Special Events

Wednesday  |  Thursday  |  Friday

The 2018 Convention and Expo features a variety of special events that showcase the Ohio public library community and the Sandusky area.


OLC Awards and Honors Luncheon
12:15 -1:45 p.m.
Indigo Room, Kalahari
(pre-registration required/additional fee: $40)
Join us as we recognize the extraordinary people and organizations that make Ohio libraries great! Meet the 2018 OLC Awards and Honors recipients and be inspired by their outstanding achievements. All of the 2018 Awards and Honors recipients are listed on the OLC website.

NOTE: You may attend the luncheon without being registered for the Convention & Expo. Please pre-register and pay separate luncheon fee. No badge will be provided.

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Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Party will take place on Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

New Member/First-Time Convention Attendee Meet and Greet
5:15- 5:30 p.m.
Kilimanjaro Ballroom/Exhibit Hall, Kalahari
The OLC Membership Committee invites all new OLC members and first-time attendees to a special gathering outside the Exhibit Hall.

Exhibit Hall Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening Reception
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Kilimanjaro Ballroom/Exhibit Hall, Kalahari
Enjoy exclusive exhibit viewing time as the Exhibit Hall officially opens at 5:30 p.m. Explore the region’s largest marketplace of products and services for libraries. Enjoy food, refreshments and entertainment.

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Indigo Room, Kalahari
Sponsored by Midwest Tape
Come enjoy the thrill of victory and the hilarity of defeat! Back by popular demand, Battledecks is a test of nerves and the ultimate challenge for a public speaker (or someone who just likes to talk). Contestants attempt to deliver a presentation on the fly using a set of random, never-before-seen (and often hilarious) PowerPoint slides. Judging is based on the ability to create a “coherent” presentation that incorporates slide content smoothly, gets laughs, generates audience participation, and successfully covers all of the slides on time. Have fun with your colleagues from around the state and see who will be crowned the 2018 Battledecks Champion! Event includes hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. There will be a cash bar.
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Do you have what it takes to be a Battledecks Champion? Test your skills Wednesday night @ 9!


The Library Showcase Networking Luncheon will be held on Thursday from 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Library Showcase Networking Luncheon
11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
Indigo Room, Kalahari
(pre-registration required to order a boxed lunch: $20)
Check out the Library Showcase, a new opportunity to meet colleagues, learn more about public libraries around Ohio, and enjoy a pre-ordered boxed lunch. Library representatives will be on hand to talk about their work environments and what makes their library unique. Get to know your colleagues, gather ideas, and learn more about Ohio’s diverse public library community.

All Convention and Expo attendees are invited to attend this event; however, you must pre-register to order a boxed lunch. Please select your choice of boxed lunch when registering. You can bring your own lunch to this event.

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Kent State University Friends and Alumni Reception
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Crown Palm Room, Kalahari
(pre-registration required/additional fee: $18)
Join KSU faculty, former classmates and current students for drinks and snacks during this special reception that celebrates your Golden Flash pride.

Sandusky State Theater photo

The historic State Theatre in downtown Sandusky will be the site of a special OLC event on Thursday evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Downtown Sandusky Event at the State Theater
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Ohio
Enjoy unique eats from area food trucks during this evening event at the State Theater in downtown Sandusky. You’ll have an opportunity to take a look inside this historic landmark as well as tour bookmobiles from around the state in the theater’s parking lot. The jazz and world-music ensemble Cellocentric will perform during the event. There will be a cash bar. Most food trucks will be cash only (some may accept credit cards).

Food Trucks at the event:

  • The Gaucho and the Gringa
    Argentinian and American classics including burgers (beef and vegetarian), hand-cut fries, empanadas, and the cult hit “choripapas.”
  • Bavarian Wagon
    Bavarian cuisine including bratwurst, sauerkraut, schnitzel, sandwiches, potato pancakes, apple strudel.
  • Heavy G’s
    Fresh, made-to-order wraps including gyro, chicken fajita, steakburger philly, veggie, and bacon mac and cheese.
  • Mark’s Homemade Ice Cream
    Various flavors of small batch, premium ice cream in cones or dishes.

Free shuttle service will be available from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Pick up the shuttle outside the Kalahari Convention Center.

Transportation sponsored by:

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Sip and Spell
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Marrakesh Market, Kalahari
Join us for a night of spelling, laughter and fun. Gather your team (3-5 people) to test your spelling skills. Prizes will be awarded for best team name, best costumes, and of course, best spellers! There will be a cash bar, but alcohol is not a part of the game.

Sip and Spell Team Registration Form and Contest Rules (PDF)

Live Music Hootenanny!
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Crown Palm Room, Kalahari
An annual tradition, the OLC’s Hootenanny features live music and a chance for you to jump into the jam session. Bring your instrument. Everyone is invited to play in front of the audience.

Guitar jam session photo

It’s a Hootenanny! Bring your instrument and join in this jam session on Thursday night from 9-11 p.m.


exhibit hall photo

Enjoy coffee and light refreshments Friday morning in the Exhibit Hall.

Exhibit Hall Exclusive Viewing Time
8:30-11:30 a.m.
This will be your last opportunity during the 2018 Convention and Expo to visit with vendors, relax with friends, and try out all of the gadgets and devices.

Vendor Snapshots
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Don’t have enough time to visit all of the vendors on your list? Check out the Vendor Snapshots on the big screen in the Expo Hall. Enjoy coffee, light refreshments and lively postings during this exclusive vendor screen time. You can also follow the action on social media using the hashtag #OLC18.