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Partner Opportunities at Spring Institute for Youth Services 2024

Why Partner with MLA at Spring Institute for Youth Services 2024?

Every March the Michigan Library Association hosts the Spring Institute for Youth Services, Michigan’s premier annual education event for youth library professionals. Children and teen services library professionals from across the state gather together to share, discover and experience best practices at formal sessions. vendor exhibits, and networking activities in a fun and collaborative learning environment. Spring Institute for Youth Services is an annual two-day conference that brings together approximately 250 library professionals, as well vendors, performers, and authors for two days of education, exhibits, networking, special events, and interactive activities.

The 2024 theme is It’s a Beautiful Day in the Library and aims to celebrate and rejuvenate library workers and celebrate them as neighborhood and community helpers.

We welcome back our long-time supporters and look forward to engaging with new organizations and partners. There are various ways to be involved, but these packages are not set in stone. If you have ideas, let’s talk possibilities!


View the Spring Institute for Youth Services 2024 Prospectus


Conference Venue and Hotel

VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center
460 W Western Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49440

Group room rates at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Muskegon Convention Center start at $149.

Please use this reservation link or call the hotel directly at (231) 722-0100 and refer to the Michigan Library Association Spring Institute to qualify for the discount rate. Reserve your room by February 6, 2024. Room block may sell-out sooner.

Learn more about Muskegon at visitmuskegon.org.


Register to Sponsor or Exhibit at Spring Institute for Youth Services 2024



Exhibiting at the Spring Institute for Youth Services gets you face to face with decision makers and youth and teen library workers from across the state of Michigan.

  • Convenient layout with exhibit space located in pre-function space near meeting rooms
  • Ample non-conflict time for conference attendees to visit your exhibit
  • One-day format helps to minimize your travel and lodging expenses
  • Networking opportunities with staff from a wide variety of Michigan libraries
  • Contact information for attendees provided before and after the event

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, March 7, 2024 - Exhibit Hall
7:00 – 8:00 AM  Setup
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM  Exhibit Hall Open 
8:00 – 9:00 AM
10:15 – 11:00 AM
1:15 – 1:45 PM
 2:30 – 3:00 PM
Non-conflict Times
3:00 – 4:00 PM  Teardown
Friday, March 8, 2024 - Non-Profit Partner Fair
9:00 – 10:00 AM  Setup
10:00 AM – 2:15 PM  Exhibit Hall Open 
10:00 – 10:45 AM
1:45 – 2:15 PM 
Non-conflict Times
2:15 – 3:00 PM  Teardown

Exhibit Booth Fees

Early Bird Rate, Reserved by January 19, 2024:  $300.00

Standard Rate, Reserved by February 9, 2024:  $400.00

Exhibit Booth Includes:

  • 8’ skirted table with two chairs
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Continental breakfast and lunch for one (1) booth personnel
  • Pre-event attendee list 1 week before conference begins
  • Post-event attendee list within 1 week of conference conclusion

Optional Add-ons

  • 120v/20amp electrical connection: $50.00/booth
  • Additional personnel meals: $40.00/person


Register to Exhibit at Spring Institute for Youth Services 2024


Non-Profit Partner Fair


On Friday, March 8, 2024, we will be hosting an exhibition of non-profit organizations and community partners who work with and serve Michigan libraries and youths.

  • Are you a community partner or 501(c)3 non-profit organization that would benefit from networking with representatives of Michigan libraries?
  • Do you provide services that libraries need?
  • Do you work to help children, teens, or families in your community?

If this sounds like your organization, consider joining us on Friday, March 8, 2024. Registration is complimentary but space is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis. Partners must be registered by February 9, 2024.


REGISTER TO EXHIBIT AT Spring Institute for Youth Services 2024


We will work with you to customize any sponsorship opportunity that best aligns with your goals and objectives and gives the maximum return on your investment for your organization and the conference attendees.

