I woke up with leaden legs for the second day in a row, and I didn’t even bike anywhere yesterday! I guess lots of walking and dancing aren’t exactly rest, but I couldn’t imagine two days in a row without a little pedaling, so even though I deigned to drive to brunch this morning, I took the bike down to the Convention Center for another visit to the ALA convention. This time I had my badge, thanks to a helpful blog reader, so I locked up right outside and headed in to the exhibit hall to meet L. and C. for a tour of some bookmobiles–those things are huge and so awesome! The actual librarians soon tired of the exhibit hall, so I spent the rest of the afternoon there by myself, showing genuine interest in the products and possibilities offered by two zillion vendors. My first stop, though, wasn’t to talk about another database aggregator, but to talk about the privatization threat facing public libraries in California. Libraries are one of our few public resources that is not trying to sell us anything but our own curiosity; we can’t put that in the hands of a private for-profit company, people! There is good to public goods! And then they gave me a tote bag with a pen and a squishy thing in it, and I was in the mood for the rounds. I had a mango icee, a quick Japanese lesson, and some headphones at that booth, grabbed a pocket U.S. Constitution from this one, a book here, a bookmark there, cake and champagne, and on and on and on. I snapped this picture of a display of book carts and book return dropboxes, the second one I saw today. Yep, there are companies that appear to only make those things at the library that you don’t even notice are there, and today, they wanted my business. There are whole worlds just under the skin of stuff we wander past, and it was a treat to peek at the library’s underthings today. I biked around the Quarter in the rain, had a wonderful dinner with two wonderful librarians, and then rode home in the muggy post-rain air, entirely pleased with my Sunday. Here’s to the next convention!