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7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registration  
Madison Marriott West Convention Center Lobby
 

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 

Continental Breakfast
Madison Marriott West Hotel Atrium
 

7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

WLA Foundation Sweet 16 Silent Auction Drop-Off
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall
 

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Past Presidents’ Breakfast
Middleton
 

8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address: The City as Classroom...How Can We Embed the Library in the Community?
Ballroom D and E

Mita WilliamsMita Williams, Librarian, Leddy Library, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
In 1977, media scholar Marshall McCluhan published The City as Classroom: Understanding Language & Media, which considered that the city could be a learning tool as much as a school classroom itself.  With tablets and smart phones allowing us to bring the Internet with us as we travel through the world, we now interact with where we live and with our fellow residents in remarkable new ways. In this talk, Mita will explore the potential of these new interactions and see how libraries can engage in tactical urbanism as a means to bring us more fully into our communities.
 

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Activities in the Exhibit Hall
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall (Superior/Michigan)

Makerspace...stop by to play, experiment and make with your WLA makerspace coordinators!

 

WLA Foundation Sweet 16 Silent Auction
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall

Your chance to bid on the many donated items, including artwork, tasty food, valuable services and more, while benefiting the WLA Foundation! All bids close at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.
 

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Grand Opening and No Conflict Time in Exhibit Hall
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall

Join us for the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall and visit our many new and returning vendors.


10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Demo Stage
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall

Wisconsin Public Library Standards
Denise Anton Wright, Public Library Administration Consultant, Department of Public Instruction, Madison


11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Changing Children's Collections
Track: Building Collections
La Crosse

Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, Youth Services Librarian, La Crosse Public Library; Katherine Elchert, Public Services Director, Rice Lake Public Library
Ever heard of Picture Book City? Thinking about how a Tween collection might work at your library? Want to make nonfiction books more accessible to kids? Kelsey and Katherine will discuss their experiences with the process of creating nontraditional collections, how the changes affect circulation and patrons, and how you can start defining your community's needs and build creative collections of your own.

Connecting and Collecting: Community Engagement and Digital Collections in the Library
Track: Technology & Digital Services
Greenway

Heather James, Research and Instruction Librarian, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Library, Milwaukee; Michelle Sweetser, University Archivist, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Library, Milwaukee; Jean Zanoni, Associate Dean, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Library, Milwaukee
PACE: a Portal and Archive of Community Engagement is a social innovation initiative of Marquette University Libraries, which serves as a model for connecting campuses to communities. PACE archives, preserves and showcases digital content ranging from service learning in the local community to international programs. Panelists will make the case for why libraries are in the best position to serve as a nexus for engagement activities within their communities.

LIS Education: Innovating to Make it Happen
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Salon F

Michele Besant, Associate Director, UW-Madison SLIS; Kristin Eschenfelder, Professor, UW-Madison SLIS; Dorothea Salo, Faculty Associate, UW-Madison SLIS; Rebekah Willett, UW-Madison
How does LIS education need to innovate to deal with today's and tomorrow's challenges in the information professions? The presenters will share trends in characteristics of graduate LIS programs nationally, Bureau of Labor Statics forecasts and update you on current initiatives at UW-Madison SLIS. This interactive program will encourage discussion among audience members about trends and needs in LIS graduate education and professional development.

Mission Possible: Dealing with Difficult Customers
Track: Leadership/Professional Development
Salon H

Randa NobleRanda Noble, Professional Public Speaker and Customer Service Trainer, Rockford, IL
Everyone expects good customer service.  Sadly, our fast-paced society has lowered our expectations, both as customers and as providers. Learn why first impressions are important, how to become a better problem solver and how to be a better listener so that you raise your customer service from good to excellent. 

Principles of Data Visualization
Track: Other
Salon G 

Stef Morrill, Director, WiLS, Madison
What is a visualization? What makes a good visualization? What are some tools to create visualizations? We'll do some fun exercises to improve existing visualizations and to create our own. This session will be hands-on so please bring laptops if you have them! 

