Library Legislative Day

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For those who attended Legislative Day last Tuesday, thank you!  Now it’s time to send thank you cards to your legislators, their aides, and this year’s award recipients.  

For those who weren’t able to attend, sorry, but...same thing!  You’ll want to thank them for all they do for us, all year long.  

We’ve heard it before and I did again last Tuesday: “We must have received 80 cards from librarians across the state after passage of the $1.5 million to library systems last Spring.  And at least two a day kept coming in the mail for weeks!  No other group says thank you like libraries.”  That was the legislative aide for one of this year’s Library Champions.  Seriously, it has a huge impact.  They, both legislators and aides, really appreciate it.  

It could be as simple as “Thanks for all you do for (name) Public Library!” to providing examples of how your library is offering its patrons (their constituents) broadband, workforce development, and/or lifelong learning resources and services.  Totally up to you.  It could be signed by you alone or by all staff members (or by all staff members sending their own), or, for you trustees and Friends groups, by your board or members.  Again, totally up to you.  The important thing is to sign and send.  See this link for your legislators, their aides, and mailing address:  

Also, besides your own legislators, everyone please send a card of thanks to the award recipients.  Their commitment to libraries has been deep and their impact has been felt statewide.  Please thank them as well (see attached for their names). 

Let’s get them in the mail over the next few days!  

No less important, on behalf of WLA, and its LD&L Committee, thanks for all YOU do!  

Sincerely (as he reaches for his own pen and cards),

Chair, Library Legislative Day Committee

Nick Dimassis
Library Director
Beloit Public Library
605 Eclipse Blvd
Beloit, WI 53511
608-364-2917 (office)
608-314-5091 (cell)


February 20, 2018

Concourse Hotel
One West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703


Legislative Day Information

Please note the following from the Concourse Hotel: Overnight hotel guests can pull up in front of the hotel upon arrival to unload their luggage and check-in first.

  • A city garage is located a half block from the hotel on the corner of Dayton Street and Carroll Street.
  • Overnight guests should inform the front desk staff that they are parking in the city garage. We will provide them with a parking pass to exit the parking garage.
  • Valet parking is available too. Please pull up in front of the hotel and a member of our bell or front desk staff can assist you.
  • The hotel will maintain the rate of $10/night, and we will cover the difference in cost for parking at the city garage. 


To make reservations, call 800.356.8293 and reference the WLA 2018 Library Legislative Day room block. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

Room Rate for Single and Double Premier Rooms: $152.00 plus applicable state and local taxes (currently at 14.5%)

The following group rates are also available:
Triple rate $162
Quad Rate $172
Governor's Club King Room $189

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.

Cancellation Policy: All reservations cancelled after 4:00 p.m. CST 24 hours prior to arrival and all "no shows" will be charged on night room and tax. 

Reservation Deadline: January 22, 2018