Reclaim the Magic!

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We hope you enjoyed your conference experience in Appleton and we look forward to seeing everyone November 2-5, 2010, at the Kalahari in the Dells!  Keep the Magic Alive!

Program Handouts


October 16, 2009

Magic Tricks for the Upcoming WLA Conference:  Reclaim the Magic!

Parking Your Broomstick:  Parking can be found across Superior Street from the hotel in the ramp.  It costs $1.00 to enter, and nothing to exit.  After 9:00 pm, entry costs $2.00.

Invisible Bridge Do Not Use:  Due to the bridge construction, College Avenue from Meade Street to Alton Court and the west leg of the roundabout are closed to thru traffic until the completion of the reconstruction of the bridge project.

Magical Wi-Fi Access:  At the Paper Valley, you can get free wireless access in your room and in public areas like the lobby.  There is no wireless access in the meeting rooms.  Other amenities at the hotel can be found at:


Amazing Moving Internet Access:  The Internet Room has been moved to the Mahler Board Room. (This is a change from the previous announcements and the conference program.)  


Plan Ahead for Feasts!:  Planning to attend one of the luncheons or the Awards Banquet?  You must have reservations to attend.  There will be no ordering of meals on site because of the issues this causes the hotel.


Wonder of Generosity:  A reminder that you can make this year wonderful for the St. Joseph Food Program by donating food items while at the conference.  A little generosity and caring goes a long way! Suggested items: Cereal, Canned Fruit, Mac 'n Cheese, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Flour/Sugar, Spaghetti Noodles, Spaghetti Sauce, Tuna, Jam/Jelly, Condiments, Meal Mixes/Side Dishes.  Cash donations are also welcome.


Hope to see you there!


October 5, 2009 WLA Food Drive Information



Hunger Hurts

WLA Food Drive for St. Joseph Food Program


In 1982, the St. Joseph Food Program began as a project of the Social Concerns Committee of the St. Joseph Parish in Appleton, Wisconsin.  Forty families were assisted that first year.  With the help of a caring community sharing food, money and volunteer time, the programs mission of feeding the hungry continues as a non-profit, non-denominational program reaching out to families in need.  The program receives no state or federal support and is not affiliated with Second Harvest.


Our year-end statistics for 2008 reflect the on-going need: 

  • 3,122 families/8,736 individuals were assisted
  • Nearly 2.5 million pounds of food (2,313,046) were distributed free of charge
  • 383 volunteers gave 55,740 hours to the operation of the program


WLA Conference attendees are encouraged to bring food items to the conference.  There will be a barrel near the registration area for collecting your donations.    Suggested items: Cereal, Canned Fruit, Mac 'n Cheese, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Flour/Sugar, Spaghetti Noodles, Spaghetti Sauce, Tuna, Jam/Jelly, Condiments, Meal Mixes/Side Dishes.  Cash donations are also welcome, as the Program purchases fresh produce and non-perishables regularly to keep their shelves stocked.


As a Librarian, you give so much every day in so many ways.  Please consider bringing an item to the conference to benefit those in the Fox Cities area who are struggling with the most basic needs.  Thank You.


Check it out!

You can now get a look at the culmination of your Conference Committee's hard work in making sure that you have a great selection of substantive programs, including two pre-conferences, engaging speakers,interesting special events and social activities to choose from over an exciting four days this October.  From time to time, also check out the exhibitors listing so you can plan your 'no confict' time around visits to long-time friends and new vendors to the exhibit hall. 

This year's committee chose the theme Reclaim the Magic, as Wisconsin libraries are...

  • looking to the future
    • These first two can include future trends in libraries, including trends in library buildings, including "green" libraries
    • They can also include helping people cope with, and adapt to, current and future societal changes, including supporting residents and society to adopt energy saving, ("green") practices
    proactive and progressive
  • helping people make sense of information and technology
  • helping people use information and technology to improve their lives
  • a source for improving education, health, recreation, business opportunity, job skills, etc.
    • These two include helping people to better themselves, to create a better "personal future"
  • an important community resource

In the words of one of your esteemed Conference Committee members (not to name names, but it's the chair of the Autographic Garden)..."it implies that the magic has been there all along and we just need to grasp it.  I think that is true for libraries.  They are magical places every day.  As library workers, however, we can burn out on the larger issues.  A conference is a place to rejuvenate and get excited all over again about our profession and how terrific it is.  Also, 'reclaim' is such a wonderful, strong word about taking back what is rightfully ours.  The magic is ours because we created it.  We can let it run away from us OR we can say 'yes, we had a stake in making this happen.'  Let's assure ourselves that we can sustain the magic into the future!"

Register Today!


July 8 Release

The 2009 Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference is quickly approaching. Reclaim the Magic will be held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, October 20-23. The registration form is now available in pdf format at under General Information. You will also be able to access the form via MemberClicks for easy registration at

At the conference link, you will also find some of the early highlights of the conference, such as keynote speaker and details on the preconferences that will be held. Here are some brief details about the two preconferences:

♦ Make a Splash - Read! focuses on the 2010 Summer Reading Program for children and teens. The day will be filled with great speakers and a visit to A Building for Kids, the Appleton Children's Museum.

♦ The Ethical Fitness Workshop, presented by Nancy Zimmerman and Veanna Baxter, will explore the issues and challenges to acting ethically. Participants will receive the Ethical Fitness workbook as part of their attendance.

You can also join in the fun with the 2nd Annual Book Cart Drill Team event which will be planned on a day with no conflicts so that we can all enjoy the skill and grace of the teams together and the laughter too.

Please join us in celebrating the magic that still resides in libraries across our state and register for the conference using either of the links above.

Tasha Saecker

PR Coordinator for the 2009 WLA Conference