Happy Hour

Saturday, Jan. 26th
5:30 – 7:30pm
The Tap House Grill‘ 
1506 6th Ave’ 
Mingle with YA librarians and YA lit enthusiasts at this YALSA’ sponsored’ happy hour. Network, enjoy good company, and partake in complimentary appetizers and drinks.


The Tap House features over 160 beers on tap including local and national craft beers as well as a good selection of Belgians. They also serve cocktails, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Door Prizes
There will be giveaways featuring Seattle coffee and Seattle chocolate!

The Tap House Grill is located less than a block from the Convention Center. Note: Enter from the street and proceed down a long flight of stairs.

Karaoke Night

Saturday, Jan. 26th
9:30pm – 2am
The’ Spectator
529 Queen Anne Avenue North
After happy hour, take a quick nap or grab a bite to eat and then head over to The Spectator in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood for some karaoke shenanigans. Beginning at 9:30pm, Baby Ketten will bring their unique brand of karaoke, and according to their Facebook page, “bkk offers the best karaoke in the universe. period.”
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Even if you haven’t heard of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis yet, it’s likely that your library teens are big fans. Hailing from Seattle, the duo’s independently released album, The Heist entered at #1 on the US iTunes charts in October, 2012. In this video for the song “Thrift Shop,” you can listen to Macklemore extolling the virtues of thrifting while watching him patronize some of the recommended shops on this list.

Note: The song contains offensive language and is NSFW!

Seattle boasts a wide variety of thrift shops, vintage boutiques, and resale stores scattered throughout its neighborhoods. Sure, the city has great shopping downtown, but if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, not saturated with tourists, and a little less corporate, here are just a few favorites.
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In those precious hours between committee meetings, hitting the exhibit halls, and conference sessions, it’s always nice to catch up with friends you may only see once or twice a year.’  Here’s a list of places in Seattle you can spend a little time hanging out.

Take a walk down to Pike Place Market.’  If flying fish and touristy t-shirts aren’t your thing, descend the stairs from the Main Arcade and explore the labyrinth of shops below on the Down Under level.’  Browse antique shops, visit an international bazaar, or buy some art from local artists.

If you have an hour or two to spare, take a walk to the Frye Art Museum. In addition to the founding collection of 19th and 20th century European paintings, the museum also showcases Northwest artists. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and admission is free.
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Seattle has a thriving YA author population who set their books right here in Emerald City – or nearby. Whether you are attending Midwinter or not, here are a few titles to get you in a Pacific Northwest’ frame of mind.


‘ The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

Suffering from panic attacks, Jade finds it calming to watch the Woodland Park Zoo’s elephant webcam. Her fascination with the animals (and a boy she sees working with them) encourage her to get out of her comfort zone.

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So you’ve registered for Midwinter Meeting 2013, and you’re looking forward to attending the meetings, walking the exhibit hall, and sightseeing in Seattle. Now it’s time to find a place to stay. Unless you live in the area or have friends or family in Seattle with a spare bedroom, you’re going to need to start thinking about accommodations.

Luckily ALA has already worked out special rates for 14 different hotels which are all fairly close to the Convention Center. You can peruse those hotels here‘  and’ learn about booking here.
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Join YALSA members and those interested in YALSA’ to mingle at an informal Happy Hour at ALA Annual!

The event will be held on Saturday, June 23, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Morton’s Steakhouse on 1895 S. Harbor Blvd. It’s just a short walk from the Anaheim Convention Center.

Cocktail Group
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Stroll out to the back patio of the restaurant and kick off your conference at this informal networking opportunity. It’s a fantastic venue for meeting other YA librarians and YA lit enthusiasts! Cash bar; everyone is welcome.

Remember, if you haven’t registered for the conference yet, now is the time– YALSA members have until June 14th to take advantage of the Division Member rate of $230 for the entire conference. Be sure to take a look at YALSA’s list of events at ALA Annual so you can plan your schedule.

See you in Anaheim!

Are you getting excited about ALA Annual in Anaheim? It’s coming up in just a few short weeks! YALSA members can take advantage of the Division Member rate of $230 for the entire conference by June 14th. Use the ALA Conference Scheduler to plan out your activities, and check YALSA’s list of events at ALA Annual so you can be sure to catch all the sessions geared toward teen services librarians.

To follow our series of posts about good eats in the Orange County area, we now bring you some ways to keep up with your health and fitness routine during the conference.

Huntington Beach
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See you in Anaheim!

Get ready– ALA Annual in Anaheim is just around the corner! Be sure to’ take advantage of’ Division Member advance rates – $230 for the entire conference by June 14th for YALSA members. Once you’ve registered, plan out your conference activities with the ALA Conference Scheduler. YALSA’s list of events at ALA Annual will give you plenty of options for your schedule!

