Wednesday, April 03, 2013

WAPL Conference is Getting Closer!

What better way to spend the beginning of May in the lovely city of Lake Geneva?
The 2013 WAPL Conference, “50 Shades of Libraries,” will be held May 1-3 at the beautiful Grand Geneva Resort and Spa.  We’re going to explore how libraries have changed in different ways and shades.

Advance registration can be done online or through the form by April 15th!

Wednesday, May 4 begins with the WAPL Conference Chair’s Reception: Apps ‘n’ Apps at 7 pm. This will informally showcase some of the amazing apps available for mobile devices. We’ll have apps to eat and apps to tap.  Be ready to share your favorite app and you will be rewarded!

Start your Thursday, May 5th, off right with Mindfulness: A Guided Meditation Experience either at 7 am or 7:45 am.  This 30-minute session led by a Buddhist nun, Bhikkhuni Vimala, will teach you meditation techniques to be more attentive in your daily life.

Carolyn Brewer
The keynote presentation, “50 Shades of Laughter,” will be given by Carolyn Brewer at 9 am. Carolyn is a former social worker and currently the Executive Director for the North Texas Library Partners. She will entertain and enlighten us on why it's important to maintain a sense of humor in library land.

Morning sessions will take place, followed by a luncheon with Wisconsin’s newest Poet Laureate, Max Garland. Max will read from his poetry and discuss how libraries can select poetry, promote it, and support Wisconsin poets. 

More fantastic sessions will take place in the afternoon, covering everything from programming to building websites.

Lesley Kagen
The conference continues on Friday, May 6, with morning sessions, followed by a luncheon Wisconsin author Lesley Kagen. Her books will be available for purchase and signing after she speaks.

As if the conference content weren’t enough, the room rates of $99 a night at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa might be enough to lure you. Your conference room rate includes amenities such as:
     free wireless Internet in guest rooms and meeting rooms
     valet parking, if needed, or free parking throughout the resort
     trolley transportation on the grounds via regularly scheduled routes and times
     access to the fitness center, locker room, sauna, steam room, lap pool and classes
     local, credit card and toll-free calls
     2 bottled waters per day
     daily paper
Hotel reservations can be made through the WLA website by April 8.

So what are you waiting for?  Get your registration in now, or check out the WAPL conference page on the WLA website for more information.

See you in Lake Geneva!