Monday morning was when I was scheduled to present as the outgoing chair of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge Jury. It was intended to be an overview of the reading challenge. It went well, as far as I could tell. YA author Paul Volponi spoke as one of the authors involved in the upcoming year, and Jimmy Hart, aka The Mouth of the South, spoke as a WWE representative. I was extremely nervous, and will not be rushing to present again, but I survived, received complements, and snagged a quick (blurry) picture with Jimmy Hart.
In the afternoon, I attended a YALSA session on labeling/rating/censorship of books titled “Whose Common Sense? How Labeling Systems Hurt Young Readers.” The panel (including a high school student and David Levithan) were are well-spoken, thoughtful, and passionate. A big chunk of the audience Q&A was centered around the Gurdon/YA Saves debate. Again, a session that provided food for thought, although not much concrete info.
That night was the Michael L. Printz program. I have been a very bad librarian and did not read any of the books recognized, but I still enjoyed the speeches.
Tuesday was tourist day for me, Kelly, and Tiffany! We had a lot of fun rambling around NOLA. While it was incredibly hot and humid, I fell in love with the city and hope to go back some day – just not in the summer. Here are some photos:
Louis Armstrong with a bird on his head:
Gorgeous big tree in Jackson Square:
I loved the old gas lamps, the wrought iron, the architecture…*sigh*
We stopped at Meltdown for popsicles twice – so very delicious! Gourmet flavors like mango cilantro. A MUST DO in New Orleans if you are there. Facebook page, Yelp page. The owner is very nice and happy to chat or let you hang in her small shop to enjoy your treat.
Tuesday night, we went out for dinner at Cochon. HIGHLY recommend it! Our waiter was very knowledgable about the menu without ever being snobby about it – so great with guidance and recommendations!
Wednesday I had the morning to myself before an afternoon flight, so I wandered some more.
Church in Jackson Square:
And then it was time to go home!
Thank you ALA for a good conference. Maybe you should work on room sizes in the future.
Thank you, New Orleans, for welcoming us library-types to your city with open arms and awesome hospitality. I can’t wait to go back.