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2019 OLA–WLA Keynotes & Events

Wednesday, April 17

Meet & Greet Reception with Drag Queen Bingo
7:00–9:00 pm

This annual conference kick-off reception is not to be missed. Join our very special host, Poison Waters, for an entertaining night of bingo. Appetizers will be served and there will be a no-host bar.

If you're a new WLA member or this is your first time attending the conference, come meet WLA leadership, staff, and other active members. Learn a little bit about the association, how to make the most out of your conference attendance, and how you can get involved within WLA. 
Included with registration.


Thursday, April 18

Opening Keynote & Breakfast with Deborah Jacobs
8:30–9:45 am

OLA and WLA are excited to welcome Deborah Jacobs, director of the Global Libraries initiative for the Gates Foundation. She oversees the foundation’s work toward improving people’s lives in developing and transitioning countries through useful, used, and sustainable public access to information and communications technology in public libraries. Prior to joining the foundation in 2008, she served as Seattle City Librarian for 11 years. In addition to directing the Seattle Public Library system, Jacobs led a $291 million capital-improvement program called “Libraries for All” that funded the construction of a new Central Library and renovated, built, or expanded 26 branch libraries. 
Included with registration.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening with snacks
11:30 am–12:00 pm
Stay tuned for more details about this special opening reception event.
Included with registration.

Happy Hour Reception
4:45–6
:00 pm
More details on this event coming soon.
Included with registration.

Bar Crawl
6:00–8
:00 pm
Join us on a crawl through downtown Vancouver where we will visit some of the locals' favorite bars, pubs, and breweries. More details about this event coming soon.
Open to all attendees.


Friday, April 19

OLA-WLA Fund Run
7:00–8:00 am

More details about this event to come.

WLA Business Breakfast
8:30–
9:45 am
WLA members and Washington residents are invited to join WLA leadership for a delicious breakfast to learn what our association has accomplished  and what is being planned for the next year. Help us celebrate the WLA members who make the Washington library communities so special. 
Included with registration for WLA members and Washington residents, OLA members and Oregon residents on own for breakfast.

OLA Awards & Business Luchon
12:00–1:30 pm

OLA members and Oregon residents are invited to join OLA leadership for a delicious lunch to learn what our association has accomplished in the last year and what is being planned for the next year. Help us celebrate the OLA members who make the Oregon library communities so special.
Included with registration for OLA members and Oregon residents, WLA members and Washington residents on own for lunch.

Happy Hour Reception
4:45–6:00 pm
More details about this event to come.
Included with registration.

Dinner Banquet & Lilac City Live!
6:00–8:00 pm
Join us for a delicious dinner and show. Lilac City Live! is an award-winning “late-night” talk show produced by Spokane Public Library. They're taking their show on the road for us, and will feature a panel of speakers, music, and a guaranteed good time. More details about this very special event and panel guests coming soon!
Included with registration.

President's Reception
8:15–10:30 pm

All conference attendees are invited to mix, mingle and enjoy a beverage and light snacks with WLA's President Rhonda Gould and OLA's President Esther Moberg, as well as other OLA and WLA movers & shakers.
Included with registration.


Saturday, April 20

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
9:00–10:00 am
Join us for a light breakfast and take some time to explore the exhibit hall and all it has to offer. More details coming soon.
Included with registration.

Lunch & Keynote with Ryan Dowd
Serving Those Experiencing Homelessness with Compassion and Confidence
12:00–1:30 pm
Do you have patrons who bring in too many bags or have hygiene issues? Do you have students who come to school hungry or lack basic supplies or homework support? This interactive presentation is more than “sensitivity training.” You will learn why homeless individuals do what they do and gain practical tools for resolving problems and providing better service to those experiencing homelessness. Included will be discussion of those with mental illness and/or substance addiction. After this presentation, you will have more understanding of and confidence with homeless individuals. Ryan J. Dowd is executive director of Hesed House, a homeless shelter in Aurora, IL, and author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone.

Exhibits Grand Finale with Raffle
3:00–3:30 pm
Details to come!
Included with registration.