2018 Conference

** Registration CLOSED**


Date: October 27, 2018

Location: College Church Commons in Wheaton, Illinois.

  • Address: 332 E. Seminary Avenue, Wheaton, Illinois.
  • Phone: 630-951-6272 (event days only).

Travel Assistance:


Registration Fees:

  • $50 Individual or Church conference fee which includes annual membership

Registration Process:

Download and Print the 2018 conference brochure and registration application. Please fill this out and mail, with a check or money order (payable to ECLA), to ECLA Conference, P.O. Box 353, Glen Elyn, IL 60138-0353.

You may also pay your registration fees online by credit card or PayPal, using our secure PayPal shopping cart. If paying online, you may download and print the conference brochure, fill it out, scan, and email to membership@eclalibraries.org instead of mailing in the form. Please submit one registration form per person.

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Keynote Speaker

An avid knitter, coffee junkie and true believer that “pie makes everything better,” Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four novels at a time.The enthusiastic but slightly untidy bestselling author of over 40 books, Allie spends her days writing, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced a seventeen-year career with over 1.4 million books sold. In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on faith, the creative process, women’s issues, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management for writers.

Keynote Address: “Shelf Esteem–Why Libraries Still Matter!”

In an age of smartphones, ebooks, and video everything, let bestselling author Allie Pleiter remind you why libraries still have a vital place on our world.

Conference Schedule

(7:45) Registration Opens

Continental Breakfast 

(8:15 – 8:30) Welcome

(8:30 – 9:30) Workshop  

Copyright! – Carol Carlton

Booktalks: Sharing a Piece of the Pie – Ceil Carey

Fun & Creative Ways to Promote Your Church Library – Linda Weddle

(9:30 – 9:45) Break

(9:45 – 10:45) Keynote: Allie Pleiter

“Shelf Esteem: Why Libraries Still Matter”  

In an age of smartphones, ebooks, and video everything, let bestselling author Allie Pleiter remind you why libraries still have a vital place on our world.

(10:45 – 11:45) Authors “Tag Talk”

(11:45 – 1:00) Author Luncheon

Featuring:  Allie Pleiter, Natalie Totire Brinley, Ruth Goring, Julie Ieron, Nicole Mazzarella, Michelle Phoenix, Allison Pittman, Caryn Rivedenira, Keith Robinson, Kelli Worrall

(1:00 – 2:00) Workshop #2

Christian Fiction – Chris Jager

Chris, the fiction buyer for Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will explore the 2016/2017 fiction releases from every major Christian publisher. With a brief synopsis of each title, and author comparisons, you’ll find books your readers will actually check out.

A Revolutionary Library: Valuing & Honoring the Languages & Cultures of Readers in School  – Natalie Mullen  

(2:00 – 2:15) Break

(2:15 – 3:15) Workshop #3:

Fiction 2 – Chris Jagger

What Keywords Can’t Do: The Timeless Pwoer of “You’ve Got to Read This!” – Allie Pleiter

Information Overlond: What to Do, Where to Go, and How to Mover into the Future – Tinna & Christy

(3:30) Break

(4:00) Book Giveaway!

(4:30) Book Swap & Bookstore

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