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Wisconsin Dells-Lake Delton Community Food Pantry

This year, WLA will sponsor a food drive to benefit the Wisconsin Dells-Lake Delton Community Food Pantry.  Bring your canned or non-perishable goods to the conference and deposit in the container located by the registration desk throughout the conference week.

The Wisconsin Dells-Lake Delton Community Food Pantry serves, on average, 235 households and 1,100 individuals each month.  They provide nutritionally balanced food packages and rely heavily on the generosity of the surrounding community and local organizations to meet this need. Suggested items include: 

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Tuna
  • Hamburger or Tuna Helper
  • Mac-n-Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Canned Fruits and Vegetables
  • Juice
  • Spaghetti Sauce and Pasta Noodles
  • Crackers
  • Coffee or Tea

Thank you, in advance, for your support and participation!

Registration Now Open!

Plan now to attend the largest library conference in the state, with programs to refresh your library's services, boost your skills, make connections and have fun!

Registration for the 2010 WLA conference is now open!  We encourage everyone to use our ONLINE registration system!   A PDF of the registration form is also available for your use.  Deadline for early, discounted registration is October 1, 2010

Pre-conferences begin on Tuesday, November 2, including "Lessons to Lead By: Assessing and Building Your Leadership Skills" and "Embracing and Enhancing the Role of Private Gifts in Managing your Library Budget."  On Wednesday, hear from Marilyn Johnson, our keynote speaker, author of This Book is Overdue.  From there, choose from dozens of breakout sessions on topics ranging from mobile devices in libraries, creating a successful Facebook page and the latest literary award winners. There's something for everyone!

Other special events include a “meet and mingle” happy hour, Circus World Library tour as well as the annual WLA Foundation Fundraiser, Bowling and Boards!! And, don’t forget the always entertaining Book Cart Drill Team Competition scheduled for Wednesday evening, November 3.  

Remember to reserve your room at the Kalahari -- it's the same fantastic $99 rate as in 2006!  Click here to access Kalahari's online reservation system and reference our Group ID 7886 and Password 452.

For more information and additional registration details and costs, visit the conference Web site.  Register early to take full advantage of these discounts!

Donate to the WLA Foundation Silent Auction!


I am pleased to be Chair of the 2010 WLAF Silent Auction. This year the conference is at the Kalahari Resort in 'the Dells'. What a great venue for a conference and an auction. When you are organizing your life and/or 'downsizing' your treasures, consider sharing a few of those carefully selected items with the Foundation Silent Auction. Pottery is wonderful, art work is really a gift and personal jewelry is a treasure to many. Beer works too, by the way.

Check out the Silent Auction information under Highlights & Speakers.  Please complete the Auction Contribution Form when donating an item. 


Looking forward to greeting each of you as you bid on the wonderful items available at the auction.  If I am not in the auction area....check the POOL. Our thanks for thinking of the Foundation as you rearrange your home and your life.


Bernie Bellin

2010 Silent Auction Chair


Guess who's coming to WLA?

Noted children's and young adult author Gordon Korman will be a featured speaker at this year's conference.

Gordon Korman wrote his first book when he was 12 years old and published it at 14. He has been writing ever since and has more than 60 titles to his credit. While his early books have been classified as "humorous realistic fiction," Korman's recent works, such as the Kidnapped series and the Island Trilogy, include more elements of adventure and suspense.  His most recent titles include Framed, a sequel to Swindle and Zoobreak, published by Scholastic and due out in Fall 2010, and Titanic, an adventure trilogy due to appear in Summer 2011.

Korman's books are timeless and beloved by readers of all ages!  For more information about Gordon Korman and a complete list of his titles, visit

Book Carts + Fancy Footwork = Fabulous Prizes!

It's time to gear up for the annual Book Cart Drill Team Competition at this year's Wisconsin Library Association Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Register your team and get crackin' on your routine for a chance to win a prize from DEMCO. The competition will take place on the evening of Wednesday, November 3rd.   Are you a Book Cart Drill Team newbie? Here's a sample from last year's competition:

For more information and/or to register your team, view the Wisconsin Library Association's Book Cart Drill Team Contest Rules and Registration Form.

Questions? Contact Kelley Hinton at">

WLA Conference 2010 - Marilyn Johnson is keynote speaker!
The 2010 WLA conference keynote speaker is acclaimed author Marilyn Johnson whose recent publication, This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, has been garnering rave reviews from readers inside and beyond our profession.

"What is it like to be a librarian in a world of too much information? Constant change, exploding technology, shrinking budgets, growing numbers of the baffled...could there be a better spot than behind the librarians' desk to watch the digital age unfold?"

We are delighted to host Marilyn Johnson for what is sure to be a enlightening and humorous keynote address! For more information about the author and her works, check out

Come with us on a journey to the Kalahari for the 2010 Annual Wisconsin Library Association Conference being held November 2-5, 2010, at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells.

Learn and explore while having some fun! Adventure comes in many forms - changing workplaces, technology advances and navigating new library roles.  This conference offers an opportunity to make new connections, learn new approaches for programming and services, reconnecting with friends and colleagues, and to have good time!

The Conference Planning Committee has met. We've toured the conference site and are excited about the venue and ideas.  Stop back often for new information about additional programing and events planned for this year's conference.

2010 Conference Co-Chairs:
Melissa McLimans, UW Digital Collections
Linda Vincent, Milwaukee Public Library