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October 8-11, 2019
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Tuesday, October 8 

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

WLA All Conference Welcome Reception
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center

Join us for a kickoff reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and take some time to meet and greet your colleagues, vendors and WLA members.
 

Wednesday, October 9

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WLAFLogo-2WLA Foundation Silent Auction
Kalahari Convention Center - Exhibit Hall

The Silent Auction is a fun and social way to support Wisconsin libraries: all proceeds benefit the WLA Foundation! Do you have a fabulous treasure hidden away somewhere? We would love to take it off of your hands...just complete the submission form and you can either bring the item(s) to the Exhibit Hall at the conference or send it to the WLA office at 4610 South Biltmore Lane, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53718.


1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Circus World LibraryTour of the Circus World's Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center
Baraboo, WI

The Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center is the world's foremost research facility for circus history whose holdings document the American circus from its inception in 1793 to the present day. Circus World Archivist Pete Shrake and Curator Jen Cronk will lead participants on a tour and view rare lithographs, photographs, archival manuscripts as well as outlandish wardrobe, and other unique items from the museum's three dimensional object collection. Participants should be aware that some stairs will be involved in the tour.

Transportation provided; bus leaves from front of the Kalahari Convention Center Lobby


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

Annual WLA Membership Meeting 
Kalahari Convention Center
 

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

WLA Dine Around
Kalahari Convention Center - Meet near Registration

Don't want to eat alone? Not sure where to go for dinner? Let food and networking be your guide! Here's your chance to explore a local restaurant and dine with other WLA colleagues. Reservations will be made ahead of time under the name WLA/Wisconsin Library Association for a table for 12 guests at each restaurant.

Meet up with the other foodies near registration on Wednesday, Oct 9th at 5:30pm and venture to the restaurant. Carpooling is suggested as not all restaurants are walking distance. Sign up to reserve your spot ahead of time on SignUpGenius.

Jose's Authentic Mexican Restaurant - The name says it all; local family-owned restaurant

Monk's Bar & Grill - Family-friendly sports bar and grill serving burgers, cheese curds and other American fare.

Moosejaw Pizza & Dell's Brewing - Sprawling, lodge-like venue offering pizza and other bar eats, an arcade and a microbrewery

River's Edge Bar - Rustic eatery serving American fare and spirits in cabin-style digs with an old oak tree in the bar

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

UW-Madison iSchool (SLIS) Friends and Alumni Reunion
Kalahari Convention Center

UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies (SOIS) Alumni and Students Reunion
Kalahari Convention Center

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

Youth Services Section (YSS) Social
Kalahari Convention Center

Relax and reflect with fellow youth services librarians at the Youth Services Section (YSS) Social. YSS board members will provide materials to make recycled book art for those interested, or simply kick back and make new friends.


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

WLAFLogo-2WLA Foundation Fundraiser: Librarians Rock Returns
Kalahari Convention Center

Always wanted to sing with the band? This will be your chance. Live Band Karaoke from the Book-Enz returns to the conference, ready to take requests so you can karaoke your heart out. This live music event will also include special guest appearances from library leaders from across the state.

The cost is $25 if registered in advance or $30 at the door. Come out and support Wisconsin libraries.


Thursday, October 10 

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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WLA Foundation Silent Auction
Kalahari Convention Center - Exhibit Hall

Last chance to bid on any and all of the terrific items at the  Silent Auction. Bids end at 3:30 p.m. and pick up and pay until 4:30 p.m.

The auction is a fun and social way to support Wisconsin libraries: all proceeds benefit the WLA Foundation! Do you have a fabulous treasure hidden away somewhere? We would love to take it off of your hands...just complete the submission form and you can either bring the item(s) to the Exhibit Hall at the conference or send it to the WLA office at 4610 South Biltmore Lane, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53718.
 

10:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m

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Tour of the Devil's Lake Lavender Farm and Lunch
Baraboo, Wisconsin

Visit the only lavender/hemp farm in the country. The lavender season will be over, however, you will be able to enjoy the butterfly and bee gardens, learn about the farm and their products and their commitment to the environment and our local region. For your lunch, select either a Vegan/GF option or a Lavender Chicken Salad Croissant; both use locally-sourced ingredients to made the experience as field-to-fork as possible. Pre-register: $30.00

Transportation provided; meet in front of the Kalahari Convention Center
 

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m

Upper Dells Boat Tour
Wisconsin Dells 

Explore the natural history of the Wisconsin Dells by boat. Journey under pine-crowned cliffs, navigate winding river narrows, and view iconic sandstone formations like Chimney Rock, Blackhawk’s Profile and Romance Cliff through a path cut by ancient glaciers. Shore landings at Witches Gulch and Stand Rock include unique rock formations and a narrow canyon filled with fern glens and hidden whirlpool chambers. Pre-register: $25.00 

Transportation provided; meet in front of Kalahari Convention Center

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m

Awards & Honors Reception
Kalahari Convention Center

This is your opportunity to personally thank and interact with our award winners. Re-register: $5.00

Music provided by (TBD)

Visit the WLA website to discover what the various Awards represent.

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