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Wednesday, November 5



Registration for the WLA Conference is not necessary for this event—encourage your friends, family & colleagues to attend!

Join the area’s favorite live cover band, VO5, for a fun night of dancing to the hits of 70s & 80s!  We’ll take you back to when librarians wore platform shoes while programming with punch cards, and at the same time you’ll be making a pain-free contribution to the WLA Foundation.  Disco-appropriate attire encouraged, but not required.  The exciting night includes…

•Dance contest
•50/50 Raffle
•Prize for best costume 

WLA Foundation Fundraiser
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center  -- Convention A/H
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

$25 advance registration / $30 at the door

Registration for the WLA Conference is not necessary for this event.  Non-members can order tickets ahead of time online at

Under "Giving Level", click on "Other Amount", then indicate number of tickets by multiples of $25 in the “Total Contribution” box.  Under “I would like to designate my gift to the following fund” choose BOOKGIE NIGHTS. 

A fundraiser for the WLA Foundation.

Photo Credit: Paula A. White                     

Thursday, November 6

Aldo Leopold Center Tour

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$10 per person. Maximum of 40 participants.

Located on the land that inspired A Sand County Almanac, The Leopold Center boasts Platinum LEED ® Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Enjoy the Southern Wisconsin countryside on your brief trip to the Center, where you will learn the history of the site and the green features of the building, known as the greenest of its kind in the United States. Whether you are interested in building better libraries or learning how Aldo Leopold's legacy is being applied today and adapted for the future, this will be a great tour.

Transportation provided
Leave Kahalari Convention Center at 9:30 a.m.
Return to Kalahari Convention Center at 11:45 a.m. 

H.H. Bennett Studio Tour

Two people visiting the H.H. Bennett Studio.

$5.50 per person. Maximum of 40 participants.

The Henry Hamilton Bennett Studio, opened in 1865, is the oldest operating business in Wisconsin Dells. The current studio has been in operation since 1875, and was operated by Bennett's family until they donated the property to the Wisconsin Historical Society in 1998. On this guided tour of the museum and studio, visitors will see many of Bennett's printed photographic works, cameras and other innovations in photography, and learn about Bennett's roles in the advancement of photography, preservation of local history and the growth of Wisconsin's tourism industry.

Transportation provided
Leave Kalahari Convention Center at 1:30 p.m.
Return to Kalahari Convention Center at 4:00 p.m. 

Friday, November 7

Circus World Library Research Center and Archives Tour

Circus World Library

Sponsored by AWSL
No cost. Maximum of 40 participants. 

Don’t miss your chance to step into three-ring history! AWSL is sponsoring a tour of the Circus World Library and Archives in Baraboo! Ask questions of the resident librarian and archivist, see their special exhibits and rare artifacts, and go behind the scenes to see how the research library is run! (Please note, this tour only includes the library and archives and does not include the Circus World grounds). This 1 ½ hour tour of Circus World’s Robert L. Parkinson Library & Research Center will be led by Peter Shrake, Archivist.

Transportation provided
Leave Kalahari Convention Center at 8:00 a.m.
Return to Kalahari Convention Center at 10:45 a.m.