Off the Books ALA Annual Event: Library Make’N’Shake

If you’re looking for something hands-on to do that isn’t on the conference schedule, check out the Library Make’N’Shake hosted by Historypin, MIT Media Lab, Digital Public Library of America, and others. Drop into the event at The Howlin Wolf on Saturday, June 23 between 10am-5pm. The event will highlight non-profit partnerships with libraries with activities centered around STEAM, fundraising, community engagement, and more. Lunch will be served mid-day with snoballs from the famous Hansen’s to feast on in the afternoon.

Why should library staff and others working with teens attend? You will have the opportunity to connect with potential partners for both teen and intergenerational projects. Historypin (https://www.historypin.org/en/) will be launching a new product, Storybox, that would be a great, interactive tool to engage and empower future “teen historians” or to gather the community across generations to share their stories and local history. MIT Media Lab (https://www.media.mit.edu/) will host hands-on workshops involving the food computer, storytelling with data, and circuit making with circuit stickers.

If you cannot drop into the hands-on event, stop by for happy hour from 5-7 for small bites, networking opportunities and live music featuring the Stooges Brass Band. The Howlin Wolf is just two blocks from the convention center at 907 S. Peters Street (http://www.thehowlinwolf.com/). For more information visit https://www.librarymakeandshake.org/ or contact Jon Voss at Historypin: jon.voss@historypin.org.

Adrienne L. Strock is a member of the YALSA Local Arrangements Committee for ALA Annual 2018 and works for the New Orleans Public Library.

Explore Libraries at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference

Many of us love to visit other libraries while we are out of town, and there are plenty to visit in New Orleans that are accessible by streetcar or ferry. Streetcar fare is $1.25 for each ride. If you’re paying on the streetcar, you will need exact change. You can also purchase 1-day, 3-day, and 5-day in advance online (https://ecommerce.norta.com/Store), or download the RTA gomobile app (apple & android) and purchase passes from there. A ferry ride is $2.00 each way. Again, you will need exact change or you can purchase an integrated streetcar, bus, and ferry pass on the mobile app for a higher price.

Take the Algiers Point Ferry to the Cita Dennis Hubbell Library:

Cita Dennis Hubbell Library
725 Pelican Avenue
Hours: MON-THU, 10am-8pm; FRI-SAT: 10am-5pm

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Las Vegas: The New Downtown

As you are making your plans for ALA in Las Vegas, be sure to save some time to see more than just the Convention Center and the Strip. Just minutes north of the Las Vegas Strip lies the downtown area of Sin City. Its laid back atmosphere and hip young crowd are drawing more visitors away from the Strip. The last few years have seen a long-awaited revitalization effort taking place in the downtown area of Las Vegas.Vegas [Photo courtesy of www.sunset.com]

Thanks to the efforts of many investors and entrepreneurs, downtown is cleaning up its old image and bringing more culture, food, and fun to Sin City. The area hosts a series of events throughout the year, like the Vegas Valley Book Festival each fall, First Friday events each month, Vegas StrEATS Food Truck Festival, and most recently the Life Is Beautiful music festival that featured local artists The Killers. Continue reading

Getting Your Grub On, Vegas Style

by Jennifer Jost

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, the holiday when the more gluttonous among us celebrate what we are thankful for by stuffing ourselves with lots of good food. In Las Vegas you can celebrate Thanksgiving in this way any day of the year simply by visiting one of our famous buffets.

While Vegas buffets may have begun as a way to keep gamblers at the tables for as long as possible, providing a way to eat quickly for little money, many casino buffets today are a destination in themselves, with gourmet food and a price tag to match.

The newest and grandest addition to the  buffet scene is the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, which recently celebrated its first anniversary in true Vegas style, with a video choreographed by Emmy Nominated dancer/choreographer Travis Wall (of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance) :


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