CSLA 2016 Conference Special Events

Here are some of the special events planned for the CSLA 2016 conference:


Birds of a Feather

5:00pm-6:00pm Thursday

Meet in small groups with others who work at the same level and/or the same role as you do.

Elementary: Bahia Belle
Middle School: Del Mar
High School: Ventana
Private Schools: La Jolla
Retirees: Marina
County Office of Ed: President’s Suite
University: Pacific
Paraprofessionals: Bahia Belle II
District Librarians/Districts Admins: Shell


First Timers' Meeting

6:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, Ventana Room

First time at the conference? Gather to meet other newbies and learn the ropes from two longtime CSLA veterans. Join Past Presidents Liz Dodds and Jane Lofton for tips on how to make your first conference a rewarding experience.



8:00pm-10:30pm Thursday, Ventana Room

At the UnConference, you set the agenda and you are the expert. Don’t miss this chance to share and learn about the latest trends and ideas in school libraries with your colleagues. Visit the UnConference Wiki for more information and to contribute your input.


Walk Around the Bay

7:00am-7:30am Friday & Saturday, Meet at the Bahia Front Desk

Join Past-President Liz Dodds for an early morning jaunt around the bay. Great to get your blood flowing and your brain charged for the day.

Open General Session & Keynote with Adora Svitak

Open General Session & Keynote with Adora Svitak

8:00am-9:30am Friday, Bayside Pavilion

Adora Svitak, one of our authentic, diverse youth voices will speak as a youth education advocate and author in support of libraries acting as Doorways to Diversities.


Membership Lunch & Meeting

11:45am-1:15pm Friday, Bayside Pavilion

Come join us for this important Membership Forum! Bring your ideas and reflections to guide our association’s work.


Officers’ and Presidents’ Reception

7:00pm-9:00pm Friday, Shell/Ventana

Come join us for food, drink, merriment, and lots of dancing! This is your chance to meet your officers and presidents in a casual social setting. Let’s have fun together!


Author Panels


Class of 2k16 – California Debut Authors Talk about Diversity: with Traci Chee, Audrey Coulthurst, Dana Elmendorf, Rahul Kanakia, Tara Sim, and moderator Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan. 7:30am-8:15am

Inside Award-Winning Illustrator’s Studio: with Rafael Lopez. Joy Chu, and moderator Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan. 8:30am-9:15am

Examining Diversity in KidLit: with Larry Dane Brimner, Cathy Camper, Edith Hope Fine, Alexis O’Neill, and moderator Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan. 2:15pm-3:00pm

Writing About Women Who Rock It So Hard!: with Susan Casey, Jeri Chase Ferris, Kathleen Krull, Audrey Vernick, and moderator Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan. 3:15pm-4:00pm


Speed Date the Authors

9:30am-10:30am Saturday, Bayside Pavilion

This is your chance to meet with a variety of authors in an intimate setting. This is a ticketed, extra-charge event.


Local Connections

5:00pm-6:00pm Saturday, Shell/Ventana

As in previous years, we invite you to come to a brief reception just prior to the CYRM/Author & Illustrator Banquet. Enjoy the no-host bar and meet up with others from the same part of California. Our Section Representatives have prepared a table just for you. If you like to get dressed up, this is a perfect time to meet with your friends for pictures, too. Lifetouch Photography will take complimentary pictures of individuals and groups.

California Young Reader Medal Banquet

California Young Reader Medal Banquet

6:00pm-8:00pm Saturday, Mission Bay Ballroom

Enjoy a delicious meal with your colleagues and some of our wonderful authors/illustrators followed by speeches from nominating students and our two award winning authors: Audrey Vernick and Jennifer Nielsen. This is a ticketed, extra-charge event.


Legislative Session & Breakfast

7:00am-8:30am Sunday, Mission Bay Ballroom

Sunday’s Legislative Meeting will feature Dr. Devin Vodicka,  Superintendent of Schools for Vista Unified; Dr. Timothy Baird, Superintendent, Encinatas Union School District; and Dr. Tom Adams, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction and Learning, California Department of Education.

Closing Session Keynote & Lunch with Bernie Trilling

Closing Session Keynote & Lunch with Bernie Trilling

11:45am-1:15pm Sunday, Mission Bay Ballroom

Bernie Trilling, author and chair of the National Education Association’s P21’s Standards, Assessment and Professional Development Committee, which produced the 21st Century Learning Framework will speak on Diversity of literacies and accompanying skills brought into our learning in the 21st Century.