Program - Thursday

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7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom North Foyer

8:45 - 10:00 a.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Better Libraries and Stronger Communities Through Kindness, Empathy and Love
Grand Ballroom South

Lance Headshot - 5-30-17Lance Werner, Director, Kent District Library, Comstock Park, Michigan, and Library Journal's Librarian of the Year
This presentation will focus on the value imbued into all aspects of life, leadership and librarianship through the daily practice of kindness, empathy and love. Libraries work every day facilitating peoples’ efforts to become the best version of themselves. We will be more successful by delivering transformative service by working from a place of kindness, empathy and love.

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Grand Ballroom Foyer

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Everybody Does Security
Michelle Dennis, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
Location: Woodfield CD

From upset customers, to rowdy teens, to downright dangerous individuals, how confident are you in your ability to handle tough situations? Does your library have practices and expectations in place? Take a look at some basic strategies to empower your staff to handle tough situations with library users. Learn policies and procedures that can help and about effective ways to share information among staff. Michelle has been a librarian for 25 years in both small and medium sized libraries, and has been Head of Access and Security Services at the Hedberg Public Library since 2011 with additional experience working with mentally ill adults and runaway teens.

Explore and Experiment with Science Kits!
Jen Fait, Kenosha Public Library; Maria Hinners, Alice Baker Memorial Public Library, Eagle; Katherine Schoofs, Aram Public Library, Delavan
Location: Meadowbrook West

Libraries are creating circulating science kits on topics for children of all ages. These hands-on science kits encourage critical thinking, creativity and innovation. This panel will share information about their collections, their experience creating and circulating the items. Information about Watertown Public Library's, Waterford Public Library's, Fort Atkinson Public Library's and West Bend Public Library's collections will also be included in the information shared.

Maximizing Your Conference Experience!
Nyama Reed, Whitefish Bay Public Library; Marge Loch-Wouters, WLA President
Location: Meadowbrook East

Are you a first-time WAPL 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 learn how WAPL and WLA can help you fulfill your passion for libraries.

Super Short Story Night
Richard Zarborowske, Neenah Public Library
Location: Woodfield AB

Introducing Super Short Story Night, a modern alternative to the traditional book club. Held once a month at a local brewery, Super Short Story Night has been attracting over 40 people each session. A mashup of The Tonight Show and C-SPAN’s Book TV, Super Short Story Night is an hour filled with trivia, commentary, lively discussion and more. It’s perfect for those that might be too busy for a traditional book club. Even you have time for this! If you’re interested in attending, please read Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree before the workshop.

What Are Friends For?
Bill Wilson, Milton Public Library, 2018 WLTF Chair
Location: Somerset

Join us for a look at the role and the contribution of Library Friends, what they are doing, their successes and their potential for fundraising and advocacy. Information is based on the results of a web survey of Friends and Trustee activities in which approximately half of Wisconsin’s public library directors participated.

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon: Making the Library a Touchstone for Information: Civic Engagement Strategies for Public Libraries
Grand Ballroom North

Amy Koester Profile PhotoAmy Koester, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL
Traditionalists and futurists alike agree on one succinct descriptor for libraries: places for information. What does it mean in our current day and age for a library to be a place of information, and how can we live that description in service of our communities? This talk will explore strategies for civic engagement in public libraries, including the necessity and how-tos for building community and bolstering civic and media literacies.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

60 Teen Programs in 60 Minutes
Linda Jerome, La Crosse Public Library
Location: Woodfield AB

Are you always on the lookout for program ideas for teens at your library? Then please join us as we explore 60 successful teen programs that range from passive to massive, crafty to techy, and silly to serious.

Handling a Patron Data Breach
Lori Roholt, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire
Location: Woodfield CD

In September 2017, Indianhead Federated Library System was notified of unauthorized access to patron record data. Hear about the nature of the breach, how they notified library staff and users, and how it all resolved.

Makerspace Confidential
Joshua Cowles, Fond du Lac Public Library
Location: Meadowbrook West

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.

