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

Tuesday, October 23 

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

Under Paris Skies


WLA President's Welcome Reception
in the Radisson Hotel Ballroom Foyer with live music (French gypsy café), hors d'oeuvres, cash bar.

Sponsors: Marge Loch-Wouters and Chippewa Valley Technical College
 

Wednesday, October 24

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

WLAFLogo-2WLA Foundation Silent Auction
La Crosse Center South Hall - 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.

Gundersen Health SystemTour of Gundersen Health System's John and Nettie Mooney Library
1900 South Avenue
La Crosse, WI 54601
Transportation provided; meet in front of Radisson Hotel La Crosse at 1:30 p.m.


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

WLA Membership Meeting 
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Minnesota AB

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

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

UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies (SOIS) Alumni and Students Reunion
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Wisconsin III


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

WLAFLogo-2WLA Foundation Fundraiser: The 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.


Thursday, October 25

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

La Crosse MarshTour of the La Crosse March
Transportation provided; meet in front of the La Crosse Center South Hall

Join a WisCorps naturalist for a tour of the scenic and environmentally diverse La Crosse Marsh. The tour is two hours long and will cover 1.25 miles of easily navigable trails. Transportation provided. Meet in La Crosse Center South Hall Lobby.

 

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

WLAFLogo-2WLA Foundation Silent Auction
La Crosse Center South Hall - 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.

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

Western TechTour of Western Technical College's Sustainability Efforts 
Transportation provided; meet in front of La Crosse Center South Hall 

What does a (more) sustainable built environment look like, and how do we help others embrace this movement? Over the past decade, Western Technical College has gained local, regional and national attention for their deep engagement with sustainability in the Coulee region. Tour Western’s La Crosse campus and see firsthand how we embed sustainability within our college’s facilities, curriculum and culture. 

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

Turtle Stack BreweryMingle Over a Beer with Matthew Janzen
Turtle Stack Brewery, 125 2nd Street South, La Crosse

Join State of Craft Beer author, Matt Janzen, at the Turtle Stack Brewery for continued conversation. The Turtle Stack Brewery is located across from the Radisson Hotel.


5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Awards & Honors Reception
Radisson Hotel Ballroom

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

Music provided by Luke Thering, Pianist

Sponsored by  

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8:00 p.m.

Pub Crawl Led by Professional Storyteller Michael Scott
Meet outside the front entrance of the Radisson Hotel La Crosse

Raise some spirits tonight and have a drink with some La Crosse residents who simply refuse to leave. Have an Old Fashioned with a long-deceased supper club owner or a glass of white wine with an 8 year old girl in a white Victorian-age dress. Maybe you would prefer to have a beer with an anal-retentive saloon owner or a White Russian with a deeply distraught barber. These are some of the ghosts you'll be drinking with tonight so come have a cold one with a cold one.
Sponsored by Friends of the La Crosse Public Library and Wisconsin Small Libraries (a unit of WLA)