NYLA 2017 | Special Events

*Denotes events included in the Package Plan Registration. You will also receive one Section Luncheon.

Wednesday, November 8

Local Tours
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Our tour depart from and return to the Saratoga Hilton, and include transportation and admission in the ticket price.

Saratoga Region Winery Tour
Join us as we taste our way through two of Saratoga’s wineries! The Thirsty Owl Outlet & Wine Garden offers 20 different wines in a fun and casual environment. The rustic and unique Saratoga Winery is a great place to relax and taste their signature wines! Tickets are $39 per person and include transportation, wine tastings, and light appetizers at both locations.

CORT Annual Dinner
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Join members of the Correctional and Outreach Resource Team (CORT) for their annual gathering and dinner.
Tickets are $29 per person.

PCRT Game Night
7:00 PM - ?
Harvey's Restaurant & Bar, 14 Phila Street
Come play games, mingle & have fun! Games provided or bring your favorite along.
Tickets are $5 per person, available at the door.

YSS - Ann Gibson Scholarship Reception
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
"Telling Tales" has been retired, and we will be holding a reception to support the Ann Gibson Scholarship Fund.  Join us at Jacob & Anthony's for a dessert reception and a cash bar.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Thursday, November 9

NYLA Annual Membership Meeting
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Open to all NYLA members.

New To NYLA? Start Here!
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Sponsored by: NMES
Welcome to NYLA! If you want to learn about library advocacy, how to become more involved, or have ever wondered what the organization does for libraries, please join us.
This is a free event.

*Empire State Center for the Book Luncheon - SOLD OUT!

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Join the Empire State Center for the Book for their Literary Luncheon featuring Rebecca Donnelly and Kate White.

Rebecca Donnelly was born in England, where she got to stand in the rain and wave at the Queen once. At the age of seven she moved to California, where they don't do things like that and holds an MLIS from San Jose State University. Rebecca is the director of the Norwood Public Library, a small rural library in upstate New York, and has written for both School Library Journal and The Horn Book. Her debut middle-grade novel is How to Stage a Catastrophe.


Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of the standalone psychological thrillers The Secrets You Keep, The Wrong Man, Eyes on You, Hush, and The Sixes, as well as seven Bailey Weggins mysteries. White is also the author of several popular career books for women, including I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve and editor of the Anthony and Agatha Award nominated The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. She lives in New York City.
Her most recent book, Even If It Kills Her, the 7th in the bestselling Bailey Weggins mystery series, is out October 31 from Harper Paperbacks.

PLS Author! Author!
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Northshire Bookstore,  424 Broadway
PLS is thrilled to host author Lisa Ko at the beautiful Northshire Bookstore! Join us to hear her speak about The Leavers, hailed in Publisher's Weekly as a timely, “fresh and moving look at the immigrant experience” (Starred Review). Tickets are $35 for NYLA members and $45 for non-members, and include appetizers and cocktails.
Lisa Ko, Author

New Members Meet & Greet
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Join with fellow new members of NYLA to explore ways to engage.  Open to all. Sponsored by the New Members Engagement Sub-committee (NMES).  This is a free event.

SMART Membership Meeting
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
Max London’s Restaurant, 466 Broadway
Join us for the SMART Membership Meeting, we'll hold our business meeting in the high-top table area near the bar. SMART will provide appetizers - drinks are on your own. See you there!

NYLA-Dewey Scholarship Fund Benefit Event featuring Battle of the (LIBRARY) Bands
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Newberry Music Hall, 388 Broadway
Our annual Scholarship Fund Benefit Event will be held at the Newberry Music Hall.  Join us for the first-ever Battle of the (LIBRARY) Bands.  Each performing band will include at least one librarian!
Proceeds from the event will support the NYLA-Dewey Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to enable interested and deserving students to pursue a Masters Degree in Library Science at an ALA-accredited library school in New York State.  Each year, a recipient from each of New York’s eight library schools is eligible for an award of $1,000 to cover tuition costs and related expenses.
Tickets are $50 per person.

NYLA After Dark
10:00 PM – ?
Sponsored by: Urban Librarians Unite
Just wait till you see what we have up our sleeves for afterhours hijinks for 2017!

Friday, November 10

Spring Trail Fun-Run
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Approximately 3.5 miles
On this out and back run, we will take a slightly hilly 5k course around the Skidmore Campus.  We will pass mansions reflecting Victorian architecture from the 1870s to the turn of the twentieth century as well as the newly built Palazzo Riggi that will be decorated for the holidays.  Sidewalks, bike lanes and soft gravel paths will keep us all safe, but since this is a pre-dawn event, headlamp and reflective gear are suggested.
Registration for this event is $8 per person.  Proceeds to benefit the NYLA Sustainability Initiative Fund.

