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ALA Annual Events

One of my favorite events of ALA is not a committee meeting. It’s a social event: The  Eighth Annual ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Awards for Excellence in Humane Literature. Monday, June 30th at the ALA Annual Conference Hilton Anaheim Pacific Ballroom A 5:30-7:30. Winning authors will be honored at the ceremony and SIGN BOOKS.  

Please RSVP at so there is plenty of food for all at this cocktail reception. I have a tendency to talk too much in the crowd <gasp, say it isn’t so> so I want to be sure there is something tasty for me to nibble on, too. You can go to the website for more information or drop by their booth #1580, also.

I wrote about this event last year. The room last year was CROWDED so be sure to get your rsvp in. 

Check out Grace Oliff’s article on classroom pets which includes a bibliography of books and websites. Walter Minkel reviewed the ASPCA Animaland site in 2002. It just keeps getting better. 

Why do you go to ALA Annual conference? 
Perhaps to do the work of the association (ALA, AASL, ALSC, YALSA, etc.).
Perhaps to represent your own state organization at Affiliate Assembly. 
Perhaps to visit the exhibits and gather up great deals.
Perhaps to participate in sessions, speakers, authors, and events.
Perhaps to see new books.
Perhaps to socialize.

Yes, I did say socialize. Let’s face it. You have many opportunities for professional development. Attending annual gives you the opportunity to combine all of the above AND socialize with colleagues who truly understand your needs. I enjoy socializing with librarians and library vendors. Come join us.


  1. Maryellen says:

    are you accepting my invitation?

  2. Maryellen says:

    are you accepting my invitation?

  3. Yes! I will be there, save a seat for me. Naw, don’t bother with the seat just the snack, I’ll be walking around talking most of the time anyway and would rather stand than sit. At least you can see why I understand the kids that can’t sit still.