2016 Conference Special Events

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

Wednesday, November 2

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

National Museum of Dance
Take this opportunity to visit the National Museum of Dance, the only museum in the nation dedicated solely to dance. The National Museum of Dance is located in one of Saratoga’s historic buildings and houses videos, photographs, costumes and much more! Our visit will include a docent led tour of the museums exhibits. Tickets are $30 per person and includes transportation and admission. Registration deadline is 9/30.

National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame
Embrace all that is Saratoga by joining us on a docent led tour of the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame. Experience the numerous exhibits and galleries dedicated to one of America’s oldest sports as well as art and trophy collections. Tickets are $30 per person and includes transportation and admission. Registration deadline is 9/30.

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 $25 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.

Thursday, November 3

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

Navigating NYLA
11:00 AM– 12:00 PM
Sponsored by: NMES
Wondering about how to get the most out of your NYLA membership and your attendance at the conference?  This session will provide you with what you need to know to leverage your involvement.
This is a free event.

*Empire State Center for the Book Luncheon
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Join the Empire State Center for the Book for their Literary Luncheon featuring Ezekiel Boone and Steve Hamilton.
Ezekiel Boone was born in Canada but lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and children. The Hatching is Zeke’s first thriller and the first book in a series, with Skitter coming in 2017. The Hatching series has sold in twelve countries and nine languages, and has been optioned for the screen. When not writing thrillers, Zeke writes acclaimed literary fiction under a different name. Along with a healthy respect for spiders, Zeke has two poorly behaved dogs and enjoys the outdoors.   

Steve Hamilton is one of the most acclaimed mystery writers in the world, and one of only two authors (along with Ross Thomas) to win Edgars for both Best First Novel and Best Novel. His Alex McKnight series includes two New York Times notable books, and he’s put two recent titles on the New York Times bestseller list. He’s either won or received multiple nominations for virtually every other crime fiction award in the business, from the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award to the Anthony to the Barry to the Gumshoe. Hamilton lives in Cottekil, New York, with his wife Julia and their two children Nicholas G. and Antonia.
Tickets are $45 per person.

PLS Author! Author!
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Northshire Bookstore,  424 Broadway
PLS is thrilled to host author Julia Claiborne Johnson at the beautiful Northshire Bookstore. She will be speaking about her "poignant, funny, wholly original" (Library Journal Starred Review) debut novel, Be Frank with Me. Tickets are $35 for NYLA members and $45 for non-members, and include appetizers and an hour of open bar.
Julia Claiborne Johnson, Author

YSS Telling Tales
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Annual storytelling event and fundraiser for the Ann Gibson Scholarship Fund. Marni Gillard and Kate Dudding local storytellers, storyteachers, and published authors will entertain and share their love of storytelling.  Donations to the Ann Gibson Scholarship Fund will be gratefully accepted at the event.


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.

*NYLA-Dewey Scholarship Fund Benefit Event featuring Double Axel
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Our annual Scholarship Fund Benefit Event will be held at Vapor Night Club at Saratoga Raceway.  Join us for an evening of rock & roll with northern New York’s favorite party band Double Axel.  Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served and shuttle transportation provided.
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 – Fail Night
10:00 PM
Sponsored by: Urban Librarians Unite
Join us for tales of failure, from the miniscule to the monumental.  Celebrate how we learn more from the things that go wrong, and take a turn telling the story of your biggest disaster.

3rd Annual MSRT Making & STEAM Showcase
Thursday & Friday
Sponsored by: MSRT


Friday, November 4

Spring Trail Fun-Run
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Approximately 3.5 miles
On this out and back run, you will take a relatively flat paved course on and off road ending in the High Rock Park.  Most of the run will follow the Spring Run Trail, an off road Victorian-era railroad bed along the fault line of historic natural springs. This is a pre-dawn event, headlamp and reflective gear suggested.
This is a free event, registration is appreciated.

LAMS Leadership Luncheon: Productivity: How to Make Everyday Awesome
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director of the Pioneer Library System, a cooperative system in western New York serving 42 small and rural libraries, will talk about how shifting the way we think about our day-to-day priorities and focusing on methods, tools, and habits can lead to the most productive versions of ourselves.  As a result of participating in this program, attendees will become familiar with existing productivity methods, learn habits to increase productivity, and learn about productivity tools that can be used to help with organization and task management.
Tickets are $35 per person.

RASS Noted Author Luncheon
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Kerry Egan is the author of On Living (October 2016) and Fumbling: A Pilgrimage Tale of Love, Grief, and Spiritual Renewal on the Camino de Santiago, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. A hospice chaplain and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, her essays on CNN.com about working with the dying have been read more than 2 million times. She and her work have been featured on CNN’s morning edition and on PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. She was the Writer-in-Residence at the Aspen Institute’s AspenWords program last fall, where she read from her in-progress manuscript of On Living to a standing-room-only crowd. She and her family live in Columbia, South Carolina.
Tickets are $35 per person.

YSS Empire State Award Luncheon
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
The Youth Services Section is pleased to host author, Steve Sheinkin, winner of the 2016 Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People.  Mr. Sheinkin is an award-winning author of nonfiction for children and young adults.  His works have received many honors including a Newberry Honor, two National Book Awards, and the Sibert Medal.  His most recent work, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War is a National Book Award finalist and was this year’s winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.
Tickets are $35 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.
Register to volunteer for Battle Decks and a Lip Sync Battle!

*NYLA Inaugural Banquet
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Join us for the farewell address of the 2016 NYLA President Debby Emerson, the presentation of NYLA’s major awards, and the inauguration of the 2017 NYLA President, Barbara Stripling.
Tickets are $50 per person.  One ticket is included with Full Conference Registration.

Saturday, November 5

*Intellectual Freedom for Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
How did the American college campus become a hotbed of free speech violations and censorship? Why do students want to rid their universities of subjects and ideas that cause offense and discomfort? Come and learn from the authority on campus intellectual freedom issues. Greg Lukianoff is an attorney who has been campaigning for free speech on campuses for a decade. He is the president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) which defends students and faculty who have been silenced and sanctioned for speaking. His most recent book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, analyzes how the culture of censorship breeds intolerance of dialogue and the dissenting opinion with grave consequences for our freedom. His cover story in the September 2015 issue of the Atlantic entitled "The Coddling of the American Mind", co-authored with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, about the mental health implications of a campus culture fervently trying to protect students from ideas, was an internet sensation that led to serious discussion. Greg has also written for The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, TIME, Congressional Quarterly, The Charleston Law Review, and numerous other publications. He has appeared on the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning, NBC's Today Show, CNN's New Day, C-Span's Washington Journal, Fox's Special Report and The O'Reilly Factor, Fox Business's Stossel and the Independents, and MSNBC's Dr. Nancy.
Tickets are $25 per person.