By Julie Doepken
One of the best parts of attending any large library conference is the BOOKS! Everywhere, BOOKS! After attending AASL twice, I had an idea what to expect regarding access to advanced reader copies (ARCs) and giveaways, and ALA Midwinter was much the same. In fact, it felt a little like *the* place to be to see up and coming titles and series. Perhaps that was because of the buzz of anticipation over the Youth Media Awards and knowing attendees were on the search for the newest, best books for their libraries.
No matter where you looked, publishers had myriad books on display.
Their reps were ready to answer questions, offer an ARC of a particularly
inviting title, or encourage you to pick up and see for yourself if a book
would meet the needs of your library. You could start a conversation with
just about anyone within earshot, comparing notes on books already read,
books waiting to be read, or books newly discovered, or give or receive a
book recommendation. As the exhibit hall opened, conference goers
flooded through the doors and those wonderful free tote bags were soon
filled with books.
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