Focusing on Youth at ALA Midwinter in Boston

Attending midwinter in Boston? Some say midwinter is just about committee meetings but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Midwinter’s always been one of my favorite conferences; a wonderful combo of lots of learning opportunities and time to catch up with old and new friends from around the country! Plus, it’s when the Youth Media Awards are announced-an event NOT to be missed, even for someone like me who is not a morning person!

Not sure what to do at midwinter? All the youth associations have you covered:

AASL

ALSC

YALSA

Did you know you can drop in on open meetings like Notable Children’s Books or Great Graphic Novels for Teens and listen in on the discussion? Not only will you hear about the best titles from the year but you’ll get a taste for what this committee work is like. Another favorite of mine is the Best Fiction for Young Adults Teen Session where you hear local teens talk about their favorite new books. You can also participate in a variety of discussion groups from Digital Media to Emerging Trends or check out Ignite Sessions for a slate of short presentations by your peers.

ALA’s conference site provides all the information you need on featured speakers and education opportunities. You can also sign in and use their scheduler tool to favorite events and save them in your calendar. Then take it with you using the mobile version of the site!

And don’t discredit the exhibits-only pass. This is an affordable way to feel some of the excitement and buzz of midwinter. Speaking of buzz, some great events happen in the exhibit hall including the Book Buzz Theater, What’s Cooking demos and the PopTop Stage along with book signings from some of your favorite authors. Oh and did I mention the swag? ARCs, totebags, stressballs, candy and more await you and you won’t have to ship it home in a box! MLS will be in booth 1545 be sure to stop by and say hi!

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