Books and More Books, and Many for Free

While BookExpo might have been found somewhat lacking by publishers and booksellers, many school librarians were tickled pink to be there.

“Anytime they hand free books to librarians, it’s worth the trip” said Marcia Zinkel and Pamela McGowan, media specialists at Twin Valley High School in Elverson, PA in true-to-form school librarian style.

Lorraine Bartlett of Hampton Public Library and Sasha Matthews, teen librarian at Chesapeake Public Library, both in Virginia, had breakfast on Friday with Julie Andrews, Meg Cabot, and Tomie dePaola. While strolling the 1,500 exhibits, attendees also came across familiar faces signing their books, including Kathy Lee Gifford, Judy Collins, and Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot in charge of the emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River earlier this year.

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