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October 23-26, 2018
Radisson La Crosse and La Crosse Convention Center
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601

7:00 A.M - 7:00 P.M 

La Crosse Center South Hall Lobby

7:00 A.M. - 8:30 A.M. 

Continental Breakfast
La Crosse Center South Hall - Second Floor Hallway

7:00 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.

WLA Foundation Silent Auction Drop-Off
La Crosse Center South Hall - Exhibit Hall

7:30 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.

Past Presidents’ Breakfast
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Wisconsin I

8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

Keynote Address: Igniting Interest in Every Child at Every Level
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom

Madison SybilSybil Madison-Boyd, Ph.D.
How do we ensure that everyone is supported in their journey to discover their passions and abilities?

This keynote address identifies and generates ideas, tools and design approaches to impacting youth from our realms of influence in libraries. This collective conversation focuses on libraries as public spaces that have a unique power to ignite and propel interest and development at every level.

10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Activities in Exhibit Hall
La Crosse Center South Hall (Lower Level)

Sign Up for Thursday Headshots with Kelly Doering of Stick People Productions
Sign up at the Career Center beginning on Wednesday, October 24, for a five-minute photo session with one of Madison's premiere photographers. There will be a limited number of drop-in, first-come-first-served slots available between 1:00 p.m. 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.

WLA Foundation Silent Auction
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. - 1:00 p.m.
Rèsumè Review: Drop-Off
Looking for a first job? Applying for a new position? Have a library manager review your résumé first! Drop it off at the Career Center in the Exhibits Hall between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and it will be reviewed by a library administrator. Stop back between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and view the results.

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rèsumè Review: Pick-Up
Conference attendees who dropped off rèsumès or curricula vitae earlier in the day can pick up their rèsumès and view the results.

10:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.

Grand Opening and No Conflict Time in Exhibit Hal
La Crosse Center South Hall - Exhibit Hall (Lower Level) 

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

10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Hands-On Programs — Craft It - Traveler's Notebooks
La Crosse Center South Hall - Lower Level (Outside of Exhibit Hall)

Kathy Kabat, La Crosse Public Library
Whether you journal, make mini-scrapbooks, write about your travel adventures or need a fancy to-do list - make it yourself. Join us in making a traveler's notebook, which is a reusable cover that uses elastic bands to hold multiple small notebooks or inserts and keeps your place with decorative ribbons.

Rèsumè Review: Drop-Off
La Crosse Center South Hall - Exhibit Hall

Looking for a first job? Applying for a new position? Have a library manager review your résumé first! Drop it off at the Career Center in the Exhibits Hall between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and it will be reviewed by a library administrator. Stop back between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and view the results.

11:00 A.M. - 11:45 A.M. 

Approaching the Library Future: Progress Without Plans
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Anna Stadick, UW-Parkside Library, Kenosha
Is it possible to see the library future? How far ahead should we be looking? The woman who cuts my hair, Arthur C. Clarke, and the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries have some suggestions. This presentation looks at the process of prediction and envisioning the future of academic libraries, as well as models for planning, and asks what processes may be most helpful and efficient.

Bringing Teens to the Library Through Volunteering
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3

Ashlee Kunkel, Milton Public Library
They say if you feed them, they will come. But what else brings teens to the library? Volunteer opportunities! Teens are constantly looking for volunteer hours, but libraries only have so many books to shelve and crafts to cut out. Ashlee from the Milton Public Library will talk about the ways she has encouraged teens to volunteer at the library, and, in doing so, has created some lasting and unique programs.

Discussions Anytime, Anywhere: Creating Community Facebook Groups
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4

Becky Rech, Hennepin County Library, MN
Finding a time that works for everyone is one of the biggest challenges in starting a new discussion group at the library. What if patrons could participate fully at any time, day or night, and anywhere by using a Facebook Group? Facebook Groups allow patrons to participate in library programming from any location convenient to them. Learn how to facilitate and manage a Facebook Group, as well as discover ideas for marketing and creating content for it.

