Special Events


photo of award winner and colleagues

The 2021 OLC Awards and Honors Luncheon will be held on Wed., Oct. 13 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. Pictured here: 2019 Librarian of the Year Jeff Winkle with staff from the Findlay-Hancock Public Library.



Wednesday, Oct. 13
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Delaware Room
OLC Awards and Honors Luncheon*
Join us as we recognize the extraordinary people and organizations that make Ohio libraries the best in the country. Meet these innovative leaders and learn more about their outstanding achievements.

*Pre-registration required. Additional fee: $40/person


Wednesday, Oct. 13
5:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Just outside the Delaware Room
New Members Meet & Greet
The OLC Membership Committee invites all new OLC members and first-time attendees to a special reception at the Hyatt on Level 2, outside the Delaware Room. Come join us!

Explore the Exhibit Hall during the Grand Opening Reception on Wednesday evening.


Wednesday, Oct. 13
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Regency Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception
Explore the region’s largest marketplace of products and services for libraries. Reconnect with your colleagues and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and entertainment.


Wednesday, Oct. 13
8-10 p.m.
Meet at the Hyatt Regency Lobby entrance
Columbus Ghost Tour*
Take a spirited stroll through the city’s center and learn what unearthly things are said to lurk within downtown Columbus’ most iconic buildings. This is a private, 90-minute outdoor, walking tour (approx. 1.5 miles).

*Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Additional fee: $35/person (non-refundable).

photo of person and downtown skyline at night

Creepy Columbus! There will be an optional Columbus Ghost Tour on Wednesday night.






photo of game players

Buckeye Battledecks will be held on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, Oct. 13
8-11 p.m.
Taft A Room (1st Floor)
Board Game Gallery
Enjoy a laid-back evening with friends. An assortment of board games will be available.


Wednesday, Oct. 13
9-11 p.m.
Delaware Room
Buckeye Battledecks!
Come enjoy the thrill of victory and the hilarity of defeat! Back by popular demand, Buckeye Battledecks is a test of nerves and the ultimate challenge for a public speaker (or someone who just likes to talk). Have fun with your colleagues from around the state and see who will be crowned the Battledecks Champion.



Thursday, Oct. 14
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Delaware Room
Ohio Public Library Certification Luncheon*
Sponsored by the OLC’s Professional Development Committee, this is an exclusive lunch for Certified Public Librarians (CPL) and Certified Public Library Staff (CPLS). This event honors certification holders and their commitment to the public library community. During the luncheon, State Librarian Wendy Knapp will speak on librarianship and the essential set of core values that define, inform, and guide our professional practice.


photo of Main Library with sunset

Enjoy local bites and brews while taking a self-guided tour of the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Thursday night.

Thursday, Oct. 14
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Meet by Union Room to pick up shuttle
Evening Reception at the Columbus Metropolitan Library
(Registration fee includes this event; Convention and Expo badge is required)

Join us for a reception at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in downtown Columbus. View the architectural history of the original 114-year old Carnegie library and be inspired by its modern, transformational and award-winning renovation. This is the perfect time to reconnect with colleagues and enjoy the local flavors of Columbus. The Library Store, run by the Friends of the Library, will be open during the reception. Transportation from the Hyatt Regency will be provided.


Thursday, Oct. 14
9 – 11 p.m.
Delaware Room
Rock the Mic
Join us for a fun Karaoke Party on the final night of the Convention and Expo. Snacks will be provided along with a cash bar.



It’s Library Fashion Friday!

photo of two attendees with mouse character

Join us in the Exhibit Hall Friday morning at 10 a.m. for a library fashion contest. Judges will award prizes in three categories: Most Spirited, Best Bookish Character, Best Group

Friday, October 15
10-10:30 a.m.
Exhibit Hall, Regency Ballroom
Library Fashion Friday Contest
Show us your best library fashion on Friday in the Exhibit Hall and you (and your team) could win a prize! Judges will award prizes in three categories:

  • Most Spirited
  • Best Bookish Character
  • Best Group

Submit nominations to the Expo Committee booth by 10:15 a.m.

Friday, October 15
10:30-11 a.m.
Exhibit Hall, Regency Ballroom
Prize Drawings
The winners of the library fashion contest will be announced, plus names will be drawn to win door prizes. Please be sure to turn in your “Passport to Prizes” playing card (inside on-site book) by 10 a.m. on Friday to be eligible for the prize giveaways.