WAPL Annual Conference

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May 6-8, 2015
Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids

Thursday, May 7, Keynote Address


Kaite Mediatore Stover is the Director of Readers' Services for the Kansas City Public Library.

She holds Masters degrees in Library Science and English Literature from Emporia State University. Stover is the co-editor of The Readers' Advisory Handbook (ALA Editions 2010) with Jessica E. Moyer. She has contributed chapters to Research-Based Readers' Advisory (ALA Editions 2008) and Integrated Advisory Service (Libraries Unlimited 2010). Currently, Stover writes the "He Reads, She Reads" column for Booklist with David Wright and "Under the Radar" for Public Libraries with Jessica E. Moyer. She is a regular blogger for Booklist's "Book Group Buzz" blog. Stover has published articles in Reference & User Services Quarterly, Library Journal, Wilson Library Bulletin, Young Adult Library Services, The Emporia Gazette, The Kansas City Kansan, Present Magazine, INK and The Kansas City Star. She is the recipient of the 2012 Allie Beth Martin Award and was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2003. She reviews fiction, audiobooks and professional reading for Booklist.

Stover speaks regularly at international, national, regional and state conferences on readers, reading, trends in publishing and reading, and training for library staff with an emphasis on readers' advisory and customer service.


Thursday, May 7, Author Luncheon


Native Wisconsinite Karen McQuestion is the bestselling author of books for all ages. Some of her titles include Hello Love, Life on Hold, The Long Way Home and the Edgewood series. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly and the national NPR show, The Story with Dick Gordon. She has also appeared on ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning.

McQuestion lives with her husband and kids in Hartland, Wisconsin.

Friday, May 8, Author Luncheon  

hi-res Lichtenheld photo

Tom Lichtenheld is a children’s book author and illustrator. He doodled his way through school then worked as a sign painter, set designer, printer and advertising art director. After a successful career in advertising, he gradually made the switch to creating children’s books.

Tom’s books, many of which are New York Times Best Sellers, are consistently praised for their humor, expressive characters and rich – sometimes hidden – detail. He’s known for creating books that appeal to children and adults alike, and his wide portfolio of books offers something for every age.

Slated for 2015 release are Stick and Stone (in collaboration with Beth Ferry), I Wish You More and Friendshapes (both in collaboration with Amy Krouse Rosenthal).

Tom lives in the Chicago area. In his spare time, he likes to get other peoples’ kids all wound up then send them home to their parents.

For more information, visit tomlichtenheld.com