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Spring Institute: People First

Special Events

Opening Reception at the University of Michigan Hatcher Library

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
University of Michigan Hatcher Library
913 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
This is a free event, but pre-registration is required

Join the University of Michigan and MLA as we welcome you to Ann Arbor. The Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery will be open for conference attendees for a welcome reception courtesy of the University of Michigan. Along with food and beverage, virtual reality gaming stations and library tours will be available so guests can experience how the library puts People First.

Cool Things My Library Does

5:30 – 6:30 pm
This is a free event, but pre-registration is required

Explore the “cool things” libraries in our great state are doing! Discover exciting new ideas at each table and find out how you can implement these great programs and projects at your own library. Light appetizers and beverages will be available.

Game Night

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 pm
Hotel Lounge
This is a free event, but pre-registration is required

Join your colleagues for a fun night of gameplay following the first day of conference events. Board games and card games will be available, but you are welcome to bring along your favorite game to join in the fun.

Bookmobile Rally

11:30am – 12:15pm              
Registration not required

Come explore our bookmobiles! Several of the state’s bookmobiles will be gathered outside the conference for guests to explore during Friday’s break. 

Trivia Lunch

12:15 – 1:30 pm
This is a free event, but pre-registration is required

Enjoy some stress-free networking during Spring Institute’s trivia challenge. This table vs. table trivia competition will offer opportunities to collaborate, connect and engage with your fellow librarians. Winners take home bragging rights, but everyone leaves a networking champion!

Spring Institute Gives Back

Continuing the tradition of supporting local youth-based programs, attendees are invited to bring a donation to benefit youth in need. Please consider bringing a donation or any amount of a needed item to benefit OZONE HOUSE in Ann Arbor.

Items will be collected at the conference registration desk.

Ozone House is a community-based, nonprofit agency that helps young people lead safe, healthy, and productive lives through intensive intervention and prevention services. At Ozone House, youth find safety and nonjudgmental support from adults and peers. Whether youth need shelter, housing, individual or family counseling, 1:1 support and life skills, a job, to enroll in school, or a hot meal, our door is always open.

Needed Items:

  • Full-size hygiene products
  • New clothes (with tags on)
  • New bedding/sheets, in original packaging
  • New towels, in original packaging
  • Unopened laundry and cleaning supplies
  • Unused kitchen utensils/supplies
  • Backpacks and school supplies

Or visit their Amazon Wish List 




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