Thinking WAY Beyond the Box: Library Programming Outside the Realm of Possibilities (or Common Decency)
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Green Bay 

Jon Mark Bolthouse, Director, Fond du Lac Public Library; Brian Simons, Executive Director, Brown County Library, Green Bay
Sure you've had your patrons read to a dog, but why not have your canine companions replace your home-bound delivery van? You've transformed your Teen Center into a makerspace; why not go a step further and install a deer processing area in Large Print?  We're always being urged to "Think Outside the Box!" What happens when library leaders from DPI, WiLS, library systems and other libraries take it to the extreme? Come vote for the most outrageous, egregious, irreverent and irrelevant idea out there in Library Land!

What Is Bubbler?: Developing a Systemwide Approach to Arts and Making
Track: Collaborations & Innovations
Milwaukee

Rebecca Pettyjohn, Student, UW-Madison; Jaime Vache, Librarian, Madison Public Library; Alexandra Lakind, Doctoral Student, UW-Madison Curriculum and Instruction, Evironment and Resources; Nate Clark, Library Media Production Instructor, Madison Public Library
Madison Public Library's Bubbler: a maker-focused program for all ages. The Bubbler does not rely on a single space, but on a flexible programming model unique in its scope and community-based approach. The Bubbler has moved from a single hub to a network of programs and events specific to neighborhood library communities and their needs. As part of an IMLS National Leadership grant, Madison Public Library is developing a plan for expansion and sustainability. Hear what they're doing to move forward.

Yes, And: Improvising Your Way to A More Creative and Positive Library
Track: Engaging People
Salon B

Jill Markgraf, Professor and Head of Research & Instruction, UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library
The art of improvisation cultivates creativity, positivity, deep listening, active engagement, quick thinking and more. This session will share strategies for implementing the philosophy and practice of improv into the library to enhance professional performance, staff development and teaching. Expect to actively participate. Is the thought of doing improv outside of your comfort zone? All the more reason to give it a try. The improv philosophy is one of support, spontaneity and suspension of judgment!

 

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Career Center
Sponsored by UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, WLA
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall

Resume Review Drop-Off

Pamela O'Donnell, UW-Madison College Library; Julie S. Walker, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
Looking for a first job or applying for a new position and would like a second opinion of your resume? Drop it by the Career Center and have it reviewed by a librarian.  Come back to the Career Center between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to meet up and chat about it.

Free Professional Headshots with Kelly Doering of Stick People Productions
Sign up at the Career Center beginning Wednesday, November 4, for a five-minute photo session with one of Madison's premier photographers. there will be a limited number of drop-in, first-come-first-served slots available between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. the day of, so don't miss this opportunity to have a professional portrait to add to your website or LinkedIn profile.
 

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Demo Stage
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall 

LEGO Education Story Starter
Kathy Grotta, LEGO Education, Enfield, CT


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Public Library System Redesign Committee Meeting
La Crosse
 

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL) Business Meeting
Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub
1262 John Q. Hammons Drive, Madison 


YSS Luncheon:  Modern Codex
Mendota/Geneva

Duncan Tonatiuh, Author/Illustrator
In this presentation, Duncan will talk about how he became an author-illustrator. He will discuss his artistic process and how he looks for inspiration in the Ancient Art of the Américas to make books that are relevant to children, especially Latino children, nowadays. He will also address how children’s books can deal with important topics like social justice, history and art.

http://www.duncantonatiuh.com/

 

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

Career Center
Sponsored by UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, WLA
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall 

Speed Networking
New to librarianship? New to the conference? Just a people-person? Join us in the Exhibit Hall for this high-energy, high-fun way to meet fellow attendees and forge connections with others who share your passion for libraries. Using a round-robin approach, participants will spend five minutes sharing experiences/insights and leave the session with a dozen contacts and perhaps a buddy (or two). Here's your opportunity to put your business cards and/or LinkedIn profile to good use!

