2015 Special Events


Wednesday, October 14

Grand Opening of Exhibits - Wednesday, 3:00 - 6:00pm, Iowa Exhibit Hall - Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport

The Grand Opening of Exhibits is always exciting! Join ILA President, Duncan Stewart during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Find your friends and start off your evening with a visit to the vendor booths.

Silent Auction and Raffle - Iowa Library Association Foundation (ILAF) - Wednesday, 3:00 - 6:30pm and Thursday 8:30am - 6:30pm, Iowa Exhibit Hall

Come join the fun at the ILAF's Silent Auction and Raffle. Proceeds from these two events are used to support speakers at the Annual Conference, scholarships, the Leadership Institute and continuing education for library staff. Keep your eye on your favorite items to make sure you aren't overbid.

To fill out a donation form for the auction, click here.

Poster Session - Iowa Hall Foyer

Conference Opening Reception - Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:00pm, Courtyard, Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport

The Polk County Libraries are hosting this year's annual conference reception in the Courtyard at the Holiday Inn. Network with your colleagues, and relax over food and drinks. The reception will run from 6:30-9:00pm.

Thursday, October 15

Poster Session - Iowa Hall Foyer

Conference Orientation/New Members Breakfast - Thursday, 7:45 - 8:25am

First time attendees will be given an introduction to ILA, its officers and staff, and information about how to get the most out of the conference.

ILA Annual Business Meeting - Holiday Inn Courtyard - Thursday, 12:00 - 1:15pm

Members of the Iowa Library Association should attend the annual business meeting to hear what is new and to offer their valuable insight to the ILA leadership.

Exhibit Hall

On Thursday the Exhibit Hall will be open from 8:30-11:45 a.m., and then again from 1:15-5:00 p.m. 

Subdivision Business Meetings - Thursday, 4:30 - 6:00pm

This is your chance to meet with other members of your subdivision and to make plans for the coming year. ILA subdivisions provide networking and leadership opportunities and give you a chance to exchange information and best practices about your areas of interest.

Dinner and Trivia Night - Thursday, 6:30pm


ILA's Inaugural Trivia Night is coming! Trivia Night promises to be a fun-filled, food-filled and laughter-filled evening of librarians and friends working in teams of 8 to provide answers to 100 questions designed to stump, educate, and humor you. The evening will include a fajita dinner and dessert buffet, a cash bar, IPTV's Dan Wardell as our Celebrity Emcee, and prizes. This event will be open to both conference attendees and the general public. Staff members who aren't attending the conference, family, spouses, and friends that are interested in participating can be included on your team. If you don't have your own team, you will be placed on a team. All participants must be pre-registered, and registration includes dinner, for $33/person.

Click here to hear from ILA members Nancy Medema and Maria Levetzow on why they are planning to participate and why you should too.

Friday, October 16

Luncheon with All Iowa Reads Author, Robin Oliveira - Friday, 12:15 - 1:45pm

Robin Oliveira, is the author of the 2015 All Iowa Reads book, My Name is Mary Sutter. It was awarded the 2011 Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War fiction. She is looking forward to coming to Iowa to talk about writing this compelling novel at the Friday luncheon, and is also planning a number of visits to libraries across the state.