Special Events – 2017 Conference

Here are some of the special events planned for the CSLA 2017 conference:


Birds of a Feather

3:30 – 4:30pm Thursday

Birds of a Feather is a special meeting time for to meet with peers from different districts or organizations that serve in the same function (sometimes called job-alikes). Groups have their own private meeting space to discuss common challenges and support each other. Each group creates their own meeting agenda and share relevant resources. Some groups have made the commitment to be their own Special Interest Group, as well. The SIGs allow peers to meet regularly using CSLA’s online meeting rooms to actively cultivate a network to get advice and share ideas on topics that few others in their sphere of influence can appreciate.

Meeting groups & locations include:

University – Salon 4 (Table 1)
County Office of Education – Salon 4 (Table 3)
District Librarians – Ballroom, Salon 1
High School – Ballroom, Salon 2
Middle School – Bodega
Elementary – Cotati
Independent/Private Schools – Sonoma
Paraprofessionals – Santa Rosa
Retirees – Salon 4 (Table 2)


First Timers' Meeting

4:45pm – 5:45pm Thursday, Grand Ballroom Salon 1 & 2

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



8:30pm – 11:00pm Thursday, Grand Ballroom Salon 1 & 2

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.

Opening General Session & Keynote

Opening General Session & Keynote

9:00am – 10:15am Friday, Grand Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Tiffany Whitehead:

Visible and Vibrant Libraries: School librarians know how important an active, vibrant library program is to the culture of a school. Tiffany Whitehead will explore what it takes to make your library an integral part of your school’s learning community.


Awards Luncheon

12:30pm – 2:00pm Friday, Grand Ballroom

Come enjoy lunch and see Awards presentations.


Makerspace Event

2:15pm – 3:00pm, Ballroom Lobby

You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to attend a session about maker spaces (seats limited) and/or visit the makerspace examples sprinkled throughout the ballroom lobby to spark your imagination. Details


Membership Meeting

3:15pm-4:45pm Friday, Grand Ballroom

Membership Meeting is your forum for shaping our organization. The intent is for members to have a common space in which to raise concerns and questions that impact the direction and emphasis of CSLA. This meeting will also provide opportunities to collaborate with other members and discover opportunities to engage with CSLA throughout the year.


Exhibit Hall Exhibits & Opening Reception

5pm-8pm Friday, 8:15am-2:15pm Saturday, Chardonnay & Vineyard

Make sure to bring your appetite to the opening reception Friday night. There will be a carving station, bread and butter, fruit and veggies, several side dishes, and at least one surprise dish. There will also be a no-host bar.

There will also be activities each day (Friday and Saturday) in the Exhibit Hall. Periodically you’ll hear music playing – find the nearest exhibit table (kind of like musical chairs) and wait for the music to stop. When the music stops, an exhibitor will be chosen at random and all those visiting that exhibitor’s table will get a reward. Some rewards will be big and some will be small – visit every exhibitor!


Officers' & Presidents' Reception

8:00pm – 10:30pm Friday, Grand Ballroom

Directly after the exhibit hall closes Friday night, head over to our welcome event. Wear comfortable shoes or kick off your heels because there’s going to be music and dancing. We will be serving dessert! A no host bar will be available. This is your chance to meet your Board of Directors, including our incoming and
outgoing Presidents and Officers, in a casual setting.


Author Panels

Saturday, Grand Ballroom Salon 3

There will be four author panels, held during the concurrent session times on Saturday. All author panels are facilitated by Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan.

Our panels include:

Possibilities of Real-Life: Telling History’s Stories: with Gennifer Choldenko, Darcey Rosenblatt, Alexis O’Neill, and Annette Bay Pimentel. (8:30am – 9:15am)

Possibilities of Asian-American KidLit: Red Fire Chickens and Beyond: with Mike Jung, Natasha Yim, Traci Chee, and Sunny Seki.(10:15am – 11:00am)

Possibilities of Nonfiction: What’s Next?: with Jeri Chase Ferris, Pamela S. Turner, Michelle Markel, Emma Bland Smith, and Sneed B. Collard III. (1:15pm – 2:00pm)

Possibilities of Fiction: What’s Next?: with Gennifer
Choldenko, Jeff Anderson, Linda Joy Singleton, Greg Trine, and Stephen Pastis. (2:30pm – 3:15pm)

Look for more author sessions during the conference concurrent session times on Saturday.


Mix & Mingle with the Authors

2:30pm-3:30pm Saturday, Grand Ballroom Salon 3 & 4

(Additional cost event requires registration)

This is your chance to meet with a variety of authors in an intimate setting.  Mix and Mingle with your favorite children’s book authors and illustrators. Learn about their new titles. Win their books! Meet book-lovers and come nerd out!


Photography Opportunities

Saturday, 4:30pm - 7:00pm, upper lobby

Our photographer is open for group and individual pictures beginning at 4:30 in the upper lobby. Please find the sign up poster and sign up for times. All groups should meet and be ready for the camera based on the preassigned times below.


Sonoma Experience & Section Meet & Greet

5:30pm-7:00pm Saturday, Hotel Lobby Bar

Find attendees from your section and meet your local representatives to the Southern and Northern Board.
There will be a chance to get professional pictures taken.

And, join in the Sonoma Experience – the bar is stocked with a wide variety of choices from local wineries.

There will also be a photographer on hand


CYRM & Author Banquet

7:00pm-9:30pm Saturday, Grand Ballroom

(Additional cost event requires registration)

Enjoy a delicious meal with your colleagues and some of our wonderful authors/illustrators followed by speeches from nominating students and author Kristin Cashore.


Author Signing Event

9:15pm – 9:45pm Friday, outside Grand Ballroom

Get books signed by authors and illustrators attending the CYRM Banquet.


Legislative Session

10:00am-11:00am Sunday

This session will bring you up to date on the breadth and depth of our advocacy efforts. The efforts have included multifaceted areas of influence from student learning to state legislation.

Glen Warren, Vice President of Government Relations, will provide important information about our holistic approach, and Jeff Frost, our Legislative Advocate, will share about our current state of advocacy and where we are headed in the near future.

Closing Keynote Session

Closing Keynote Session

12:30pm-2:00pm Sunday, Grand Ballroom

Richard Byrne, Founder and CEO, 21st Century Learning Advisors

Leading Students in a Google World: From phones to tablets to televisions today’s students are more connected to the world than ever before. With a few keystrokes and a click, students can discover new information and challenge more old information. What does this mean for our roles as teachers? And how do we lead students to become conscientious consumers and producers of information? In this keynote, Richard Byrne will offer some answers to those questions and challenge you to find new ways of leading students in a world in which they’re always connected to the web.