Maximizing Your Conference Experience
La Crosse Center South Hall - Boardroom C

Nyama Reed, Whitefish Bay Public Library; Marge Loch-Wouters, WLA President
Are you a first-time WLA Conference attendee? Do you have general questions about how to get the most out of your conference experience? Attend this orientation session for tips on navigating the conference, getting to know other professionals and to learn how WLA can help you fulfill your passion for libraries.

Podcasting Our Way to Better Leadership
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B

Mary Jordan, Executive Director, Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange
Leadership in libraries is an eternal learning process. In our multitype library system, we create and share a podcast, Linking Our Libraries, to provide one tool to help library people build their leadership skills. Based on years of teaching management classes, research in library management, and writing a management textbook, we are building important new skills each season. Podcasts make learning easy: It's bite-sized, it's portable, and we have fun with our topics! In this session we look at our strategies for content creation and give the participants tools to consider building their own podcast training programs.

Spratford BeckyStayin' in Genre Shape
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C

Becky Spratford, La Grange, IL
Once you know what makes a mystery a mystery or a fantasy a fantasy and why a patron may prefer one of those genres to another, it is time to move on to the next step...keeping that genre knowledge up to date. Yes, Harry Potter will always be classified a fantasy and Agatha Christie a mystery, but within those larger categories there are smaller subgenres and trends that evolve over time. Join Becky as she gives you a workout plan for staying in genre shape. She will show you not only how vital it is to stay on top of the changes within genre fiction, but also how easy and, more importantly, fun it is to stay in genre shape. Together you will rethink the entire concept of genre and how to use it to help readers find their next good read.

Virtual Library Cards--Fine Free Forever
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Anneliese Finke, Mead Public Library, Sheboygan; Matt Beinemann, Mead Public Library, Sheboygan; Melissa Prentice, Mead Public Library, Sheboygan
Imagine we told you there was a way to increase your library’s circulation and database usage, build a strong partnership with your community’s schools and never have to worry about lost materials and fines? What if there was a way to share resources, save money and provide access to your library’s databases and electronic resources to all children in your community’s public schools? Learn about our new Virtual Library Cards rolling out for all public school K-12 students this fall. Join us to discover what we’re doing and how you can make this a reality for your library too!

Wisconsin Author Project
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2

Tovah Anderson, Arrowhead Library System, Milton; Melody Clark, WiLS, Madison; Amy Lutzke, Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson
This year, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium grew to include some new products and services from BiblioBoard, including the Wisconsin Author Project, made possible in part by IMLS.  Libraries are helping local self-published WI authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books through a contest with submissions reviewed by Biblioboard and Library Journal and judged by a WLA Committee. Hear winners present on the program process, the library’s role and their submission. Attendees will also hear about the contest process and how to market to local authors the resources libraries have available from the WPLC.

12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. 

AWSL Business Meeting
TLR, Radisson Hotel La Crosse

YSS Luncheon: Saying Yes All the Way to Mr. Lemoncello's Library: One Author’s ‘Yes…And’ Life

Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Ballroom

Grabenstein ChrisChristopher Grabenstein, Author 
Chris demonstrates how obeying the cardinal rule of improv comedy (always saying, “Yes! And…”) has guided him from being a kid with a big imagination to becoming an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author. Be prepared to laugh.

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

Tour of the John & Nettie Mooney Library at Gundersen Health System
Transportation provided; bus leaves from the west side (river) of the Radisson Hotel La Crosse Lobby

1:45 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Collaborating Across Disciplines: The Art and Science of Water
La Crosse Center South Hall - Boardroom B

Anne Moser, UW-Madison Water Library
Wisconsin Sea Grant (WSG) seeks out a diversity of collaborators to reach a wide range of audiences with its outreach and education efforts in order to inspire a science-informed society.  As an outreach component of WSG, the Wisconsin Water Library creates events in support of this multidisciplinary approach. Learn about recent activities where unique collaborations were forged and surprising common ground was found between artists and scientists approaching wicked problems related to water. We’ll touch on a brief history of art and science collaborations and highlight three recent projects on marine debris, book arts and lake sturgeon.