Mystery Readers' Roundup
Clairellyn Sommersmith, Princeton Public Library; Jennifer Cook, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire; Sara Davister, West Bend Memorial Community Library; Emilyn Linden, Fond du Lac Public Library
Location: Meadowbrook East

Want to know more about one of publishing's biggest genres? Need reader's advisory tips from Evanovich, to Coben, to McCall Smith? Feeling confused by the difference between thriller, suspense, noir, or mystery? Come to our panel where our avid readers will lend guidance through the dark and shadowy world of mystery. Speakers will discuss their favorites from cozies, to humor, to suspense, to detective stories. Delve deep into the mystery genre, learn about sub-genres, gets tips for reader's advisory and collection development, and perhaps, find a new favorite author for yourself.

PLA Posthaste!
Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison; Kristen Anderson, Winding Rivers Library System, West Salem; Kerry Pinkner, Waukesha Public Library; Kelly Bolter, Waukesha Public Library; Angela Meyers, Bridges Library System, Waukesha
Location: Somerset

Didn’t get a chance to attend the PLA conference in Philadelphia? Never fear! Join our panel for a rapid-fire review of trends, services, tools, programs and more that topped the charts at the conference in March. If you attended PLA, come and share your highlights with the group!
Sponsor: Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL).

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Grand Ballroom Foyer

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite
Edwin Schacherer, Milwaukee Public Library; Sheila O'Brien, Greenfield Public Library
Location: Woodfield CD

Bed bugs have been around for thousands of years and have made a resurgence the last couple of decades. How we control and treat them is constantly evolving as our knowledge and technology improve. More people are becoming aware of the issue of bed bugs in hotels, airports, schools, theaters AND LIBRARIES. Maybe your library is lucky and hasn't yet had a bed bug introduction, but you'd like to be prepared if and when that introduction happens. This session provides everything you need to know, from identifying bed bugs, to ways they are introduced into the library, to treatment and mitigation options that will help you protect your library's facilities and collections on a daily basis.

Escape Room Challenge
Angela Noel, Brodhead Memorial Public Library
Location: Woodfield AB

An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete an objective. Join us as we talk about planning and hosting escape rooms for patrons of all ages. We will also discuss promotion, precautions, and may even challenge you to escape too!

Excite, Invite, Ignite: Be a Superhero!
Marge Loch-Wouters, 2018 WLA President
Location: Meadowbrook West

WLA is a strong organization passionate about libraries, library staff and advocacy. We want to involve YOU as a superhero advocate. In this fast-paced, humorous presentation, you'll learn about the benefits of WLA (Connect, Belong, Learn, Advocate and Lead), hear what's happening association-wide, information on leadership opportunities, the strength of a professional community and cohort, and cool ways to get involved and become a change agent. Plus you'll get to grill...ahem, *cough* share ideas with your 2018 WLA Prez.

Managing Performance with the Library HR-Guy
Brian L. Mortimore, Kent District Library, Kent County, MI
Location: Somerset

This session will define three types of employees found in every library, how to coach them for improvement and, if necessary, considerations for taking disciplinary action so as to ensure managers and leaders are promoting a positive, performance-based culture. Brian will provide participants with a primer on at-will versus just-cause employment and will facilitate practical people-problem-solving skills with participants around real library scenarios.

Show Me The Money!
Connie Meyer, Bridges Library System, Waukesha; Kathy Pletcher, Denmark; Kathy Klager, Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex; Kris Adams Wendt, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau
Location: Meadowbrook East

The funding of public libraries in Wisconsin is generally derived from various sources. This program will feature a slideshow that was developed to educate the Wisconsin Counties Association. It provides a broad overview that can help you understand the patchwork structure based on Wisconsin Acts 150 and 420 (aka known as county funding legislation). This slideshow could be modified for local use.

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Appy Hour
Sara Davister, West Bend Community Memorial Library; Hannah Kane, West Bend Community Memorial Library; Sam Molzahn, North Shore Library, Glendale; Laurie Ollhoff, TB Scott Free Library, Merrill; Rachel Ruetz, Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex
Location: Meadowbrook East

These days most people have smartphones and tablets and with that comes apps! Whatever your interest is, chances are there is an app for that! Join a panel of librarians for a fun talk on their favorite apps, which will cover everything from time management to weight loss. We will also want to hear about your favorite apps as well. We will also share some ideas on how to share these with patrons.