Demonstrating the Value of Academic Libraries Using Student Level Data: Linking Library Use and Experiences with Student Success
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Milwaukee

David Dettman, Assessment and Access Services Librarian, UW-Stevens Point
The library at UW-Stevens Point is gathering survey data during library instruction sessions and at library events that, in part, asks students to report on their use of library services and resources as well as their library experiences in general, including exposure to library instruction. By gathering student ID numbers, we can begin to show correlations between library use and experience, and student success as measured by grade point averages. Other findings will be shared.

Doing RDA: Identifying and Producing RDA-friendly Records (135-minute program; second session to follow at 2:45 p.m.; third session to follow at 4:30 p.m.)
Track: Mix-It-Up Programs
Salon H

Elizabeth Baus, Cataloging and Metadata Training Coordinator, Minitex, Minneapolis, MN
Workshop on how to incorporate RDA in daily workflows.

Quick and Easy Copyright (90 minute program; second session to follow at 2:45 p.m.)
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Salon B

Tomas A. Lipinski, Dean and Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies
This session covers the basics of the copyright law most relevant to libraries and librarians, including a primer on the works protected by copyright, the rights of copyright holders, and, more importantly, the use rights granted in the law such as fair use, specific library provisions and public performance rights. The session will help participants determine when a license is needed and when use is allowed under the law. Ample time for questions throughout!

Taking the "Difficult" Out of Difficult Conversations
Track: Leadership/Professional Development
Salon A

Laura V. Page, Principal Consultant, Page Management Consulting, Madison; Brian Simons, Executive Director, Brown County Library, Green Bay
Giving coaching feedback to staff is one of the most difficult communications leaders and managers do. Receivers can become defensive which can trigger our own reaction, and then the discussion can miss the goal of motivating change while preserving or strengthening the relationships. In this session, we will build on best practices for giving feedback and focus on how to get ourselves and receivers ready for feedback. We'll cover how to create a coaching culture. Expect a fast-paced and lively session, including some video clip analysis.

Three Unique Wisconsin Library Collections and a Delivery System...and How to Borrow from Them
Track: Collaborations & Innovations
Salon F

Linda Vincent, Management Librarian, Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, Milwaukee; Nell Fleming, Librarian, Wisconsin School for the Deaf, Delavan; Corey Baumann, Delivery Services Coordinator, South Central Library System, Madison; Lori Bessler, Reference LIbrarian, Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives, Madison
Don't miss out any longer on unique and valuable resources available in the state of Wisconsin, just a van ride away! Professionals from the Wisconsin State Historical Society Library, the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, the WESP-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Statewide Resource Library, and the South Central Library System, with delivery to state prison libraries, will discuss the unique materials that anyone can borrow. Foreign and domestic sign language studies, North American newspaper collections and local histories, LEGO Mindstorm robots, and audio magazines (like Playboy!) are all available to your patrons, if you know how to find them. Come and learn how to get more for your patrons!

Untraditional Resource Sharing: Using Partnerships and Private Suppliers for Fast Document Delivery
Track: Engaging People
Green Bay

Jeff Brunner, Community Liaison/Service Specialist, WiLS, Madison; Rachel Watters, Director, Wisconsin TechSearch, UW-Madison Wendt Library
As with all library services, the interlibrary loan and document delivery world is constantly changing. As libraries across the country are reducing their physical collections by canceling print subscriptions and withdrawing or putting collections in storage, it can be difficult to get articles from other institutions. This session will introduce you to some alternatives to traditional ILL that may help you speed your service without compromising quality or driving up your costs. Jeff will discuss the partnerships WiLS has developed with document suppliers to help libraries get articles fast (and at a discount!). Rachel has years of experience meeting customer demand for lightning fast document delivery and can share her tips and tricks for speedy delivery.

Using Excel to Create Visualizations (first 45 minutes of 90-minute presentation)
Salon G 

Stef Morrill, Director, WiLS, Madison 
In this extended session, we'll dive into how to create data visualizations using Excel. Attendees will learn the basics for making charts using Excel, and how to dress up the charts to make them clear and compelling. Bring your laptop for this hands-on session!

