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Wednesday, October 17

Meet & Greet Reception (7:00–9:00 pm)
This annual conference kick-off reception is not to be missed! Appetizers will be served and there will be a no-host bar. Are you a new WLA member or is it your first time attending the WLA 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, October 18

Welcome Breakfast & Keynote (8:30–9:45 am)
Details to come!
Included with registration.

Resilience Film Screening (12:001:45 pm)
Resilience is a new documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Light snacks will be provided.
Included with registration.

Thursday Reception (5:30–6
:30 pm)
Appetizers will be served and there will be a no-host bar. Details to come!
Included with registration.

WLA Brewery & Winery Crawl (6:30–8:00 pm)
Details to come!

The Last Solinus (8:00–9:00 pm)
For over half a century the Society Gaius Julius Solinus (v. Washingtonius), the nation's only quasi-official (We have an attached seal. So fuzzy!) library humor society has met once a year at WLA to poke gentle fun at the profession. For our finale we'll be reprising classics (including a possible HMS Rights for All) from past years.
Included with registration.


Friday, October 19

5th Annual WLA 5k Scholarship Fund Run and Yoga
The 5th Annual Fund the Future 5K Run will take you through one of Yakima’s beautiful and historical street. The route will take you down Naches Avenue which it is said to have been fashioned after Berlin's famous Unter den Linden. Or perhaps you may encounter the Woman in Black who haunted residents in 1897 down this very street.

Worried about meeting the Woman in Black? Then try Yoga! We will have David Lynx instruct a 50 minute yoga class. Not only is David certified in Primordial Sound Meditation, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, and Perfect Health, he is also YVC’s Larson Art Gallery Director.
Ticketed event.

CAYAS Author Breakfast with Mitali Perkins (8:30–9:45 am)
Mitali Perkins has written ten novels for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (nominated for the National Book Award, Walter Award honor book), Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years), Bamboo People (American Library Association's Top Ten Novels for Young Adults), and Tiger Boy (winner of the Charlotte Huck Honor Award and the South Asia Book Award). She has been honored as a "Most Engaging Author" by independent booksellers across the country and selected as a "Literary Light for Children" by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. Mitali was born in Kolkata, India, before immigrating to the United States. She has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana, studied at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ticketed event.

WLA Awards Lunch & Business Meeting (11:45–1:45 pm)
All attendees are invited to join WLA 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 WLA members who make the Washington library communities so special. WLA Merit Award winners will be announced soon, so be sure to check back!
Included with registration.

Friday Reception (5:30–6:30 pm)
Appetizers will be served and there will be a no-host bar. More details to come!
Included with registration.

An Edible Tour of the Dewey Decimal System: Banquet with Molly Wizenburg, Matthew Amster-Burton, and Angela Garbes (6:45–8:45 pm)
This one goes to 999! Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton—bestselling authors and hosts of the hit comedy food podcast Spilled Milk—welcome Angela Garbes, food writer and author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy, for a mouthwatering and largely uninformed romp through the Dewey system. Thought all the food books were found in 641.5? Think again.
Included with registration.

President's Reception (9:00–11:00 pm)
All conference attendees are invited to mix, mingle and enjoy a beverage and light snacks with WLA's President Craig Seasholes and other WLA movers & shakers.


Saturday, October 20

Saturday Morning Keynote with Ijeoma Oluo (8:30–9:45 am)
Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller. She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press. Named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian, among other outlets.
Included with registration.

For the Love of Libraries: Lunch & Keynote with Dan Gemeinhart (12:00–1:45 pm)
Dan Gemeinhart lives in a small town smack dab in the middle of Washington state with his wife and three young daughters. He was lucky and grateful to be a teacher-librarian in an elementary school for fourteen years, where he got to share awesome books with awesome kids. Dan has written five middle grade novels: Scar Island, The Honest Truth, Some Kind of Courage, Good Dog, and the upcoming The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise.
Included with registration.

Exhibits Grand Finale with Raffle (3:15–3:45 pm)
Details to come!
Included with registration.