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Seattle Here We Come!

Seattle is the Evergreen State. AJL is starting to plan our 2010 Convention in this beautiful Northwest location. Consequently, David Hirsch, AJL Vice President/President-Elect, and I traveled up the coast to meet with our local Seattle committee, Janet Heineck, Toby Harris, and Rita Frischer, to check out hotels and lay some groundwork. We stayed at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront and the Fairmont Olympic. Both hotels are downtown, in easy walking distance of many classic Seattle sights. Both hotels are gorgeous and elegant and have great meeting space. We are waiting for the proposals and will go with the one that gives us the best rates (of course!). But either hotel will be a dynamite spot for the Convention and family vacations. Both hotels treated us royally and bent over backwards to impress--- the Fairmont even copied our AJL logo in chocolate as a welcome dessert! Check out the photos to whet your appetite for Seattle in 2010...

While in Seattle, I spoke at the public library in North East Seattle about "Libraries as Bridges." We were able to generate some interest in the Association of Jewish Libraries and to encourage some of the local Seattle people to participate in helping to plan the Convention (and be involved before and after!). Many thanks to Rita Frischer for arranging the program and to Marion Scichilone, Seattle Public Library Branch Manager  of

the North East Branch for making space available. Meeting in this location emphasized the broad application of this program to anyone interested in  books and libraries.

A very special treat at the program was a visit by an icon of Jewish Children's literature -- Chaya Burstein. She is now living in Seattle and still writing!

"til Next Time,

Susan Dubin

AJL President

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