Hiring for Our Diverse Communities
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Tasha Saecker, Appleton Public Library
Appleton Public Library serves a diverse community in NE Wisconsin with a large Hmong and Hispanic population and a healthy influx of refugees from other nations. In the last decade, APL has made a concerted effort to build a more diverse staff to meet the needs of the entire community. Join APL’s Assistant Director, who manages all of the hiring processes, including every job ad and most interviews, as she explores how to get qualified talent to apply and to be contenders, approaches to building a diverse staff, and how participating in community projects/ programs allowed APL to become a center of diversity and acceptance in the Fox Cities.

The Medium Is the Message: Teaching College Students to Think Critically About Media and Information Using Marshall McLuhan
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2

Eric Jennings, UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library; Hans Kishel, UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library
Understanding the Framework for Information Literacy is something that most instruction librarians want for students, yet find difficult to accomplish. In this presentation we will describe Marshall McLuhan's frustratingly difficult and seminal work Understanding Media in a semester-long course to further students' critical thinking abilities.

Social Justice Work and Staff Engagement: Our Stories and Yours
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Raina Bloom, UW-Madison College Library; Ellen Jacks, UW-Madison Memorial Library; Carrie Kruse, UW-Madison College Library
This presentation and discussion will focus on the internal, staff-related aspects of social justice and non-neutrality in libraries. Through our own experiences at two different libraries and the experiences that participants share, we will describe and explore training and learning opportunities related to social justice work, empowerment of staff in decision-making, developing a staff culture that permits discussion of challenging topics, doing social justice work with varying levels of support from colleagues and institutions, and facilitating action both at the individual and group level.

Stronger Together: Breaking Down Library Silos
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B

Cindy Halter, Central High School, La Crosse School District; Teri Holford, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library; Liz Humrickhouse, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library; Linda Jerome, La Crosse Public Library
Why don't libraries of different types work together more often? Learn from the planning team of the Conference About Libraries & Learning about how they developed this conference which brings together librarians from public, school, academic and special libraries. Participants will discover why it's crucial for libraries of all types to collaborate and support each other, how to enrich their own personal learning network and gain perspective about how they fit into the larger library ecosystem.

To Fine or Not to Fine: One Library's Quest to Answer the Simple Question "Why Don't People Return Their Library Books?"
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C

Paula Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library; Joan Johnson, Milwaukee Public Library; Joyce Latham, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
With public libraries increasingly eliminating fines as a means of reducing barriers to library access, Milwaukee Public Library and the UWM School of Information Studies dared to ask the most basic question: why don’t people return their books? In the fall of 2016, over 10,000 people had their fines forgiven and their library privileges restored in the city of Milwaukee. Within 90 days, 8% of those individuals found themselves in the same position, with fines and fees ranging from $7 to over $400. MPL administrators and UWM researchers wanted to better understand the precipitating behavior. Learn how the research team developed the methodology, executed the plan, and the surprising results.

Under The Hood: Discovering How the WLA Engine Works
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4

Marge Loch-Wouters, WLA President
Join this year's chief mechanic and learn how WLA works - what those unit acronyms stand for; how things get done; what is on the annual maintenance schedule to keep WLA purring along; and how you, our members, are the gas that helps the organization run at maximum efficiency as well as the drivers that help us get to where we're going to make WI libraries great.

Using Retail Customer Service Tools to Improve the Patron Experience at a Public Library
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3

Sue Gerth, Marion, IA, Public Library
Hired as “Customer Experience and Access Services Coordinator” to improve customer service because of her experience in retail bookstore management and customer service, Sue makes “Customer Service” the top focus every day, with every customer. As a new hire, improvements were made using tips and tricks from her previous experience. Learn about key customer service changes at the Circulation Desks that refocued on the library’s most important stakeholder: the customer. Changes include decreased waiting time for materials, better communication with fellow network libraries and improved customer service skills.

