Hello, youth services librarians!
The Kids First registration form is now available on the Iowa Library Services/State Library of Iowa website.
To register for Kids First, please download and print the registration form.
Complete the last page of the form and mail to us with your payment. The fees this year are $45.00 for one day, $90.00 for two days. This includes all events and lunch for the day or days for which you register.
The cost of the hotel is separate. Rooms are available for $55.00/night at the Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center in Urbandale. The telephone number to call for reservations is on the first page of the registration form.
And parking is free at the hotel.
The Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center is conveniently located at 5000 Merle Hay Road in Urbandale, Iowa. This is immediately south of I-80/35.
Attendees will not have to drive into downtown Des Moines (unless you want to for dining or shopping in the East Village or Court Street areas). There are many reasonably priced restaurants near the hotel, and the Merle Hay Shopping Center is a short drive south.
Please note: Registration for Kids First is done by mailing in the registration form with your payment, not through the Iowa Library Services Continuing Education Catalog.
I hope to see many of you at the conference. We have lined up some wonderful speakers this year, and information about special events at the conference will be sent out soon. Those will include a craft area, a silent auction (sponsored by the Youth Services Subsection of the Iowa Library Association), and a storytelling festival on Monday night.
Merri M. Monks