What Do You Mean, I Have to Teach Computers?
Track: Technology & Digital Services
Greenway

Lindsay Schmitt, Technology Librarian, La Crosse Public Library; Brendan Hubbs, Programming Librarian, La Crosse Public Library; Maria Hertel, Reference Librarian, La Crosse Public Library
Are you bombarded with the same computer questions every day? Struggling to meet the needs of patrons who have never used a computer? You are not alone. Come learn how the La Crosse Public Library has been meeting the technology needs of patrons through computer training. This session will provide ideas to get started, ways to assist patrons at any level and tips for success. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Wisconsin Marine Historical Society Treasures and Government Documents
Track: Building Collections
La Crosse

Constance Behrens-Huffstetter, Reference and Government Documents Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library
For over fifty years, the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society and the Milwaukee Public Library have jointly developed one of the most important repositories of Great Lakes historical materials in existence. Tour this great collection as we find the role that government documents - federal, state, local - play in Great Lakes nautical history. Welcome aboard! 


2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Demo Stage
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
From Seeds to Salsa: Growing Community through Seed Libraries
Heidi Cox, Director, E.D. Locke Public Library, McFarland

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Hope Institute of Uganda
Joy Ngobi, Janesville

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The World of World
Book
Michael Kane, World Book, Chicago 

 

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Engaging Teens Through Technology
Track: Engaging People
Greenway

Ashley Bieber, Teen Services Coordinator, L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire; Kelly Steiner, Library Media Specialist, School District of Baraboo; Emily Townsend, Librarian, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Madison; Carolyn Vidmar, Youth Services Librarian, Waunakee Public Library
This panel will combine research and practice to explore how libraries can promote innovative literacy offerings for teens. Panelists will discuss how school and public libraries can use technology and social media to increase teen engagement. Panelists will share feedback from teens in their communities and provide suggestions for implementing similar programs. To encourage further collaboration, books selected for Read On Wisconsin, a statewide literacy program that connects children and teens with great books, will be used.

Quick and Easy Copyright (continuing from 1:45 session)
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Salon B

Tomas A. Lipinski, Dean and Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies
This session covers the basics of the copyright law most relevant to libraries and librarians, including a primer on the works protected by copyright, the rights of copyright holders, and, more importantly, the use rights granted in the law such as fair use, specific library provisions and public performance rights. The session will help participants determine when a license is needed and when use is allowed under the law. Ample time for questions throughout!

Reaching Out Through Delivery
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
La Crosse

Kristie Hauer, Director, Shawano City-County Library; Cassie Cummings, Shawano City-County Library; Liz Vukelich, Shawano City-County Library
While implementing an interim bookmobile plan of service due to a staffing vacancy, the Shawano City-County Library quickly entered into a successful and rewarding process for both library staff and patrons. Instead of continuing to do what had always been done, staff rallied around a new approach to serving outlying patrons and, within four months, increased outreach circulation by over 45% and increased patrons and organizations served by nearly 25%. They will share their story (and tears!) over retiring the traditional bookmobile service that began in 1939, and charting a new course of outreach service with higher efficiencies and success.

Using Excel to Create Visualizations (second 45 minutes of 90-minute presentation)
Salon G 

Stef Morrill, Director, WiLS, Madison 
In this extended session, we'll continue to dive into how to create data visualizations using Excel. Attendees will learn the basics for making charts using Excel, and how to dress up the charts to make them clear and compelling. Bring your laptop for this hands-on session!

What is the Digital Public Library of America?
Track: Technology & Digital Services
Salon F

Dorothea Salo, Faculty Associate, UW-Madison SLIS; Molly Warren, Collection Management, Madison Public Library; Emily Pfotenhauer, WiLS, Madison; Kate Odahowski; Librarian, Madison Public Library; Carol Kaufman, Librarian, Columbia Correctional Institution, Portage
What is the Digital Public Library of America? Learn more from Wisconsin's DPLA community representatives.