By sponsoring the Spring Institute for Youth Services, you can show your dedication and support to Michigan’s youth and teen library staff and leaders. This highly attended event attracts library workers from across the state and is a great opportunity to showcase your brand, products, and services.

All sponsorship opportunities include logo recognition in program book, event app, signage, and on the MLA website and social media.

Sponsorship Opportunities

All-Conference Sponsor — $5,000

  • Logo recognition on all-conference signage
  • Podium recognition during conference opening and closing remarks
  • Exhibit space on both Thursday and Friday
  • Color advertisement on back cover of program book
  • Option to provide chair drop (250 supplied items required)

Breakfast Sponsor — $2,000

  • Logo recognition on breakfast buffet signage
  • Full-page advertisement in program book

Library Reception Sponsor — $1,750

  • Logo recognition on reception signage
  • Podium recognition during Friday’s opening remarks
  • Full-page advertisement in program book

Keynote Sponsor — $1,500

  • Logo recognition on keynote signage
  • Podium recognition during keynote introduction
  • Half-page advertisement in program book

Lanyards Sponsor — $1,000

  • Your logo* printed on lanyards given to conference attendees
  • Full-page advertisement in program book

*Logo must be single color. Lanyard width is 3/8”

Break Station Sponsor — $1,000

  • Logo recognition on break station signage
  • Full-page advertisement in program book

Mobile App Sponsor — $750

  • Logo featured on app splash page and QR code signage on-site
  • Half-page advertisement in program book

Trivia Game Sponsor — $500

  • Logo recognition on trivia lunch signage
  • Podium recognition by trivia host

Chair Drop – $300

  • Your provided promotional item placed on all seats during your choice of general session

Supporter Sponsor – $150

  • Credit in program book, event app, and on MLA website and social media


Register to Sponsor Spring Institute for Youth Services 2024


Policies and Guidelines


No cancellation refunds will be issued after February 10, 2024. Cancellations received by February 9, 2024 are subject to a $100.00 cancellation fee.


Exhibit Booth Early Bird Rate expires November 30, 2023.

Advertisements must be purchased by January 1, 2024.

Please submit artwork to MLA no later than February 1, 2024.

Booth Assignment

Booth assigned on a first come, first serve basis apart from the All-Conference Sponsor who reserves first choice.

Code of Conduct

Download the complete Code of Conduct (pdf)

MLA’s vision is to be a highly effective, trusted network of libraries, library employees, trustees, friends and supporters working together to support and promote the highest quality library services throughout Michigan. To fulfill our vision, MLA has built, and is dedicated to maintaining, an inclusive and equitable community where all people can come together to advance our shared vision.

MLA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants and MLA staff. Each participant, including attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, and service providers, is expected to understand and follow MLA policies and report any violations. These expectations apply to all MLA activities (whether virtual or in-person), including but not limited to those held in conjunction with conferences, events, and meetings.Any conduct that is prohibited in-person is also prohibited online, including but not limited to on MLA social media pages and other online platforms. 


Registration and attendance at, or participation in, MLA meetings or other activities constitutes an agreement by the registration to the use and distribution of the registrants or attendees' image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions of such events and activities by MLA. Please contact MLA at [email protected] if you'd like to be removed from any list.

Health and Safety Guidelines

MLA will make every effort to ensure that provided meals are free of any declared allergens. Please ensure you have alerted MLA staff to any allergies you may have. If you have emergency medications, such as an EpiPen, please carry it with you during the conference.

Although we always aim to work with you to provide a safe and comfortable conference, we cannot guarantee a completely allergen-free event or prevent others from bringing potential allergens to the event. Conference attendees and exhibitors are asked to refrain from bringing, distributing, and consuming products containing peanuts and other nuts at the conference.

We ask you to be courteous and conscientious of others while meeting in-person at the event, especially when it comes to health and safety.

Questions? Contact us!

For additional information or questions please contact Amber Sheerin, MLA Program and Event Director at (517) 394-2774 ext. 223 or [email protected].


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