What’s Past is Prologue

booksI’ve taken on a new reading project. It’s not directly related to my library work, but it’s reading, which is good all around, right?

So what am I doing? I’ve decided to read all 37 of William Shakespeare‘s plays. Why? Well, my father passed away last month. He was an English major in college, and he and my mother met in a Shakespeare class. I wish that I turn back the clock and ask him more about that class, and if he had a favorite Shakespeare play. I can’t even recall who his favorite authors were. (In his retired years, he enjoyed reading non-fiction works about sports, politics, and history.)

I wish I’d read more Shakespeare while Dad was still alive, but I’m doing it now. I already have Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth (finished last week) under my belt. Now I’m reading The Tempest.

The phrase “What’s past is prologue” happens to be from The Tempest. Although Dad’s not here anymore, he’s still inspiring me. He’d like this Shakespeare project of mine, I think.

 

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Back from ALA Midwinter in Denver

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Me in front of the Big Blue Bear

I really enjoyed the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver last weekend! Most of my time was spent in New Members Round Table (NMRT) meetings, but I enjoyed seeing a bit of Denver too! I stayed in a hotel right across from the Colorado Convention Center, which was so convenient. One of the most intriguing things about this convention center is that there’s a big bear statue outside (looking in!) It’s quite the attraction, and lots of people took photos of it, both inside and outside the convention center, while I was there. It snowed one day, which is when I took the photo of me (to the left) with the Big Blue Bear in the background.

In addition to NMRT meetings, I attended the Planning and Budget Assembly meeting, which gives a big picture of the ALA (American Library Association) budget. In addition, I organized a TweetUp–but no one stopped by. Planning was quick and publicity was small, so I wasn’t sure anyone would show up. I’ll think about trying a TweetUp at another ALA conference when I have time for more planning and publicity.

I enjoyed several meals with old friends, and met some new people too, always fun! The next ALA conference is ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans.

Heading to Denver for ALA Midwinter

General Images of Skylines and Buildings in DenverThe American Library Association‘s Midwinter Meeting starts a week from today in Denver! I’ve had such a busy few months (okay, a busy year), that I’m just starting to look forward to it. (Better late than never, right?!) I’ve been to Denver before, but it’s been about 30 years. It’ll be fun to see the city again!

In addition to my usual NMRT and ALCTS involvement, I’ve organized a Tweetup at the Networking Uncommons for next Friday, February 9, at 1:00! I hope to meet some fellow librarian Twitterers there.