Midwinter Must Dos: A Glimpse at Some of the Many Events and Activities That Are Sure to Keep You Busy during the Meeting

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THE FIRST STARBUCKS ... AND WINE

Visit the original Starbucks store, opened in 1976 at 1912 Pike Place Market. (The store was first at 2000 Western, launching in 1971, but moved here five years later.) it retains the original look, but the coffee is what you'd find at any of their nearly 20,000 locations worldwide.

Another Starbucks you might want to try: 1500 E. Olive Way, which serves wine and beer after 2 p.m.

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The Conversation Starts Here ...

Want to engage with colleagues during Midwinter? Consider these options:

* Hear and share how libraries are building community and undergoing transformation for the future at in-depth, facilitated afternoon conversations. This series debuted at Midwinter 2012, during which David Lankes's "Empowering Voices, Transforming Communities" garnered rave reviews.

* ALA Masters Series: Library specialists describe their latest inhouse innovations in 30-minute sessions.

* Library Unconference (January 25) folds unstructured conversations into opportunities to learn and network.

* Library Camp (January 28) gets attendees together to talk about anything library or Midwinter related.

* Networking Uncommons is a Wi-Fi-enabled gathering place for impromptu sessions and follow-up conversations.

Awards and Honors

OMG! YMAs!

Each year dozens of committee members spend months poring over innumerable titles to bring you the internationally recognized Youth Media Awards, which honor books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. The prestigious Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz are among the awards and medals that will be announced January 28.

Adult Lit

For those looking for the best in adult literature, you may want to check out RUSA's popular Midwinter Book and Media Awards reception (January 27) in honor of the release of the 2013 Notable Books list.

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Special Ticketed Events

Jet-lagged and eating too much conference food? Get a dose of wellness at Think Fit Yoga (January 27), a 60-minute session led by certified yoga instructors. If tea and finger sandwiches are more your pace, you may prefer the annual Gala Author Tea event (January 28), which features bestselling authors and book signings (hosted by United for Libraries). …

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