Special Events

SI Gives Back

Continuing the tradition of supporting local youth-based programs, attendees of Spring Institute are invited to bring a donation for HQ, a drop-in center for youth ages 14 thru 24 who are experiencing unsafe or unstable housing. HQ was created to help young people find a place to rest, obtain resources and connections, and receive support thru professional skill building. HQ exists as a transformative space where everyone is included and diversity is celebrated.

HQ can accept the following:

An exhaustive list and suggestions can be found on their Amazon Wishlist!

*=Gently used OK

Donations will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning until 8:50 a.m. on Friday morning and presented to HQ during Friday morning’s welcome and announcements. Learn more about HQ.

Let’s Chat Breakout SessionsLets_Chat

Less formal than a breakout session, but more structured than an unconference, Let’s Chat sessions are a chance to discuss important library topics. The topics and moderators have been selected for you, but you get to choose your participation level. Jump in and share your thoughts, opinions and experiences – or sit back and take some great notes about what others are doing in the library community. Moderators will share what they are doing and why and then open the floor for interaction by the audience. Add your two cents and Let’s Chat!

Cool Things My Library Does

Thursday, March 22, 2017
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
This is a free event, but pre-registration is required

Discover and explore what “cool things” other libraries in our great state have going on! Browse exciting projects and new ideas at each table. Spend some time learning about the ones that pique your interest and find out how you can implement these great programs, projects and concepts at your own library. This strolling reception will inspire your mind while filling your belly! Light appetizers and beverages available.


3-D Print & Sprint
David Silberman, Novi Public Library

Awesome Teen Crafts and Clubs
Therese Bulszewicz, Romeo District Library

Henna for Teens - Henna to Dye For
Anshu Varma, Henna By Design

How to Teach Chess Even If You Don’t Know How to Play
Jeff Jantz, Wayne State University, C2 Pipeline

Readers’ Choice Award
Anne Pott, Herrick District Library

Ready Reads
Megan Goedge, Petoskey District Library

The Library Is Going to the Dogs!
Beth Lowe, Fowlerville District Library

Uke-ing Around with Puppets
Patricia Kjolhede, Tunes and Tales by Tricia

Just Lunch - Trivia Challenge

Friday, March 23, 2018
12:20 – 1:50 p.m.
This is a free event, but pre-registration is required

Net·work (verb):  interacting with other people to exchange information and develop contacts.

Networking. The mere word becomes the antithesis of fun for most people, but it is sometimes a necessity to further your career. Join your colleagues in the ultimate anti-networking lunch. Collaborate, connect and engage with your fellow librarians during this table vs. table trivia challenge. This fun, lively and entertaining lunch will make you forget that you’re networking! Winners take home bragging rights but everyone leaves as a networking champion!