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Wednesday, November 4

7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

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

8:30 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.

WiLS 2nd Annual Fall Classic: The Library Games
Keva Sports Center, Middleton (directions)
(transportation will be available) 

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!

Thursday, November 5

10:15 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.

Wisconsin Historical Society Tour
(Transportation will be provided)

Tour of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library and Archives Reading Rooms and highlights of recent collections and current exhibits.

1:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.

Holy Wisdom Monastery Tour
(Bus transportation from the Marriott to the Monastery provided; bus will leave promptly at 1:30 p.m.)

Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton features two main buildings: the Monastery, awarded the highest LEED certification and one of the "greenest" buildings in the U.S., and the newly renovated Retreat and Guest House; two hermitages and 138 acres of land, including restored prairies, a small glacial lake, woodlands, four miles of nature trails, gardens and orchards. The Monastery has an onsite library of 4,000 volumes, with collection strengths in the areas of scripture commentary, eco-spirituality, liberation theology and feminist theology. Tour attendees will be split into two groups to tour the buildings and grounds of this beautiful, eco-friendly sanctuary.

5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Awards & Honors Reception
Ballroom D and E

This is your opportunity to personally thank and interact with our award winners.

Sponsored by EBSCO


8:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

WLA Foundation Fundraiser: The Return of Librarians (Still) Rock 2.0

Two years ago, the WLAF lit up Green Bay with "Librarians Rock!", an amazing display of the musical talent within our Wisconsin libraries. But you haven't seen nothin' yet! The Return of Librarians (Still) Rock 2.0 will bring even more vocal adrenalin to the Madison Marriott West. And it's a fundraiser to boot!

•Dance contest
•50/50 Raffle

$20 advance registration / $25 at the door