dreaming of DC

Although we are still about 3 weeks away, I am already thinking of the conference in DC. Before I became active in YALSA, I spent lots of time cruising the exhibits. So, first timers, wear comfy shoes and plan your attack on the aisles of exhibitors. I make a list of booths I want to be sure to hit (for me, those are the publishers of YA boks in patrticular) so I do not miss anyone.

Much of my time on the weekend will be spent in committee meetings. For those of you looking for a great time, stop by and spend some time with BBYA and QP and listen to the book talk. Of course, if you can go listen to the teens when they come to the BBYA meeting, you will marvel at the depth of their passion about favorite books.

YALSA All Committee meeting is a must see especially if you are looking to be more active in our organization. This is where a great deal of YALSA business is conducted. If there is a committee you are particularly interested in, visit them.

Receptions, dinners, meetings, exhibits: is it possible to get it all in? Yes, if you do not mind coming back home exhausted. Since I head to the Virgin Islands for a week after I get back, I can relax then. For now, I am already mentally packing my suitcase (and bringing an empty one to be checked on the way home with “stuff.”

Oh, and don’t forget to visit the YALSA booth!

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Still Things to Do

Even if you do not serve on a committee, did you know there are ways to become involved in their work? Nominating books for Quick Picks, BBYA, and other lists is one way you can contribute to the work of these committees. Instead of bemoaning the fact that your favorite book was overlooked (something I admit readily to doing in the past), fill out an online form and nominate it for the committee’s consideration. Field nominations are welcome because committee members do not always see the latest books.

It is not too late to volunteer for service down the road, either. Be active and make YALSA even stronger by your participation.

Posted by Teri Lesesne