2:45 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

An Unexpected Partnership: Adult and Youth Programmers Teaming Up to Improve Early Literacy Rates
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2

Phil Schomber, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Julie Westby, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, Jeni Schomber, Beloit Public Library
Approximately one-third of children start school without the early literacy skills they’re going to need to succeed. The problem is even more acute in low income families. Sounds like a problem for the Youth Services department, right? Wrong. Find out why the Adult and Youth Services programmers at the Hedberg Public Library and Beloit Public Library teamed up to provide early literacy training for parents in their community’s Early Head Start program.

Books, Brews and Bands: Your Guide to a Successful NEA Big Read
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Paige Barreto, UW-Parkside Library, Kenosha; Shauna Edson, UW-Parkside Library, Kenosha; Jill Miatech, Kenosha Public Library, Kenosha; and Anne Rasmussen, Kenosha Public Library, Kenosha
Libraries in southeastern Wisconsin have participated in the NEA Big Read 7 times and we’re just getting started! Our panel session will share what we’ve learned about hosting this energetic and engaging literacy program, from promoting the program at farmer’s markets to filling the audience seats at the keynote kick-off. From a public and an academic library perspective, we’ll share our major milestones, community response, and lessons learned. Books and stories remain a powerful medium for bringing communities together and participating in the NEA Big Read can be a real force for literacy, empathy and innovation in your community!

From Vinyl to Video Games: Expanding Library Collections with Unique Offerings
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B

Chris Baker, Portage Public Library; Laurie Bartolini, Mount Horeb Public Library; Guy Hankel, Madison Public Library
Join this panel of individuals representing multiple libraries as they discuss some outside-the-box ways they have expanded their collections - by looking to the past with vinyl records and to the future with video games. They'll speak about the research that inspired the projects; what to collect and how to fund, package, display, catalog and circulate it; which promotion and outreach ideas took off (and which didn't); patron response; and, most importantly, why they'd do it all again.

Makerspace Confidential
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C

Josh Cowles, Fond du Lac Public Library
It’s not all 3D printers and rainbows but it’s a beautiful thing when it works. The Idea Studio at the Fond du Lac Public Library opened in 2016 and has been a place of continuous change since: from staffing to equipment to policy, staff buy-in and more. Join Josh for a candid discussion of successes, lessons learned and guiding principles that have seen us through all of it.

Mix Things Up: Digitize Your Teaching
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Jen Cook, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire; Vince Mussehl, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire
It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get digital! Whether you are leading an information literacy course, developing a technology tutorial for your public library, or just looking for a new twist to add some formative assessment in a class, this session is for you. We will demo some FREE, accessible tools we use for teaching both credit and non-credit classes and discuss how you can apply some of these ideas in your organization to mix things up to increase learner success.

Speak Up!: Public Tips on Speaking and Presenting for Introverts
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3

Kris Turner, UW-Madison Law School
Librarians – we’re supposed to be quiet and bookish, right? Well, that doesn’t mean we cannot be powerful public speakers or great presenters, even if we are often more introverted. Join AWSL as we debunk the myth of the introvert who is unable to speak publicly. We’ll discuss tips on how to become a better presenter, teacher and public speaker, examine common problems and how they are overcome, and perhaps try a few public speaking practices ourselves. Great not only for public services staff, but any library staff hoping to brush up on their skills in speaking with patrons, colleagues or employees.

Spreading the Love: An Exciting History of Library Systems
La Crosse Center South Hall - Boardroom B

Joyce Latham, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
Library systems -- the networks that allow local libraries to share resources and expertise with other libraries --emerged early in the 20th century. Originally county-based, they developed into regional library systems designed to provide the same levels of expertise and service across all participating libraries.  The core value behind the systems was a foundational love of books, and then the delivery of ʺaccess for allʺ to expanding information resources. These values continue to inform our discussions of the role of library systems today. We will explore these roots and consider which values persist in our current environment.

Survey Smarts: Developing Effective Surveys
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4

Kate Hinnant, UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library; Robin Miller, UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library
Surveys are a dime a dozen these days, but surveys that yield useful results are like gold. In this mini-workshop, presenters will facilitate interactive activities that will help you think about survey design strategically. Through group discussions, we will help you clarify the goals of a user survey, evaluate the merits of various question types, and consider how you might turn results into action. We will also discuss when your queries are better served using other methods. This session can help a librarian in any setting develop surveys to learn more about your patrons and their user experiences and desires.

