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WLA Conference
October 25-28, 2016
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Milwaukee, WI 



Tuesday, October 25

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

WiLS/WLA 3rd Annual Fall Classic: Sparks and Recreation
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Harmony 

Sparks and RecreationWLA is an action-packed conference, and WiLS wants to help you conserve all of your energy for the three exciting days of programs, speakers and events that will get you fired up with library inspiration. Enjoy the calm before the storm on Tuesday evening, relaxing with your colleagues and vendors, during a super chill night of board games, coloring and camaraderie. WiLS will be at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino with an arsenal of low-stress activities and snacks for you to enjoy. You can even wear your jammies because you won’t need to leave the hotel!

Wednesday, October 26

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Image result for milwaukee art museumMilwaukee Art Museum & Archives Tour - FILLED
The Milwaukee Art Museum includes the War Memorial Center, the Kahler Building, and the Quadracci Pavilion created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Its collection spans four floors and 40 galleries, including 15th-20th-century European and 17th-20th-century American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photographs, and folk art. Artists represented include Winslow Homer, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, and Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keeffe. This guided tour will also include an hour-long behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s Archive, including holdings from the Brooks Stevens Collection.

• Cost: $15 per person
• Transportation provided
• Limit: 20 people


5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

WLA logo Celebrating 125 Years
Celebrate WLA's 125th Anniversary Reception
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Exhibit Hall Foyer 




8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

WLAF Silent Auction Get Lucky  560 x 315WLA Foundation Fundraiser: Get Lucky Team Trivia 
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Serenity

What do you call an evening of trivia, award-winners, great food and drink, and even better company? We call it the WLA Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser! “Get Lucky” this year by joining us during the WLA Conference at Potawatomi Convention Center on Wednesday, October 26 from 8-11 PM and put your knowledge to the test! We know librarians are filled with answers to all kinds of trivial questions!

Think two brains are better than one – why not 8 brains? We welcome teams of up to 8 to form ahead or form at the event. The cost is only $25 a player if registered in advance, or $30 at the door. Come out and support Wisconsin libraries and let the games begin!!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

10:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians Tour of American Geographical Society Library at UW-Milwaukee
Description: AWSL is touring the American Geographical Society Library at UW-Milwaukee! Learn how the AGS Library is one of the premier collections of its kind in North America, with collections that date from the 15th century to the present and that are worldwide in their coverage. Explore resources including maps, atlases, books, globes, periodicals, photos and geospatial data. Discover how the AGS Library can support your project, library or community through instruction, research, outreach or hosting visiting scholars. Please join us for an in-depth introduction to this unique collection!
• Cost: Free
• Transportation provided
• Limit: 40 people 

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.




719.7595: Milwaukee’s Best – Tour of Milwaukee Public Library’s Newest Branches
Flex spaces, mixed-use properties, proactive service, innovative library design and more are just a bus tour away. Join MPL Branch Managers Tony Frausto and Amelia Osterud for a tour of Milwaukee Public Library's newest branch libraries: Villard Square, East and Tippecanoe. If you're building a new library, planning a renovation, or simply curious about the newest MPL branches, this is a ride you don’t want to miss!
• Cost: Free
• Transportation provided
• Limit: 24 people

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

Awards & Honors Reception
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Serenity

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

Sponsored by EBSCO

7:30 p.m. - 8: 15 p.m. 

Talk About It!
Join us for a discussion of two books, The Porcupine of Truth and Openly Straight, by Bill Konigsburg, Wednesday's YSS luncheon speaker, at the Canal Street Café (1611 W Canal Street).  Feel free to join us having read one or both books, or if you just heard Bill’s talk and want to discuss what he had to say!  Sponsored by YSS and the CCBC.

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

IMG 09852Milwaukee Central Public Library Reception
Come join us over at MPL’s Central Library for a FREE fun and casual reception with appetizers and a cash bar. This beautiful and historic building, first opened in 1898, will be open to you to explore from top (on our green roof) to bottom (our underground storage). Visit our subject rooms, our rarities collection and everything in between. Hear live music from the CNJ Latin Jazz trio and socialize with colleagues and friends. MCFLS’ Milwaukee Mixers mobile makerspace will be there with neat stuff to play with. Free shuttle service to and from the Potawatomi Hotel will be available and the building is fully accessible for all needs. You won’t want to miss it!


8:15 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Youth Services Social
Join youth services librarians for a fun, relaxed time together at the Canal Street Café (1611 W Canal Street). Buy a drink or some food, share laughter and great stories, meet new friends and enjoy old ones. All youth services librarians are invited to attend this event, sponsored by the YSS Board.


Friday, October 28, 2016

9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  

Image result for j. r. r. tolkienJ.R.R. Tolkien Archival Collection Tour - FILLED
The collection of J.R.R. Tolkien, housed at Marquette University’s Raynor Memorial Libraries, contains the original manuscripts and multiple working drafts for three of the author’s most celebrated books, The Hobbit, Farmer Giles of Ham, and The Lord of the Rings, as well as the original copy of the children’s book, Mr. Bliss. The collection also includes books by and about Tolkien, periodicals, audio and video recordings, and a host of published and unpublished materials relating to Tolkien’s life and fantasy writings. This guided tour will allow you to see selected original manuscripts from the collection.

• Cost: Free
• Transportation provided
• Limit: 20 people