Tuesday, June 26, 2007

On the road in ... Washington, D.C.

I'm here in scorching Washington D.C. at the American Library Association conference - the biggest one in terms of attendence in their 100 year history. It's been a busy show but today is the last day (usually a slow one) so we're spelling each other off for some free time away from the booth. There is going to be a huge rally by librarians (and bookmobiles) around Capital Hill this morning to promote the need for funding for librarians. I'm going to try and catch it en route to the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Despite the heat and humidity, Washington is a great city for a conference - the Convention Centre is located right downtown, the metro is terrific (half an hour after getting off my plane, I was at my hotel) and most of the museums are free which allows quick dipping into those rooms that are of interest. More to come along with photos, hearing Julie Andrews talk, the best place to buy shoes and books and the best Thai restaurant in town!

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