After a long day of meetings, programs and ARCs, a new question arises: Where can you get a drink and some nibbles? We’re wrapping up our series on Orange County restaurants with one last recommendation:

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It’s official: ALA Annual in Anaheim is less than one month away! Remember, YALSA members can take advantage of Division Member advance rates – $230 for the entire conference by June 14th. Once you’ve registered, plan out your conference activities with the ALA Conference Scheduler, and YALSA’s list of events at ALA Annual will give you some great ways to fill your schedule!

We’ve got another great Orange County restaurant recommendation for you today. Looking for a good gourmet burger? The restaurant chain Umami Burger is the burger of choice for many local Southern California residents.

Umami Burger in LA, CA
Photo by Yogma

Umami’s simple, but tasty menu and funky, urban atmosphere make this restaurant an ideal choice for small and large groups to get together and enjoy rich, savory, flavor-filled food. The Costa Mesa location is about a 20 minute drive south from the Anaheim Convention Center, and it is well worth the trip.

Created by a Los Angeles-based chef and entrepreneur, Umami is a Japanese word describing a pleasant and savory taste that is subtle, but expands your experience while eating. The chain now has 9 locations—one in Northern CA—but is rumored to be planning openings for approximately 35 new locations in the next 3 years.

It’s not just the mouth-watering beef burgers (the Manly Burger is a favorite!) that will catch your attention. There’s also an ahi tuna burger, a vegetarian burger, and even a chicken tandoori burger. Order one of these and a side of smushed potatoes (double fried creamer potatoes, seasoned with salt and pepper), and you are good to go. There’s also a “secret menu” containing other fried treats such as truffle fries and cheesy tater tots….mmmm….hmmmm!

Umami fries
Photo by stevebott

If you don’t mind a short drive out of Anaheim as you’re sightseeing in Orange County, check out Umami Burger for a gourmet burger experience that you won’t forget.

Find Umami Burger at 2981 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Phone number: (714) 957-8626.

Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am – 11 pm | Fri-Sat 11 am – 12 am

See you in Anaheim!

Have you registered for ALA Annual? YALSA members can take advantage of Division Member advance rates – $230 for the entire conference by June 14th. Once you’ve registered, plan out your conference activities with the ALA Conference Scheduler. Take a look at YALSA’s events at ALA Annual for ideas on how to fill your schedule!

And of course, you’ll need to eat.

Looking for unique street food without the big city hassle?’  Try Bruxie in the city of Orange: a gourmet waffle sandwich restaurant that has gotten a lot of buzz this year.’  From over a dozen savory or sweet waffle sandwiches filled with deliciousness, each pairing appears increasingly more delectable the longer you stare at the menu.’  Lightly crispy with a doughy center, these authentic Belgium waffles are more like bread than pancakes, which makes them perfect for any meal of the day.’  Be warned: sandwiches are generous in size and you’ll have a very difficult task of selecting just one.’  This is the perfect place to get a group together and order everything off the menu!

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Start with something savory.’  For good ol’ American soul food, try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffle sandwich, battered fried breast with a sliver of chili honey and a sprinkling of cider slaw.’  If you’re looking for more meet, try the Bruxie Burger, Angus beef with all the proper toppings wedged between a wide crispy waffle, or the Hot Pastrami Bruxie with gruyere cheese and cider slaw.’  Or for something a little more fancy, try the Smoked Salmon Bruxie—Michel Cordon Bleu smoked salmon with herb cream cheese, crispy cucumbers and chives in a waffle fold.

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Feeling nostalgic for your favorites?’  Bruxie takes care of that, too!’  In their waffle sandwich alter egos, PB and J, S’Mores, and Lemon Meringue Pie never sounded better.’  There are also vegetarian and gluten free options, but if you’re not satisfied with their offerings, as long as they have the ingredients, they can make it!

In keeping with the theme, Bruxie also offers waffle cut fries and Belgium waffle originals; get the Liege waffle with caramelized pearl sugar or a chocolate filled Liege with nutella or chocolate sauce.’  There’s also an entire menu of specialty drinks: Peets lattes, old fashioned sodas, ice cream floats and shakes.’  As if that wasn’t enough, they also have soft serve Wisconsin frozen custard and sundaes served in waffle cones!

Bruxie is located about five miles east of the Anaheim Convention Center in a quaint little neighborhood in the Chapman University district.’  Down the street are shops and cafes that look like homes interspersed between houses that are actually homes.’  There are no shortages of antique stores, so if you feel like a stroll, catch them before they close!’  For more info and pictures, visit their website at

Bruxie | Old Town Orange | 292 North Glassell Street, Orange, CA | 714-633-3900

Hours: 9am-9pm Sunday – Wednesday | 9am-10pm Thursday – Saturday

See you in Anaheim!