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Welcome to the 2024 WAPL Conference 
May 1 - 3, 2024 | Holiday Inn Stevens Point - Convention Center


Agenda is subject to change.



Registration will open in early March. 



More details coming soon.  


Keynote Speakers

Headshot of Jennifer ChiaveriniOpening Keynote:  A Conversation with Author Jennifer Chiaverini 

Join Madison’s own internationally bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini for a conversation and Q&A about her beloved Elm Creek Quilts series and her acclaimed historical novels, including several with Wisconsin ties.

She will discuss her lifelong love of libraries and how they figure in her fiction, including her latest release, THE MUSEUM OF LOST QUILTS—a new Elm Creek Quilts novel available just in time for the 25th anniversary of the series.

Speaker Biography





Headshot of Jenny KalvaitisThursday Luncheon Keynote:  Bridging the Gaps: Connecting LGBTQ+ Identity and Story with Jenny Kalvaitis and Kristen Whitson

For generations, LGBTQ+ people have had to search for their own histories on the shelves. Libraries can serve as the bridges to span those historical gaps. 

We Will Always Be Here: A Guide to Exploring and Understanding the History of LGBTQ+ Activism in Wisconsin tells the little-known stories of dozens of individuals who have empowered others to make positive changes in the state of Wisconsin and beyond. 


Whitson headshotCo-authors Jenny Kalvaitis and Kristen Whitson will share the stories behind the book, the power of connection, and the importance of activism in everyday life.


About the Speakers







Headshot Jeff Nania

Friday Closing Keynote:  The Power of Community, Conservation, and Crime Fiction with Author Jeff Nania

Jeff Nania fell in love with his public library the moment a librarian put a copy of Rascal into his hands when he was a boy. An avid reader and library patron his whole life, Jeff continues his support for libraries as an author and has shared his Northern Lakes Mystery series at dozens of library events across the state. Drawing upon careers in law enforcement and natural resources, his award-winning books captivate readers and keep them wondering who is on the right side of the law. Throughout his life, Jeff has taken the path less traveled, and these adventures have provided fodder for his engaging crime fiction while grounding his storytelling in the things he holds dear: family, community, and natural resources. 

About the Speaker





Pre-Conference Workshop - Preservation First: Book Protection & Repair Workshop

Wednesday, May 1 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm
$55 for WLA Members/$75 for Nonmembers

Facilitated by Kary Barth of Book Kare with Kary, this 3-hour workshop is designed to demonstrate quick and easy techniques for extending shelf life on general circulating materials. Prevention is the key, but we will address specific, common repairs. Limited to 25 participants. Must have 25 registered participants by April 15 to hold the workshop. 

Registration for this event is separate from the WAPL conference.  Workshop attendees do not need to register for the WAPL conference. Learn more. 

Opening Reception

Wednesday, May 1 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Expo Rooms 1 and 2

Catch up with your colleagues, make new friends, and create new connections in a relaxed setting. Enjoy appetizers and a rousing game of Bingo! Cash bar available. Pre-registration is required.


At the Movies with Librarians:  The Power of Word and Sound
Thursday, May 2 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Expo Rooms 3A, 3 B and 4

The panel will be discussing books being made into movies slated for release in 2024. After enjoying exciting trailers, panelists will analyze how well (or poorly) these books may translate to the screen. Popcorn will be served!


Tour of the Food + Farm Exploration Center
3400 Innovation Drive, Plover, WI 5446
Thursday, May 2 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a special tour of the Food + Farm Exploration Center - a place for connecting with food and those who grow it.  Come and see the incredible technology and sustainable practices used in modern production agriculture. Learn about where your food comes from and how it gets to your table by interacting with over 60 exhibits.  Visit Food + Farm Exploration Center | Hands-on Agriculture Exploration Center (explorefoodandfarm.org) to learn more. 

This event will require pre-registration and is limited to 50 participants.  $6.00 per attendee. 

Bus transportation sponsored by Stevens Point Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.


YSS Social
Thursday, May 2 | 7:30 pm- 9:00 pm
Woodland/Trillium rooms

 Members of the WLA Youth Services Section (YSS) will gather for an informal social.





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