ALA Mode

Posted in Conferences at 10:35 am by Janet

I spent much of this weekend at ALA in downtown Chicago. I had a great time and saw lots of wonderful people, but I’m still tired out! However, I will ignore my fatigue and tell you some ALA dirt while it’s still fresh in my mind. In keeping with the nature of this blog, I’ll stick to the gossippy side of things.

Janet’s Top Five Observations of ALA

1. One librarian picking her nose and eating it during a session

2. One librarian reading a Kindle

3. Two librarians knitting

4. Librarians who need more exercise. [Note: I include myself in this group right now, due to my exercise-inhibiting knee problems.] Please, just because you like to read doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise! Come on, you can listen to audiobooks while you exercise. I’ve even been known to read magazines at the gym! Please! Think of your health! When I run ALA, which of course will be sometime after my knee gets better, I will impose a manditory exercise session every morning. It’ll give everyone a little more energy to wander around the conference hall…

5. Simon and Schuster drinking game. I sat behind the Simon and Schuster table at the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet. First I noticed they had A LOT of wine bottles at their tables. Then I noticed that they all seemed to be drinking at the same time. Here’s what I worked out. During Beth Krommes’s speech for Caldecott winner The House in the Night, they took a drink every time Krommes said ”house” or “night.” During Neil Gaiman’s and Ashley Bryant’s speeches, they took a drink every time the speaker said “magic” or “imagination.” This went on for at least two hours. You gotta admire their stamina!


  1. Amanda said,

    July 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    You did NOT see someone picking and eating. I’m totally gagging. Seriously.

  2. Bridget said,

    July 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I can’t believe it either! I was feeling sad that I missed ALA, but at least I was saved a view of nose picking!
    I would liked to have seen the drinking game though and, of course, you two.

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