LAMS Leadership Luncheon: Soft Skills for Hard Times: Essential Business Strategies to Empower the Library Leader
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Developing as a Leader in the world of libraries takes a lot more than experience working as a librarian. By delving into the world of business management and leadership, we can benefit from a wealth of skills and strategies to help lead your organization and profession towards a successful future in the 21st century. Borrowing from the areas of Project Management, Data Analysis, Sales, and Customer Service can bring immense benefits to your skill set as a manager and leader, and lend your library an edge in achieving its quest for excellence. In this presentation, Emily will discuss some ways library professionals can incorporate more strategies originally developed to help businesses get ahead into our profession, and the ways doing so can help us better reach our strategic goals.
Emily Clasper, MLIS, PMP; has been at Suffolk Cooperative Library System since 2005. She has helped provide cooperative services and technical support to 54 public libraries. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), often coordinating large cooperative projects for the libraries in her consortium and offering her project planning and development skills to libraries seeking assistance in making great ideas come to life.
Tickets are $39 per person.

RASS Noted Author Luncheon
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Innocents and Others (2016), a finalist for the Los Angles Times Book     Prize; Stone Arabia (2011), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Eat the Document (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and Lightning Field (2001). Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and was awarded the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Syracuse and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.
Tickets are $39 per person.

YSS Empire State Award Luncheon
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
The Youth Services Section is pleased to present the 2017 Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People to James Howe. Mr. Howe is a multi-award-winning author of over ninety books for children and young adults. He is most known for Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery published in 1979. He received more than ten Children’s Choice Awards for Bunnicula and went on to write six sequels and several spinoff series. The Misfits, published by Howe in 2001, inspired the creation in 2004 of the anti-bullying initiative No Name-Calling Week by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network). In 2006, Howe was honored with GLSEN’s Respect Award. In 2007, he was awarded the E.B. White Read Aloud Award for his book Houndsley and Catina, which was illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay.
His most recent works include the crossover juvenile and young adult fiction book, Also Known as Elvis published in 2014 and picture book, Big Bob, Little Bob, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson and published in 2016. Upcoming in Fall 2017 is a personal essay entitled "How Miracles Begin" in Behind the Song, a young adult anthology about music.  Two more Houndsley and Catina books are due out in 2018 and 2019.
When not writing books, James Howe enjoys composing and performing songs with his husband, Mark Davis, under their band name Old Dogs New Tricks. He also enjoys playing the cello, drawing, reading, spending time with friends and family, and going to music performances, plays, and movies. Aside from four years in Boston during college, he has lived in New York State all his life. Mr. Howe currently resides in Yonkers, NY with his husband, their dog, and two cats.
Tickets are $39 per person.

NYLA presents Battle Decks!
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Improv meets public speaking: courageous volunteers tackle a live presentation based on PowerPoints slides that they have NEVER seen before.  Hilarity will ensue.  This is a free event.

NYLA Inaugural Banquet
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Join us for the farewell address of the 2017 NYLA President Barbara Stripling, the presentation of NYLA’s major awards, and the inauguration of the 2018 NYLA President, Tim Burke.
Tickets are $59 per person.  One ticket is included with Full Conference Registration through the Early Bird Deadline.

Saturday, November 11

Intellectual Freedom (and Social Justice!) for Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Since 1939, The Library Bill of Rights has defined a core value of Librarianship: intellectual freedom. But recent cases suggest a shift. A 2016 PEN America report found support for free speech is falling among college students, although support for social justice is rising. "A Birthday Cake for George Washington," a children's book written, illustrated a and edited by women of color, was withdrawn from the market by the publisher when African-Americans began tweeting about #smilingslaves. How do we connect the dot between intellectual freedom and social justice? Can we?
James (Jamie) LaRue is Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Author of The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges (Libraries Unlimited, 2007). He is a former public library administrator, academic librarian, newspaper columnist and TV author interview host. An experienced speaker, he has provided hundreds of keynotes, workshops, and webinars for trustees, communities, and librarians on such topics as effective library advocacy, digital publishing challenges, patron privacy, policy formation, and civic engagement.
Tickets are $29 per person.

NCLA Presents: The NYLA Pop Culture After Party
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Get your geek on with Nassau County Library Association’s Pop Culture Committee, as we wrap-up NYLA Annual with a post-conference party! Meet fellow fan-friendly librarians, discover pop culture programming possibilities, and let let your inner nerd loose—all while enjoying a full catered lunch.

  1. Come to the Dark Side and meet the Star Wars cosplayers from the 501st Legion: Garrison Excelsior (and, yes, there will be cookies)
  2. Delve into the fabulous and funny world of fan films, with pop culture presenter Clive Young
  3. Bring your old comics and trade them for new (to you) ones at our comic book swap
  4. Be our guest—either behind the mic or in the audience— for a Disney Karaoke showcase
  5. Use your complementary raffle ticket to go gaga over the dozen-or-so gift baskets up for grabs

Registration is $39 and includes admission to all party activities, lunch, and a raffle ticket.