There are many reasons to be gleeful about attending ALA in Boston, but one reason that stuck in my mind particularly had to do with ducks.
Ducks in a row, to be precise.
Wandering about the streets of Boston I was impressed by the lovely architecture.
Note the Starbucks. Even it looks classy in that building.
But then I ran across the Boston Commons and you know what that means?
Yup! It’s the Make Way for Ducklings bronzed characters! I took my shots while I could.
They’re surprisingly larger than you might expect. A kid can easily ride Mama Duck without worrying that her ankles will buckle under the weight. I had the pleasure of listening to one tourist berate another for asking where the Papa Duck was. A cultural touchstone, to say the least.
Off to the conference floor! More soon!
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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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