WLA Literary Award Winner
Track: Collaborations & Innovations
Salon C

the WLA Literary Awards Committee recognizes contributions to the world of Literature and ideas by Wisconsin authors. Join us as we honor Nickolas Butler for Shotgun Lovesongs! Mr. Butler will discuss his work and there will be time for questions and a book signing. 

Wisconsin Women Making History: Their Stories. Our Legacy
Track: Building Collections
Green Bay

Lynne Blinkenberg, Director of Community Engagement, Wisconsin Public Television, Madison; Karla Strand, Gender and Women's Studies Librarian, UW-Madison
Wisconsin women have shared in the making of history from the centuries of Indian settlement, through subsequent waves of immigration, and through all our major social, environmental, political, economic and cultural movements. Wisconsin libraries can help make these histories visible and accessible, drawing on existing local resources and working to supplement missing narratives. Learn more about the building of the Wisconsin Women Making History collection and how your library can join this groundbreaking effort.

 

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

No Conflict Time in Exhibit Hall
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Career Center
Sponsored by UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, WLA
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall

Resume Pick-Up and Discussion  

Pamela O’Donnell, Senior Academic Librarian, UW-Madison College Library; Tanya Cobb, Student & Alumni Services Coordinator, UW-Madison SLIS; Betsy Bleck, Director, Oconomowoc Public Library; Anjali Bhasin, Librarian, UW-Madison SLIS; Maggie Heckelsmiller, Reference Librarian, Verona Public Library; Anna Palmer, Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison SLIS; Marge Loch-Wouters, Retired, La Crosse Public Library
Conference attendees who dropped off résumés or curricula vitae earlier in the day will meet with their reviewers for one-on-one discussions and receive pointers on using it to make the best impression.


4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Designing the Participatory Library
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Greenway

Mindy Sorg, Interior Designer, OPN Architects, Madison; Brad Brown, AIA, Principal, OPN Architects, Madison; Wesley Reynolds, AIA, Principal, OPN Architects, Madison
Following a devastating flood, a visionary group seized the opportunity to radically re-imagine the role of a library in the community. The Cedar Rapids Public Library re-opened in 2013 and the impact has been astonishing. The library has seen major increases in civic engagement, programming, and other traditional and nontraditional measures. This discussion with the library designers will address the design philosophy of the library, the choices that were made and take a candid look at the results.

Let's Make It Happen: Planning a Collaborative Community READ
Track: Collaborations & Innovations
La Crosse 

Nyama Marsh, Director, Whitefish Bay Public Library; Kathy Manning, Head of Circulation Services, North Shore Library, Glendale; Brian Williams-Van Klooster, Director, Brown Deer Public Library
Ever wanted to run a Community READ, but were too intimidated by all it takes to plan one? Many hands make for light work. Learn how to Make It Happen by collaborating with your neighboring libraries. Staff from Brown Deer Public Library, North Shore Library and Whitefish Bay Public Library will discuss their joint efforts this year for planning and implementing their North Shore Community READ.

Making Students Believers in Electronic Media
Track: Engaging People
Salon C

Michelle Gullickson, Library Assistant, ITT Technical Institute, Madison
Many students perceive electronic media, such as electronic textbooks, as a roadblock to their educational experience. How can library staff not only effectively train students to utilize these resources, but also instill in them the advantages of these technologies and their applications in their future workplaces? Michelle will discuss her developing experience on these topics working with adult learners at ITT Technical Institute.

Night at the Library: A Mingle Murder Mystery
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Salon G

Elizabeth Hough, Public Information Coordinator, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Melissa Carollo, Reference and Programming Librarian, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
Hedberg Public Library has hosted a Mingle Murder Mystery fundraiser event for the past five years. Join Elizabeth and Melissa for a discussion about developing partnerships, managing a show and hosting a successful party. They'll show you how they made their patrons' after-hours experience in the library a night to remember!

