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VAASL 2021 Annual Conference

November 03, 2021 - November 05, 2021

Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection
310 S. England Street
Williamsburg ,  VA  23185

Conference Overview

Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) 2021 Annual Conference

"Library - Love, Literacy, Learning"

We have awesome authors and speakers slated for the 2021 VAASL Annual Conference. You are certain to go away with new ways to teach and interact with your students, as you promote the love of literacy, and of course, enhance learning for all.

This year's authors and speakers graciously agreed to adjust their schedules and pivoted from the Annual Conference 2020 to this year's in-person 2021 VAASL Annual Conference in Williamsburg.  

Our keynote speaker for Thursday is Jaime Donally.  She will share with participants how to utilize augmented and virtual reality to impact learning.  Friday's keynote speaker will be Rodney Robinson, the 2019 National Teacher of the Year.  Rodney will share how the love experienced in a school library can have an impact on our students.

This year, we will have daily awards luncheons, which are included in your registration fee. Thursday's Awards Luncheon will feature author/illustrators Laura Murray and Mike Lowery.  They collaborated on The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School series.  They will share how their work can have an impact on literacy and the love of reading. The Friday Awards Luncheon will have Dhonielle Clayton, author and former librarian, as the guest speaker. She will share her works that touch on different aspects of life. Her novels include The Belles, Tiny Pretty Things, and short stories in various collections. She is on the board and the Chief Operating Officer of We Need Diverse Books, Org.

Note: The VAASL Board and Conference Planning Committee have worked hard to add even more value to your annual conference registration fee.  This year, all registrants will receive a ticket to each day's Award Luncheon, which feature guest authors and recognitions of VAASL awards given to your peers.

Don't miss out on this great professional development and networking conference with fellow school librarians and educators.  Register early to take advantage of the savings reflected in the Early Bird registration rates.

Conference Fees and Payment Procedures


Registrants may pay with a credit or debit card online or receive an invoice to pay by check or purchase order by mail.

Please make your check or purchase order payable to VAASL and mail to:  VAASL Conference, c/o Conference Solutions, P.O. Box 7276, Fairfax Station, VA 22039-7276.  Purchase orders may also be faxed to Conference Solutions at 1-703-493-9377 or scanned and emailed to  Please include a copy of the invoice with the purchase order.


If you need to cancel your registration, send a written request postmarked on or before October 8, 2021, to VAASL 2021 Conference c/o Conference Solutions, LLC, P.O. Box 7276 Fairfax Station, VA 22039-7276, fax 1-703-493-9377 or email  An administrative fee of $50.00 will be charged.  No refunds will be given for cancellations after October 8, 2021.  Refunds will be processed after the conference. Substitutions are permitted.


VAASL is divided into seven geographic regions. Each region has two elected members who represent librarians on the VAASL Board of Directors.  Your work location determines your region. On the registration form you will be asked to indicate your Region.  Not sure?  VAASL has a handy REGION FINDER.  


*  Conference registration includes continental breakfast Thursday morning, Thursday lunch, and Friday lunch.

*  Nonmember fees include a free VAASL membership for 2021-2022.

*  All rates will increase by $50.00 after the Early Bird deadline of October 8, 2021.

Member Early Bird - Full Conference $240.00
Member Early Bird - Thursday Only $185.00
Member Early Bird - Friday Only $185.00
Nonmember Early Bird - Full Conference $300.00
Nonmember Early Bird - Thursday Only $245.00
Nonmember Early Bird - Friday Only $245.00
Retiree Early Bird - Full Conference $200.00
Retiree Early Bird- Thursday Only $145.00
Retiree Early Bird- Friday Only $145.00

Free Ticketed Events

All of the following meal functions are included in the price of your conference registration.  You will get a free ticket in your conference envelope, if you check that you plan to attend.  You need to check the events that you plan to attend on the registration form so we can include tickets in your conference envelope and give the hotel an accurate count for the events.

FYI:  Jenni Cooper, VAASL's President, is starting Thursday off with a bang and will be offering Mimosas to everyone who attends the President's Breakfast Reception!

Following is the list of Free Ticketed Events:
Date Start Time End Time Function Name Cost
November 04, 2021 08:00 AM 09:00 AM President's Breakfast Reception & Exhibit Hall Grand Opening $0.00
November 04, 2021 11:45 AM 01:15 PM Thursday Author-Illustrator Lunch w/Laura Murray and Mike Lowery $0.00
November 05, 2021 12:00 PM 01:45 PM Friday Author Lunch w/Dhonielle Clayton; Librarian of the Year Presentation $0.00

Click here to view/print a description of the above functions.

Hotel Accommodations

To accommodate every budget, VAASL has blocked hotel rooms at two Colonial Williamsburg hotels at a discounted conference rate.

Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection - The Conference Hotel

Located in the historic area.

301 S. England Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Superior Room (1 Queen Bed):  $169 per night (plus 12% tax and $2.00 per room night occupancy tax)

Deluxe Room (1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds):  $189 per night (plus (12% tax and $2.00 per room night occupancy tax)

Complimentary guest room Internet, and self-parking are included in the room rate.

Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel

Located next to the historic area Visitor Center, a shuttle will be provided to and from the Williamsburg Lodge at key times. 

105 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Superior Room (2 Doubles):  $124 per night (plus 12% tax and a $2.00 per room night occupancy tax)

King Suite w/separate seating area: $144 per night (plus 12% tax and a $2.00 per room night occupancy tax)

Complimentary guest room Internet, self-parking, and continental breakfast are included in the room rate.

To make reservations online for the Williamsburg Lodge or the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel please use the link below and follow the instructions as prompted.


You can also call  Williamsburg Hotel Reservations directly at 800-261-9530 and ask for the Virginia Association of School Librarians rate. 

The cut-off date for reservations in the block for both hotels is Wednesday, October 13, 2021, or UNTIL ROOM BLOCK IS FILLED.

**Individuals must guarantee reservations with a valid credit card that will be charged an advance deposit at the time of booking for the first night's room and tax. Cancellations made inside seven (7) days will result in the forfeiture of the advance deposit. Guests are responsible for their full stay upon arrival. There will be no refunds for early departures.