Special Events

Wednesday  |  Thursday  |  Friday

The 2019 Convention and Expo features a variety of special events that showcase the Ohio public library community and the Cincinnati area.


OLC Awards and Honors Luncheon
12:15 -1:45 p.m.
Room 263-264
(pre-registration required/additional $40 fee)
Join us as we recognize the extraordinary people and organizations that make Ohio libraries great! Meet the 2019 OLC Awards and Honors recipients and be inspired by their outstanding achievements.

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.

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

Expo photo

Sponsored by Midwest Tape and Hoopla, the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception will take place on Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Midwest Tape and Hoopla Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
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. Special thanks to Midwest Tape and Hoopla for sponsoring this event.
Midwest Tape and Hoopla logo

Buckeye Battledecks by the SEBO Group
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Room 263-264
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.

SEBO logo

Have fun with your colleagues from around the state and see who will be crowned the 2019 Buckeye Battledecks Champion!  Event includes hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. There will be a cash bar. Special thanks to the SEBO Group for sponsoring Buckeye Battledecks.


Board Game Gallery
9:00-11:00 p.m.
Room 260-261
Enjoy a laid-back evening with friends and board games.



Charis Weible photo

Charis Weible, Luncheon Speaker

Ohio Public Library Certification Luncheon
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Room 262
(pre-registration required; additional $40 fee)

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 includes a featured speaker and an opportunity to connect with your colleagues from around the state. Must be a CPL or CPLS to attend. Learn more about how to earn this designation.

Stories We Wear
Charis Weible is a Dayton-based costume designer and teacher. She is the head of wardrobe for live entertainment at King’s Island in Cincinnati. Her theatrical credits include work with The Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton Ballet, University of Dayton, and Wright State University. During the luncheon, Weible will share how research and community fuel her creative process, and how clothes can be a visual storytelling medium — both on stage and off. Plus, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a dynamic entertainment experience.


Main library photo

Join us Thursday evening for a reception at the Main Library in downtown Cincinnati.

Evening Reception at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Main Library
(Registration fee includes this event; Convention and Expo badge is required)

OLC would like to thank The Library Foundation and the Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County for sponsoring this event.

Join us for an all-conference reception at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County’s Main Library. Enjoy the local flavors of complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, music, and time to relax and connect with colleagues. Tours of the library will also be available and PLCH staff experts will be on hand to share information about some of the exciting services and programs offered by the library. The Friends shop will be open for business and offer a special discount for Conference attendees! Please bring the coupon located in your registration packet.

Transportation will be provided to and from this event. Shuttles will run on a continuous rotation (from 6:00-9:00 p.m.) between the Duke Energy Convention Center (Elm Street entrance) and the Main Library of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Vine Street entrance).

Please note: The library will close to the general public at 6:00 p.m. and will re-open for Convention attendees only. Convention and Expo badges will be required for admittance.

The Ultimate Library Live Trivia Contest
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
West Meeting Room Pre-Function Lobby
Compete against librarians across the state for prizes and bragging rights as the smartest librarian in Ohio! Organize your team of up to eight competitors or join a team on the spot for a night of live trivia. Spectators are welcomed. Participants need not stay for the entire game, but we think you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away! Great prizes will be awarded. There will be a cash bar.

Board Game Gallery
9:00-11:00 p.m.
Room 260-261
Enjoy a laid-back evening with friends and board games.

Live Music Hootenanny!
9:00 – 11: 00 p.m.
Room 262
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 booth photo

Be sure to check out the Exhibit Hall on Friday. It will be open from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

NEW— Library Fan Friday!
Get ready, “Casual Friday” is here. Show your love of libraries by wearing your favorite library or book-related clothing on Fri., Sept. 27. This includes everything from shirts and sweaters with library logos to book-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts, scarves or socks! Friday will be an exception to the Convention’s traditional business casual attire. Jeans are permitted. Don’t miss this opportunity to show off your library style! Share your pictures on social media using the hashtag #OLC19.


Exhibit Hall Exclusive Viewing Time
10:00-11:30 a.m.
This will be your last opportunity during the 2019 Convention and Expo to visit with vendors, relax with friends, and try out all of the gadgets and devices. Follow the action on social media using the hashtag #OLC19.

Exhibit Hall Hours on Friday — 8:30-11:30 a.m.