First, apologies to those who wound up not being able to get into the After Hours party on Saturday night of #ala12. The venue promised 250 librarians in, but after just 50, they started charging $10 at the door. There was much arguing and frustration, and in the end there was nothing we could do. In fact, I had a ton of trouble just getting in to my own event. The rumors were true, Warren G and Snoop were there for an album release party too, and something to the effect of their promoter(s) and venue bouncers getting in a fist fight over what the venue was pulling actually did happen.
Second, yes the event was a success otherwise, all categories were awarded. We were not really able to have the walkoff since the venue was not so accommodating there either, and it was nearly impossible to get a microphone for JP to Emcee. We hope to do this again another time but hopefully with better luck. Huge thanks to John Chrastka for organizing, JP Porcaro for emceeing, Lauren Comito for making the amazing sashes the winners received, the judges for judging, and everyone who attended and/or was unfortunately turned away at the door (so sorry about that, again, we really did not know!).
Some pictures! (Credits to Tina Marie Vella and Ingrid Abrams. Also see Ingrid’s recap here.)
We’re missing some photos from the event, so if you have any more that you took, please do a photo reply!