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.
I stopped for a quick photo on Dupont Circle. I think Annette Bening made a bigger deal out of it in the “America President” than it was. Three quick blocks and I stopped at Kramer Books & Afterwords Café for Lunch. They have an amazing brunch/luncheon menu on Sundays and it is a restaurant attached to a bookstore. Nirvana! I had the crab cake open faced sandwich. ( I found it on Urban Spoon.)
After lunch, I walked the 2 blocks to the ALA Washington Office.
The training was inspiring. We had the opportunity to meet other librarians and media specialists from across the country.
I headed back to the host hotel after the meeting to meet up with my state delegation for dinner. We went to a local restaurant and talked about our goals and appointments for the next day. Oops! I was supposed to make some appointments!
After a quick breakfast the next morning, we were off to the Capitol to visit and discuss the issues. As usual Southern charm rules and the Florida delegation was warmly received by the staffers of our Representatives and Senators. Our delivery was professional and I believe our message was heard. I was encouraged that most were interested in us because we were their constituents in the districts. They heard our passion for and about libraries and invited us to come back to share what is happening in the district with them.