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 Cincinnat area.


OLC Awards and Honors Luncheon
12:15 -1:45 p.m.
(pre-registration required/additional 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.

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The Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception 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.
Exhibit Hall
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.
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.

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
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 2019 Battledecks Champion! Event includes hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. There will be a cash bar.
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Board Game Gallery
9:00-11:00 p.m.
Enjoy a laid-back evening with friends, board games, some snacks and a whole lot of laughs.



Ohio Public Library Certification Luncheon
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
(pre-registration required; additional 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). Learn more about how to earn this designation.


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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
(Registration fee includes this event; Convention and Expo badge is required)

Join us for an all-conference reception at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Main Library. Relax and enjoy the local flavors of Cincinnati and connect with colleagues. Library tours will be available and staff will be on-hand to discuss programs and services. The Friends shop will be open for business and will offer discounts for Convention attendees (Friends shop coupon in registration packet).
There will be a cash bar during this event.

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

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.


9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
The Ultimate Library Live Trivia Contest
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.

9:00 – 11: 00 p.m.
Live Music Hootenanny!
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. There will be a cash bar.

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 Exclusive Viewing Time
8:30-11:30 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.