2018 WA Library Legislative Day

Advocacy Bootcamp | Pricing | Legislative Day Schedule | Hotels | Parking

Join us in Olympia on March 1 for the WA Library Legislative Day, sponsored by WLA! This is a great opportunity to network with library supporters from around the state and meet with State Legislators and their staff to discuss the value of libraries and the impact laws have on them. Online registration is closed, but there will be onsite registration available.

Location: The United Churches, 110 11th Ave SE in Olympia, WA 98501 

ALA Advocacy Bootcamp

On February 28, the day before Library Legislative Day, the American Library Association (ALA) will be hosting their Advocacy Bootcamp! Advocacy Bootcamp urges attendees to re-think advocacy: to re-define the library community and expand the way we have been advocating for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy. This workshop is presented by Jamie LaRue (Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom & The Freedom to Read Foundation) and Marci Merola (Director, ALA Office for Library Advocacy).


WA Library Legislative Day - Thursday, March 1
All member types and non-members FREE
ALA Advocacy Bootcamp - Wednesday, February 28
WLA Individual member $35
WLA Student/Friend/Trustee/Retired/Unemployed/Emeritus $25
Non-member $50

Legislative Day Schedule

Wednesday, February 28
1:00 – 4:30pm ALA Advocacy Bootcamp
5:00 – 6:30pm Happy hour (no host)
Thursday, March 1
8:15 – 8:30am Check in for early-bird session
8:30 – 9:15am  Early-bird session: an abbreviated session for participants
9:30 – 10:00am  Arrival and pick up information packets
10:00 – 10:05am Welcome, acknowledge special guests
Craig Seasholes, WLA President
10:05 – 10:15am State of the State Library:
Kim Wyman, Washington Secretary of State
Cindy Aden, Washington State Librarian
10:15 – 10:30am Legislative briefings:
Abby Moore, Lobbyist, Early Learning Public Library Partnership (ELPLP)
Carolyn Logue, Lobbyist, Washington Library Association
10:30 – 11:00am Presentations on Library Policy and Advocacy
Marci Merola, ALA Office for Library Advocacy
Invited:  Senator Lisa Wellman and Senator Joe Fain
11:00am – 3:45pm Lunch on your own and Meetings with legislators

The conference room in the Secretary of State’s office will be available for refreshments and respite from 1:15 – 3:00pm.


Nearby Hotels

TownePlace Suites
900 Capitol Way South
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 753-8770

The Governor Hotel
621 Capitol Way South
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 352-7700

Parking in Downtown Olympia

During the week, there is no parking at the United Churches. Please consult the following resources to find nearby parking.

City of Olympia Downtown Parking Map

Washington State Capitol Campus Parking Options