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You are invited to meet up with your library friends to reconnect, rejuvenate, and revitalize at the WLA Virtual 1-Day Conference on November 11! Register today to take part in this energizing event full of great speakers, valuable programs, and entertaining and educational trivia event!


Morning Keynote Speaker
Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor
With almost four decades of public education experience, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor has been dedicated to the education of our next generation and ensuring all children have an opportunity to access a quality education. She is Wisconsin’s chief state school officer and leader of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. With almost four decades of public education experience, she has been dedicated to the education of our next generation and ensuring all children have an opportunity to access a quality education.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes
Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes serves as the 45th lieutenant governor of Wisconsin. He is a Milwaukee native. At age 25, Barnes was elected to the State Assembly where he emerged as a champion on issues of the economy, criminal justice reform, and healthcare. He became the chair of the legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus in his first term, became a national leader on gun violence prevention, and was recognized as one of the top pro-growth progressive leaders in the country.

WLA Awards Ceremony
Introduced by author Michael Perry
Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin. He lives in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service, hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, tours with his band, and lives online at www.sneezingcow.com.

YSS Luncheon
Hosted by novelist Geoff Herbach
Geoff Herbach is an award winning American novelist. His books have been given the 2011 Cybils Award for best YA novel, the Minnesota Book Award, selected for the Junior Library Guild, listed among the year’s best by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association and many state library associations. Geoff grew up in Platteville, Wisconsin. He is an alum of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, and teaches creative writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.

In addition to these fabulous speakers, there will be several educational sessions offered. Check them out and register at https://wla.memberclicks.net/virtual-1-day-conference. In addition to gaining valuable knowledge, you will also earn up to six contact hours of Category B continuing education for attendance.

Round off the day with an invigorating game of virtual trivia with your library cohorts – gather a team or hop on solo. The winning team will be awarded complimentary registration to the 2021 WLA Annual Conference! Find more details on the game and sign up at https://wla.memberclicks.net/virtual-trivia-wlaf-fundraiser#/

Email any questions to wla@wisconsinlibraries.org or call the office at 608.245.3640.
We hope to see you there!

-Submitted by Lori Baumgart, NFLS