3:30 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.

No Conflict Time in the Exhibit Hall
La Crosse Center South Hall - Lower Level

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

Rèsumè Review: Pick-Up
La Crosse Center South Hall - Exhibit Hall

Conference attendees who dropped off rèsumès or curricula vitae earlier in the day can pick up their rèsumès and view the results.

4:30 P.M. - 5:15 P.M.

Apples and Oranges: Comparing the ACRL and AASL Literacy Standards
La Crosse Center South Hall - Boardroom B

Cindy Halter, Central High School, La Crosse School District; Teri Holford, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
The Association of College Research Libraries (ACRL) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) recently published new information literacy standards. The curiosity to compare them is an itch that two La Crosse librarians, an academic and school librarian, decided to scratch. During this presentation, we’ll take a brief historic glance at the concept information literacy and how it grew to an urgent international awareness, and look at both sets of new standards before coming together as a group to spot any commonalities, differences, how they might compare, and what it means to us as librarians from different fields of librarianship.

At the Movies XI: Book Over, Man!
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C

Sherry Machones, Northern Waters Library Service, Ashland; Erin Foley, Adams County Public Library, Adams; Rachel Arndt, Milwaukee Public Library; Kim Dearth, Wonewoc Public Library; Angela Bodzislaw, Spooner Public Library; Amy Stormberg, Amery Public Library
Back by popular demand! The panel will be discussing popular books being made into movies in the Fall of 2018 to the Spring of 2019. We will screen the trailers for these films and talk about how well (or how poorly) we think these books will translate to the screen. Get to know some of the books that will be coming out as movies soon! We'll have popcorn!

The Community for Open Wisconsin (COW): Working Together to Reduce Cost and Increase Access
La Crosse Center South Hall - Boardroom C

Robert Butterfield, UW-Stout, Menomonie
There are two elements that effect all libraries: the high cost of content and limitations on access to that content for our patrons. Enter the Community for Open Wisconsin (COW), a new WLA Special Interest Group that has been developed to for this purpose. Come and learn how a group of interested individuals has banded together to collaborate on finding ways to address the cost of content and increase access. You are invited to learn, share and join us in this quest. We hope to see you there!

Dark La Crosse: A Local History Success Story
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Scott Brouwer, La Crosse Public Library
Of the many varied public programs run by the La Crosse Public Library, Dark La Crosse has stood out as a suite of programs that has engaged and entertained many people outside the “normal” public library program audience. It includes walking tours, trolley tours, and an annual radio show-style stage production which have all brought local history out of the archives into the community and beyond. From a nugget of an idea to year-round planning, Dark La Crosse has been and continues to be a great success of local history public programming.

Elder STEM: Boosting Curiosity and Engagement for Seniors, Right Where They Live
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Jill Miatech, Kenosha Public Library
STEM activities aren’t just for kids! If your library is all about lifelong learning AND you want to be more engaged in your community, discover a program for seniors to boost their curiosity, confidence, and comfort level with electronics and technology. Learn how to take tech toys like Makey Makey, Ozobots, Spheros, Little Bits and Osmo to senior living sites for a Tech Toy open house! Participants will learn how to pitch the program to community activity directors, how to run it, and what products are out there.

Existence and Resistance in Recent Young Adult Literature
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4

Morgan Foster, UW-Milwaukee
In the 1960s, a growing spate of Black writers began writing books specifically for teens that spoke to their lived experiences; writers, including Walter Dean Myers, Julius Lester and illustrator Tom Feelings, wrote about contemporary issues facing urban Black teens. However, much of that literature was focused on the lives of Black males. Today, there is a growing number of young adult novels written by women of color that speak to the authentic, complex experiences of young women of color in the 21st century. Young adult books by Angie Thomas, Kekla Magoon and Erika Sanchez are a tool for resistance and a means of refusing dominant white power structures and standards. Even more importantly, these books, written in first person, also give voices to young women. These writers, and their characters, are more important now than ever, and indicate a refusal to stay silent about violence inflicted on them and their communities.

