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Si 2019 Special Events


Welcome Reception

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Wenonah Suite
Sponsored by Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB
Free to attend! Snacks and beverages included- No pre-registration required!

Join the Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention and Visitor’s Bureau as they welcome you to Bay City. This early bird welcome reception is free and open to any Spring Institute Conference attendee – no pre-registration required!  Meet up with your colleagues for snacks and beverages (including adult beverages) and join Great Lakes Bay Region Bingo from 5:30 - 6:00 for a chance to win prizes. Want to explore the area on your own after the reception? Copies of a downtown scavenger hunt and local restaurant menus will be available!


SI Gives Back

Continuing the tradition of supporting local youth-based programs, attendees are invited to bring a donation for Do-All, Inc., a non-profit agency that fills backpacks with school supplies for Bay County children in need. Over 1,000 filled backpacks are given away each year. Bring donations to the registration desk between 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning and 8:50 a.m. on Friday morning. MLA will present the items to Do-All, Inc. during Friday’s welcome and announcements. Download the list of requested supplies here.

Requested supplies include:

  • Pencils (mechanical and regular)
  • Pencil Cases
  • Pink Erasers
  • Pencil top erasers
  • Colored pencils
  • Boxes of Crayons
  • Black pens
  • Blue Pens
  • Red Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Children’s Scissors
  • Wide Ruled Note Books
  • Wide Ruled Filler Paper
  • College Ruled Notebooks
  • College Ruled Filler Paper
  • 2 Pocket Folders
  • 1 pocket folders
  • 1 inch binders & 2 inch binders
  • Glue Sticks
  • Bottles of Glue
  • Rulers


Let’s Chat Breakout Sessions

Less formal than a breakout session, but more structured than an unconference, Let’s Chat sessions are a chance to discuss important library topics. The topics and moderators have been selected for you, but you get to choose your participation level. Jump in and share your thoughts, opinions and experiences – or sit back and take notes about what others are doing in the library community. Moderators will share what they are doing and why and then open the floor for interaction with the audience. Add your two cents and Let’s Chat!


Thursday Evening Networking Reception

Thursday, March 28, 2019
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Light appetizers and beverages available
Davidson Room
This is a free event, but pre-registration is required


Just Lunch - Trivia Challenge

Friday, March 29, 2019
12:20 - 1:50 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
This is a free event, but pre-registration is required

Enjoy some stress-free networking during Spring Institute’s Just Lunch trivia challenge. This table vs. table trivia competition will offer opportunities to collaborate, connect and engage with your fellow librarians. Winners take home bragging rights, but everyone leaves a networking champion!