Boston Arrival! Day One.
This year I am now official "The Press". Yup. And with that comes a certain sense of obligation. In brief, I feel required to blog as much as possible, whilst also running around like a chicken with my head cut off.
Now since today is Friday, not much is happening yet. Folks are registering for their badges, finding their hotel rooms, etc. The convention floor isn’t even open yet (though I heard it will be tonight at 5:30 so guess where I’m going . . .)
In any case, there’s always something to report.
I have the good fortune to be staying with three other ladies in this fine establishment of a view of the harbor here:
And merely across the bridge is the convention / possible airport.
Proof positive that I am actually in Boston, and not faking it in New York.
So, anywho, I took a stroll over the freezing bridge to the convention center today.
And since I am press I got to go in the press room. The honest-to-goodness press room.
The hope was to walk in and find a bunch of guys chomping on cigars, reading the papers, playing poker ala His Girl Friday. Alas . . .
All very professional, I’m afraid.
ALA is also on top of things in tersm of the Haiti Relief Fund. Look how quickly they had a banner made up!
As there wasn’t much to do yet, I took a stroll around the ALA Gift Shop. Lanyards this year consist of thin strings of elastic. So if pretty lanyards are where your head is . . .
And looky looky at this! They’re selling the medals all by themselves.
It’s enough to give a girl ideas, it does . . .
Newbery/Caldecott Banquet what-I-should-wear ideas.
There are attractive bags as well.
And posters that I’d not seen before.
And a little shameless self-promotion.
So I’m coming back across the bridge to my hotel when I spot these guys.
Civil War monument, you say? Oh no, oh no. Not even close.
Who knew? My sense of Boston essentially begins and ends with Good Will Hunting, so this was a surprise to me. Those of you in the know will not be surprised, though. I’m sure.
More as it comes! I’m now off to a lunch that will require some fast walking.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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