by Kellie Tilton
Over the weekend of January 20th, UC Blue Ash Librarian traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, for the 2017 American Library Association’s MidWinter Conference. Although the purpose for attending was committee work on the Alex Awards, she had the chance to visit the exhibit halls, meet with other librarians (including the Librarian of Congress!), and visit local museums and restaurants.
Below are a few pictures she took on her travels.
Welcoming the 8,000+ librarians to Atlanta for the 2017 ALA MidWinter Conference.
The convention center was across the street from Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, commemorating the 1996 Olympic Games.
I had the opportunity to visit the World of Coke Taste It! exhibit, which had 100+ domestic and international beverages made by Coke-a-Cola. I tried every one. Seriously.
Total fangirl moment. By chance, some of my committee members and myself got to meet Dr. Carla Hayden, the current Librarian of Congress.
One of the banners around the convention center was timely – and made an important point.
I always try to find at least one museum or library to visit. In Atlanta, it had to be the Center for Puppetry Arts museum, which had a number of awesome interactive exhibits. I was pretty excited to see the Jim Henson exhibit, which included Big Bird!
The entire reason for my attendance at this conference was my involvement with the Alex Awards, which honors the Top 10 books written for adults that have appeal to young adults. This shot is from early Monday morning, when the awards are announced.