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2015 Keynotes & Events

Lunch & Learn: Self-Directed Learning -- Keeping Nimble and Fresh

In our swiftly changing times, libraries must be nimble and ready to pursue new models of service, yet formal staff training is often a luxury libraries can't afford within their tight budgets and schedules. In this interactive workshop, learn how to take charge of your own rapid, self-directed learning! As individuals, online resources and collaboration tools offer many opportunities for us to make this shift. Libraries can use these flexible, cost-effective models to meet accelerated, evolving learning needs. Join us for this engaging workshop to discover easy and practical approaches to training through self-directed learning. Lunch is included when you register for this workshop. 

Betha Gutsche, Program Manager, WebJunction 
Darlene Pearsall, Computer Education Developer, King County Library System 
Jeanne Fondrie, Learning Coordinator, Whatcom County Library System

Sponsor: WALT

Meet and Greet Reception - Seattle7 Author Mob

Librarians love authors and authors love librarians! Join us for this Extra Special event as we are overtaken by an Author Mob, thanks to the Seattle7Writers!* Mingle with your favorite Northwest writers including perennial bestsellers William Dietrich, Carol Cassella, Robert Dugoni, Jennie Shortridge and Kevin O’Brien. Chat with award-winners such as Lynn Brunelle, Peter Mountford, Robin Oliveira, poet Ed Skoog and Dave Boling. Sip and nosh with fantastically prolific favorites Boyd Morrison, Kevin Emerson, Sean Beaudoin and Bernadette Pajer. Books will be available for sale and signing. Light bites will be provided and there will be a cash bar available.

* is a nonprofit collective of authors devoted to connecting readers and writers, supporting libraries and indie booksellers, and raising funds and awareness for literacy causes in the Northwest.

Welcome Breakfast Keynote Speaker - Lois Landgrebe, Tulalip Tribes Storyteller 

This year's WLA Conference theme celebrates the bounty of the Puget Sound region and the bounty of Washington's libraries -- we nourish and are nourished by our communities. Welcoming us to the Salish community will be Lois Landgrebe of the Tulalip Tribes Language Program, a storyteller for over 20 years. As the picture above states, "Join us" for a delicious breakfast as we hear tales of Raven, Beaver, Seal and Orca!

Banquet Dinner Keynote Speakers - Timothy Egan and the Bushwick Book Club

Please join us for a very special evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Timothy Egan, and well-read rockers, The Bushwick Book Club (Seattle), for a celebration of literary  nourishment! Egan's book, "The Winemaker's Daughter," was chosen by our members as the first "If All of WLA Read the Same Book" selection. The author will share a reading from his book and will talk about the power of story to shape our lives. Bushwick will be performing an original song in honor of our Same Book selection, as well as songs that celebrate Egan's other books and our conference theme, "Come to the Table:  Libraries are Market Fresh!". Egan's books will be available for purchase and to be signed. Bushwick will have music, shirts and more for sale. Dinner will be served along with delicious dessert and a no-host bar.

WLA CAYAS Breakfast Keynote Speaker - Justina Chen

Join us for breakfast with your colleagues and Justina Chen, award winning children’s and young adult author and co-founder of the literacy social media project readergirlz. Justina will talk about diversity in youth literature and "purpose," her own as an author committed to telling authentic stories, and also the purpose of libraries and the stories we all tell about our own meaning. Justina’s book, "Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies)" won the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, and her most recent book, "A Blind Spot for Boys" is a Booklist Top 10 Romances for Youth and listed on the 2014 Texas Lone Star Reading List. Justina is on a #hitwithgratitude tour with author Lorie Ann Grover where they are speaking to teens and adults alike about living with gratitude--in both their own personal and written stories. Find out more about Justina at