Special Events

CLA Awards Dinner Gala 
Friday, November 3, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Grand Parisian Room, Mission Inn
Dress is semi-formal
$65 per person

Join us in a celebration of the best in California Libraries. Meet our inspiring winners who by their actions, leadership and creativity have set themselves worlds apart in their respective fields. We will enjoy a delicious sit-down dinner and no – host bar.

Featured Speaker: Paula Poundstone

PAULA POUNDSTONE has been a stand-up comic for nearly twenty-five years. Her long list of successes includes HBO specials, an Emmy Award, two Cable ACE Awards, and an America Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. Reviews from her recently published book The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness- “A remarkable journey. I laughed. I cried. I got another cat.”  —Lily Tomlin
“Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known.” —Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! and author of The Book of Vice.


CPLA Awards Dinner
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Riverside Convention Center
7 pm – 9 pm
$50 per person
You are invited to attend the 2017 California Public Library Advocates (CPLA) Awards Dinner, where outstanding library advocates throughout our state will be honored and celebrated. Join librarians, media experts, legislators, trustees, commissioners as well as Friends and Foundation donors at an event that recognizes those who go the extra mile in demonstrating their dedication to and support of California libraries! Come hear their inspiring stories.

We are also delighted to welcome EveryLibrary’s Patrick Sweeney as our keynote speaker who will inspire us with stories from around the country.

Buy your ticket today and be a part of the 2017 CPLA Awards Dinner.  It’s the perfect way to kick-off a great conference!
CPLA: Strengthening California Libraries through Advocacy and Education


Children’s Literary Breakfast
Friday, November 3, 2017
Grand Parisian Room, Mission Inn
7:30 am – 9:30 am
$45 per person

Join us for a celebration of children’s literature and a gourmet breakfast! We’ll hear from award winning author and illustrator, Gianna Marino and celebrate the winners of the California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) and the John and Patricia Beatty Award. Attendees will receive free books! Our venue will be the beautiful Grand Parisian Ballroom in the historical Mission Inn. This is a ticketed event and costs $45 per person.

Gianna Marino was born in San Francisco and spent her early years galloping horses through Golden Gate Park. Her explorations expanded after graduating from high school and in order to afford her many journeys through Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and South America, Gianna had several jobs at once: apprenticing a muralist, a jewelry designer, a product designer and driving horse carriages through the park.

Gianna finally landed a full-time freelance gig designing toys for children, but after several years in a corporate box with no windows, she left for good and began writing and illustrating.

Gianna has written and illustrated numerous books for children’s, including Meet Me at the Moon, Too Tall Houses, Night Animals and Splotch.

Though she still wanders the world, Gianna now lives in Northern California and works full-time writing and illustrating.


CLA Presidents Closing Reception

Saturday, November 4, 2017
6:00 pm
Grier Pavilion, Riverside City Hall
$25 per person
The fun continues as we celebrate the ending of another great annual conference!  Join CLA President Helen McAlary for her closing reception featuring a delicious buffet dinner and no-host bar.  This is a great time to meet up with old and new colleagues.  The venue is the beautiful Grier Pavilion overlooking the city of Riverside in the majestic Riverside City Hall, a short walk from the convention center. There will be live music too! Join us for one last hurrah and the first drink is on us!