This article was originally posted on the YALSAblog at http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/2015/05/26/nlld15-first-time-attendee/.
So, at some point in February, I decided that I would apply for YALSA’s travel stipend to attend #NLLD15. I was hopeful and I received the award. So, I planned my trip, contacted my state coordinator, packed my bag, and was off to Washington.
I arrived at 12:30 on Sunday at Ronald Reagan International Airport. I took Southwest and was able to get a pretty economical ticket. I found my way to the METRO station, purchased a Smart Ride Card, and hopped on the Metro toward Dupont Circle. I was on my way to the First Time Attendee Session at the ALA Washington Office.
The meeting for first time attendees was amazing. We worked on techniques for speaking with Senators and Representatives. We talked about “the ask”. I even managed to take a selfie with the presenter, Stephanie Vance.
In the evening, we attended a reception for the librarians at the Dirksen Building, where some of the Senate Committees meet. I met the YALSA President and the Director and we were photobombed during a selfie. I also managed to photobomb the President of ALA during a speech to the delegates.
After a quick bite in the underground cafeteria, I was off to the METRO for one last ride to the Airport. Thank you, YALSA for the opportunity to #act4teens and represent the interests of Florida libraries in Washington.
For more information about the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), please visit www.yalsa.ala.org.