Imagine the Possibilities

Other Activities

In addition to programs and special events, PLA 2018 offers a number of exciting activities to ensure your conference experience is unique. Details about the following activities and more will be available soon.

AAP Book Buzz Stage

Sponsored by the Association of American Publishers
Visit the Book Buzz Stage to hear the latest publisher “buzz” for 2018!

Career Center

Career Fair & Crash Courses
Resume Review & Interview Coaching
Speed Mentoring

Once again, we’re working on building a helpful and resourceful spot for job seekers, recruiting libraries, and advisors to connect at PLA Conference. The Career Center will have coordinated events at select times, but will remain open during conference hours to enable job posting or impromptu interviews.

Dine Around Philadelphia

A PLA Conference tradition! Visiting Philadelphia for PLA and don’t know what’s “good” to eat? Love discovering local restaurants, but don’t have anyone to eat with? On Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22, a group of Free Library of Philadelphia staff have volunteered to “host” dinners at local Philadelphia restaurants for visiting PLA Conference attendees. Space is limited, so register now!

Every Child Ready to Read Mini-Sessions

Interested in supporting parents and caregivers with the early literacy development of their children birth to age five? Then join us for an exciting line-up of 20-minute Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) mini-sessions.

Games & (Maybe) Prizes

Play games in the mobile app and be eligible for prizes:

PLA Explorer Game

Beginning Wednesday morning, play the PLA Explorer Game—our new photo scavenger hunt in the mobile app—to be eligible for daily prizes. Upload photos in the mobile app to complete challenges and earn points as you attend conference events, participate in educational sessions, and meet new people on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Each day is a new game with new challenges and a new sponsor. The top points earner each day wins prizes!

Exhibits Hunt Game

Browse the exhibits and be eligible to win great prizes playing the Exhibits Hunt Game, another photo scavenger hunt in the mobile app. Beginning at the Exhibits Opening Reception on Wednesday, take and upload photos in the mobile app to complete challenges and earn badges from our participating exhibitors—and be eligible for the prize drawing at the Exhibits Closing Reception on Friday.

How-To Festival

Join the fun of our expanded How-To Festival! Twenty-minute demonstrations will be provided by and for conference attendees as a taste of the wildly successful How-To Festival that attracts 4,000 individuals to the Louisville (KY) Free Public Library every May.

Lovey Town

The Bubbler and Anythink join forces to bring you Lovey Town—an interactive experience featuring artist Michael Velliquette. You’ll find Lovey Town in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in the bridge over Arch Street.

PLA Pavilion

Located in the Exhibits Hall, the PLA Pavilion—which includes the PLA Stage and the PLA booth—will also feature a lounge area where attendees can relax and charge their devices, interact with one another in an informal setting, and chat with PLA staff if they have questions during the conference.

PLA Stage

The PLA 2018 How-To Festival of 20-minute hands-on sessions, and Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) mini-sessions, will share the PLA Stage.

PLA Booth

Visit the PLA booth to learn about PLA membership, initiatives, and opportunities to get involved. A series of casual discussions related to current PLA/ALA initiatives will be held at the booth.

Spark Talks

Join us 5:15 PM–6:15 PM on both Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 for two evenings of up-to-the minute, fast moving talks on the latest and greatest ideas from your public library colleagues. Come be surprised, inspired, and energized!

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Cancellation Policy

The PLA 2018 Conference is offered on a cost-recovery basis. PLA reserves the right to cancel all or any part of this event if there is insufficient registration or for other reasons. Neither ALA nor PLA is responsible for cancellation charges assessed by the airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred due to the cancellation of the workshops. All information listed on this website is subject to change.

Attendee Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations, requests for refunds, and/or changes will be accepted until February 23, 2018, and are subject to a $30 handling fee. Refunds will be processed after April 23, 2018. According to PLA policy, all meal events require preregistration. The above cancellation/change information also applies to all preconferences, meal events, and tours. No meal tickets will be sold onsite.

Exhibitor Cancellation Policy

All booth space cancellation requests must be received in writing by Show Management (Corcoran Expositions). If space is reduced, the net reduction of space will be treated as a cancellation of that space. If Show Management receives a written request for cancellation of space on or before October 31, 2017, the exhibitor will be eligible for a refund less the nonrefundable deposit of $950 per 100 square feet of exhibit space. For cancellations received after October 31, 2017, exhibitors are liable for 100% of the cost of space.


Print and electronic advertising opportunities are available to reach PLA members and attendees both before and during the conference.


Interested in exhibiting at PLA 2018? Contact Carly DiVito, Corcoran Expositions, at 312-541-0567 or


Contact Macey Morales, Deputy Director, ALA Public Awareness Office, 312-280-4393 or Please review our conference media policy.


ALA and PLA membership is managed by the ALA Membership & Customer Service (MACS) unit. You can join or renew/rejoin/add to your membership using ALA’s secure online form; or you can print and fill out a membership form and fax or mail it in; or call 800-545-2433 and press 5. Direct your membership questions to MACS at or 800-545-2433 and press 5. MACS representatives are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central.

Registration & Housing

Problems or questions regarding registration or housing? Contact Experient at or 800-424-5249 (U.S. and Canada)/847-996-5829 (all other countries). Experient representatives are available Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Eastern.


To discuss PLA 2018 sponsorship opportunities, contact Corcoran Expositions, Mary Michalik at 312-265-9650,; or Matt McLaughlin at 312-265-9655,

Thank You PLA 2018 Conference Sponsors!

Other Questions

Many commonly asked questions are answered in our FAQ. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for, please contact PLA at 800-545-2433 x5PLA (x5752) or Or the PLA Staff directory may help you find just the right person to ask.

PLA 2016 Archive

Looking for handouts and other information from the PLA 2016 Conference, which took place April 5–9, 2016 in Denver, CO? The PLA 2016 Conference website has been archived at

View the list of past PLA Conferences from 1983 to present.