Notable Books Marathon
Track: Building Collections
Salon B

Jean Anderson, Continuing Education Consultant, South Central Library System, Madison; Helene Androski, Retired, UW-Madison Memorial Library; Eliot Finkelstein, Public Services Librarian, UW-Madison College Library; Amy Lutzke, Assistant Director, Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson
The annual Notable Books Marathon is once again hosted by the READ section. Librarians from across the state will be discussing books from ALA's Notable Books list as well as titles from the current WLA Literary Award Committee's list of Outstanding Achievement winners. As always, this will be a fun and fast paced program!

Sustaining a Culture of Learning: Incentivizing Professional Development for Library Staff
Track: Leadership & Professional Development
Milwaukee

Jennifer Endres-Way, Director, Ruth Culver Community Library, Prairie du Sac; Meredith Lowe, Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison SLIS Continuing Education Services; Lexy Spry, Training Specialist, Widen Enterprises, Madison; Laurie Freund, Coordinator of Library Development, Bridges Library System, Waukesha; Peter Gilbert, Director, Lawrence University Seeley G. Mudd Library
Librarians and library staff face several challenges while seeking continuing education opportunities: limitations on funds, time and support. How can libraries create cultures of learning by providing encouragement and support for their staff? What kinds of training tend to be a good return on investment? How can a director or manager encourage a reluctant learner on their staff? Join this panel discussion with librarians in several types of institutions and add your own ideas!

Toddlers & Tablets: New Media in the Lives of Young Children, Their Caregivers and Librarians
Track: Technology & Digital Services
Salon A

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Carissa Christner, Youth Services Librarian, Madison Public Library
New media can be described as the ever-evolving software (e.g. apps) and hardware (e.g. tablets) that are radically influencing the childhood experience. 24 Wisconsin librarians participated in the Growing Wisconsin Readers New Media Training in March. Find out how participants have integrated new media into new and existing library collections, programs and services. This session will be facilitated by a trainer from the national Little eLit network, the DPI consultant and training participants.


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

WLA/WLAF Annual Business Meeting
Green Bay 

Agenda

  • 2014 WLA/WLAF Business Meeting Minutes
  • 2015 Resolutions 
    1. Resolution of Appreciation and Commendation from the Membership
    2. Resolution Encouraging WLA Membership and Attendance at the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference
    3. Resolution Honoring Anthony H. (Tony) Driessen
    4. Resolution for the 125th Anniversary of the Wisconsin Library Association

 

5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL) Social
Madison Marriott West - Falling Water Grill

 

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

UW-Madison SLIS Alumni Reunion
La Crosse

UW-Milwaukee SOIS Alumni Reunion
Milwaukee
 

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Make Dessert Happen: Middleton Public Library Open House
Middleton Public Library
7425 Hubbard Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562 

Hop on the FREE Middleton Trolley and visit the Middleton Public Library for some delicious, locally-produced desserts and explore our wonderful facility.  Library trustees and staff will be on hand to answer questions about our 3-D Printer, our Automated Materials Handling system (our sorter), our on-going feasibility study and more.

Make It Happen with WISL
Salon G

Sherry Machones, Director, Edgerton Public Library; Erin Foley, Director, Adams County Public Library, Adams
Back by popular demand, this get-together will pit librarians against each other with an all new "Wisconsin" Cards Against Librarians deck! We will also showcase the new card game, made famous on Kickstarter, Exploding Kittens!


7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Youth Services Section Meet Up and Social
Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub
1262 John Q. Hammons Drive
Madison 

 

8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 

WiLS 2nd Annual Fall Classic: The Library Games
Keva Sports Center, Middleton 

Bus will load at the front of the Madison Marriott Convention Center Lobby entrance at 8:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; bus will return from Keva at the end of the event.

How many times in your life have you spent an evening building book towers, racing on carts, bowling with coconuts and flinging cats at your friends?  None?  Let's change that!

Join your colleagues - librarians and vendors alike - for an evening of games and trivia and food and drink at Keva. Hosted by WiLS and sponsored by WiLS' vendor partners, the event will be free to attend and transportation will be provided to and from the conference hotel. Wouldn't you like to know if cat flinging is your superpower, or if you're an all-star coconut bowler?  Join us to find out, and have a lot of fun in the process!