Help! My building is _____!
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3

Jennifer Bernetzke, Schreiner Memorial Library, Lancaster; Angela Noel, Brodhead Public Library; Sue Ann Kucher, Reedsburg Public Library
Is your building old? New? Somewhere in between? No matter the age of your building, facilities management is a task we all face. From routine cleaning and maintenance to planning for long-term upkeep and functionality; there are a wide range of considerations when taking care of your library. Join our panelists to learn how three librarians with libraries of various ages are managing. The Schreiner Memorial Library in Lancaster underwent an extensive expansion and renovation in 2015; the Brodhead Memorial Public Library was built in 2008; and the Reedsburg Public Library was built in 1998.

The Ins and Outs of Intellectual Freedom
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B

Kristin Pekoll, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
We have all learned how to handle things when materials are challenged in our libraries. Intellectual freedom is an important part of the librarian profession. At the same time, periodically reviewing these concepts is beneficial to us as librarians. Libraries are continually forging into new areas and trying out new ideas. With this, new challenges and problems may arise for librarians.

Join Kristin as she focuses on reviewing the principles of intellectual freedom, along with how to handle challenges and other issues that might arise as libraries continually develop new ideas and programs.

Youth Services Coding Collective
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2

Caitlin Schaffer, Oconomowoc Public Library
Learn more about coding with your trusted youth services peeps! Hear about the Youth Services Sections ʺ12 Months of Codingʺ resources and DPIs Coding Initiative for Public Libraries. Get your hands on some coding materials and wrap your head around doing coding events for kids/teens on any budget. This informal and fun session will transition to a youth services escape room experience with a coding theme. Newbies and coding pros equally welcome!

5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Annual WLA Membership Meeting
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Minnesota AB

Outreach Contraption Meetup
The Charmant
101 State Street
La Crosse

Jill Miatech, Kenosha Public Library
Do you use some kind of thing on wheels to deliver library services to your community? Maybe a Bookmobile, or a truck, or a van? How about a bike? Or who needs wheels: do you have a Book Boat? A BiblioDonkey? Join us to talk about the many ways we deliver library service outside of library walls, and explore the idea of forming a statewide Outreach Vehicle Special Interest Group! Whether you already possess a vehicle or just wish you did, whether your transportation is exotic or mundane, everyone with an interest is welcome.

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Chippewa Valley Technical College - Library & Information Services Student Reception
Buzzard Billy's
222 Pearl Street
La Crosse, WI 

6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.  

UW-Madison iSchool (SLIS) Friends and Alumni Reunion
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Wisconsin II

UW-Milwaukee SOIS Alumni and Students Reunion
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Wisconsin III

7:30 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.

Youth Services Section (YSS) Social - Escape Room Experience
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Wisconsin I

Participate in an escape room experience similar to that of Mr. Lemoncello's Library! Team up with other youth services librarians from across the state and flex your puzzle-solving muscles, or simply take the opportunity to socialize and network.

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

WLA Foundation Fundraiser: Dark La Crosse Show
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Ballroom


The La Crosse Public Library Archives is proud to present the debut performance of the 2018 version of their popular annual Dark La Crosse Show.  With seven (7) performances in November at the Pump House Regional Arts Center, be among the first to see the new production of material highlighting the seedier side La Crosse’s rich cultural history.  The unique production, performed in the style of an old-time radio and variety show, features exclusive stories, period-appropriate live music, and a multi-media visual experience heavy on archival photographs.  Local talent will recreate true crime stories from La Crosse’s past including murder in the pearl button industry, a notorious Red Light District madam, a 19th-century rail yard ghost that had the whole city on edge, and a love triangle saga almost too incredible to be believed cut right from the most outrageous tabloids - but it's true! The Dark La Crosse Show is an informative and entertaining look into the underbelly of local history that is rarely remembered but deserves to be told.

The cost is $30 if registered in advance, or $35 at the door. Come out and support Wisconsin libraries.