After a “rough” start – meaning no start – yesterday, today was a much better experience!
Arrived just before the exhibits opening and walked through the ALA Store. This was the first time in my experience that the store was outside the actual exhibit hall area – and it was already open! Saw a few interesting items and will stop back on Monday to see if they are still there before I leave to purchase them!
Since I only purchased an exhibits pass, naturally, all I did today was roam the exhibit hall and get author signatures and pick up a few books and promotional items. I was VERY selective in what I would pick up! Only YA titles and/or books by my favorite authors. For the most part I stuck to my guns and ended up only mailing back one “medium” box today and filling half my bag again! Tomorrow I plan to be just as diligent! However, since I’ve been invited to attend a sneak peak tomorrow morning of Libraries Unlimited’s forthcoming School Library Connection, I’m not going to have as much time to spend in the exhibits! Kathy Sutusky has graciously agreed to get a few of my “must have” author signatures on my bag for me (and pick up their books if she can) while I’m in the meeting.
Signatures on my bag in order (front to back): Jayne Ann Krentz; Gabrielle Prendergast; Melody Anne; Jennifer Ryan; Neal Shusterman; Allen Stratton; Laura Ruby; Kelley Armstrong; Joey Pigza aka Rotten Ralph aka Jack Gantos; Megan McDonald; and Gail Giles
The highlights of my day were the first and last signatures I obtained: Jayne Ann Krentz (one of my favorite romance authors) and Gail Giles (my absolutely favorite and best go to YA authors for reluctant readers!) In fact, I waited over two hours just to meet Gail Giles and get her signature. I was first in the booth for her signing and when she arrived I adminted to her I was stalking her and told her my story. I explained that her book “Shattering Glass” has been the “go to” book for me for the past 13 years. I simply hand them the book and say read the first paragraph and you wont give it back. I’ve only had one student ever hand me the book back and I think he only did it ’cause I said no one does!
And of course, Jack Gantos was a hoot! First one to have fun and take liberties when filling in my bag/date dues and using his alter egos and doodling! Loved it!
I capped off the day with a South Carolina librarians meet up at the Thirsty Bear and dinner at Fang with my SCASL peeps! Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!