At The Movies With Librarians X: The Next Chapter
Sherry Machones, Northern Waters Library Service, Ashland; Erin Foley, Adams County Public Library, Adams; Rachel Arndt, Milwaukee Public Library; Brett Rohlwing, Milwaukee Public Library; Amy Stormberg, Amery Public Library; Angela Bodzislaw, Spooner Memorial Library
Location: Woodfield AB

Back by popular demand! The panel will be discussing popular books being made into movies in the Spring to Fall of 2018. 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!

IT Planning Made Simple
Kurt D. Stevens, IT Director, Kent District Library (KDL), 
Location: Somerset

This session will discuss the challenges of creating an IT Plan for your Library. Using techniques and strategies from various industries and organizations, Kurt will share a very logical and simple approach to creating an IT Plan that fits all size library’s while overcoming the most common challenges. This information will not only be helpful internally, but understandable for the library’s Board of Trustees.

Marketing on a Shoestring (or no string) Budget
Katharine Clark, E.D. Locke Public Library, McFarland; Kelly Allen, Oregon Public Library
Location: Woodfield CD

No marketing staff? No marketing budget? No problem. We will give you some ideas for traditional and new marketing tools for both Youth Services and Adult programming and collections. Please come prepared to share your best marketing stories too.

Wisconsin Public Library Standards, 6th Edition: Using the NEW Standards to Improve Your Library Services
Shannon Schultz, Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction, Public Library Development Team, Madison
Location: Meadowbrook West

After an exhaustive 2-year process, the DPI's Public Library Development Team has released the 6th edition of the WI Public Library Standards. Utilizing a work group of more than 30 library directors, trustees and system staff from all regions of the state, the team has radically changed the layout and structure of the Standards, including a new approach to the quantitative values. Attend this session to see how the Standards have changed, what changes lie ahead (can you say "web interface?") and how they can be used to improve your library services.


5:30 - 6:15 p.m.

1000 Books before Kindergarten App - Update & Feedback
Angela Meyers, Bridges Library System, Waukesha; Dustin Hahn, UW-Milwaukee's App Brewery
Location: Woodfield AB

Several years ago, the Bridges Library System worked in partnership with the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's App Brewery to develop an app for the 1000 Books before Kindergarten program. Three years and thousands of books later, the app has been adopted by 308 public libraries and branches in the state of Wisconsin, with over 4,600 users. Come learn what is new with the app and provide feedback to its creators. Your input will be used to help formulate the next version of the app.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Reception at the Waukesha Public Library
Join us for drinks, goodies and music! Local brewer, Raised Grains, will provide beer samples! Sammy Llanas from the BoDeans will provide entertainment!

Meet and socialize with friends in the beautiful Waukesha Public Library in downtown Waukesha, and enjoy several giant guitar sculptures in the library. Please register in advance to ensure we have an adequate amount of supplies on hand.
Transportation will be available

7:30 - 9:00 p.m. 

Waukesha Civic Center
264 West Main Street
Waukesha, WI 53186

Tickets: $9.00 (available on the WAPL registration form)

Miscast (a comic cabaret)
Why is Tevye from Fiddler On The Roof always played by a middle aged man? Why is Cinderella’s lead always a young woman? Haven’t you always wondered what a septuagenarian could do in a role like Annie or Oliver? Musical theatre is full of iconic characters—and the actors who will never get the chance to play those roles. Miscast is a musical revue in which WCT performers sing songs for characters they would never have the chance to play in real life, be it due to gender, race, age … the stranger the better! Come out and enjoy a night of ballads, duets, and show stoppers as you’ve never seen them before.
Transportation will be available

Waukesha Food and Fun Guide

8:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Small Libraries Section (WISL) Leadership Meeting and Business Meeting
Location: Woodfield AB