleased to say that I’ll be attending and taking part in a session called Children’s and YA Book Blogs: Enhancing Library Services at 8:00 am on Sunday, June 27.

Please mark the following “true” or “false” (answer key below).

1. The room where our program is taking place (Washington Convention Center, 204 B/C) is actually the starting point of a Neil Gaiman book signing line. ____

2. I’ll be there riding the coattails of outstanding children’s lit bloggers Pam Coughlin (MotherReader) and Elizabeth Burns (A Chair, a Fireplace, a Tea Cozy). ____

3. Our session has been dubbed “The Early Blog Special” and waffles will be served. ____

4. Since the conference is in Washington D.C., I will desperately searching for any way to mention that I have done some Abe Lincoln impersonation in my day. ____

See you there!


1. False. That was a cheap ploy. Sorry about that.

2. True. Hopefully not literally – riding coattails really does a number on your tailbone, I hear.

3. The first half true (although I’m the only one calling it that), second part false (although, I wish).

4. True. “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a librarian convention…”

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. No waffles?! I demand a refund.

  2. Dammit. I’ll just add this to the pile of reasons why I wish I were going to ALA this year. Grumble grumble sadface.

  3. Sounds awesome, wish I was going… Have fun!

  4. Hi!

    Found your wonderful blog via the Salem Press awards and have enjoyed reading new and past posts! Just saw that you’re presenting at ALA – since I won’t be there this year (shucks!) I’m hoping you’ll post highlights or the presentation itself somewhere for those of us bound to our buildings? I hope I hope!!