Instagramming ALA Annual 2017 (Part 1)
I just swam back from the American Library Association Annual Conference and boy are my arms and legs tired!
(Just kidding – we drove to Michigan City and took the train into town.)
The trip began with my usual show-offy Instagram post about how unprepared I like to be at these conferences. Here’s a quick history of what I bring to the conference . . .
YOU GET THE PICTURE
So what’s different this time out? Have I decided to end this ridiculous practice of sharing needlessly dramatic heavily filtered and vignette-d backpack pics? No, no, no
What’s different this time is that the family came with me. We got into town before the conference and hit all the must-see Chicago sites:
The Field Museum,
The Disturbing Lincoln Statue – you know, all the good stuff.
But eventually I had to get down to business. And first on the agenda was something that I never thought I would have the chance to do:
(Thanks to Candlewick Press for the photos)
I interviewed the great Katherine Paterson. She was open, honest, and funny – it was a good time. We recorded the chat for a future episode of The Yarn podcast.
And things were just getting started. Check back tomorrow for Part 2.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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