MLA 2018 Special Events

Leadership Academy Breakfast

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Room: Jade
$20.00 per person – early bird rate
$25.00 post early bird

Join the current 2018 Leadership Academy class and past alums to start the conference out right! This breakfast will honor our newly graduated class and provide you the platform to reconnect with the past cohort.

State Librarian's Lunch

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Room: Crystal/Onyx
$35.00 per person – early bird rate
$40.00 post early bird
Guest tickets are available for $35.00

Join State Librarian Randy Riley as he announces and honors the winner of the Library of Michigan Foundation State Librarian’s Excellence Award.

All Conference Opening Reception

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Trade Show Floor, Suburban Collection Showplace
Please pre-register for this event – free
Guest tickets are available for $35.00

Keep the energy and excitement of opening day going by meeting up with colleagues and friends on the trade show floor. Exchange notes on what you’ve seen and heard during the first day of conference while visiting with vendors. Hors d’oeuvre stations are included and a cash bar will be available. This event is free to attend for all Wednesday conference attendees.


Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00 - 7:45 a.m.
Friday, October 19, 2018
7:00 - 7:45 a.m.
Room: Ivory
Please pre-register for this event – free

Gentle Yoga to awaken your energy to flow through your conference day. Bring a towel (or a mat if you have one) and wear clothes that can comfortably stretch with you as you gently move in seven directions.Yoga instruction will be provided by MLA 2016-17 Past President Kathleen Zaenger. Water will be provided. 

Executive Exchange

Thursday, October 18, 2018
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Room: Gold
Please pre-register for this event – free

An unconference in a conference. Any dean, director, upper management or aspiring leader is encouraged to attend!

Thursday Keynote Lunch and Fashion Show

Thursday, October 18, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Room: Crystal/Onyx
Please pre-register for Thursday’s Keynote Lunch – free
Style in the Stacks Fundraiser Fashion Show voting tickets – $10.00 each

Style in the Stacks

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Don’t know what to do with all those leftover tax forms? How about old VHS tapes? Or the bags full of paperback romance novels that get donated every month to the library? Well we do!

Join us at Thursday’s Keynote Lunch and watch your fellow librarians become divas of the catwalk as they model their library material creations. Purchase a ticket for $10.00 for a chance to vote for your favorite style! All proceeds will support the MLA Scholarship Fund.

Our host emcee will be none other than Scott Duimstra, Executive Director from CADL. So, come join the fun, celebrate the creativity of your peers and support the MLA Scholarship Fund.

Keynote Presentation with Patty Buccellato

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Nonverbal cues speak volumes. Though we’re not all born gifted communicators, the traits of the masters can be acquired. Infuse new energy into your messages with the Three Secrets of Stellar Communicators. Learn how you and your staff can master the messages sent between your words for impactful outcomes in every interaction!

Patty Buccellato is an image coach, author and professional speaker who finds passion in helping clients define that often-elusive visual presence that fuels their path to success in work, love, play -- in life. Read more

Your Professional Connection and Poster Reception

Thursday, October 18, 2018
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Please pre-register for this event – free
Guest Tickets are available for $35.00

This casual, inclusive reception is designed to bring emerging professionals, local MLIS program alumni and established library professionals from all backgrounds together to learn about innovative new projects, network and grow professionally. Whether your goal is to make new connections, explore collaboration opportunities, or simply put faces with names, this event will help you grow your network. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Appetizers are included and a cash bar will be available. 

Paradise Park Party

Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Paradise Park
45799 Grand River Ave.
Novi, MI 48374
(248) 735-1050
$30.00 per person – pre-registration is required by Sunday, October 7.
Onsite Registration will not be available.

Join your colleagues for dinner and afterhours fun at Paradise Park! Network with colleagues during a round of miniature golf, or opt for a friendly game of laser tag. Ticket price includes a dinner buffet, one drink ticket and one activity ticket. Choose from Go Karts, Climbing Wall, Miniature Golf, Spaceship Simulator, Trampoline Center, Laser Tag, Miniature Bowling and Euro Bungy Dome. Additional activity tickets, and drink tickets will be available for purchase onsite.

Michigan Author Award Lunch

Friday, October 19, 2018
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Room: Opal
$30.00 per person – early bird rate
$35.00 post early bird
Guest tickets are available for $35.00

Join us in honoring the 2018 Michigan Author Award Winner Beverly Jenkins. Be sure to reserve your tickets now! Tickets will sell out.


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