Attention: Crafters

Sandi Bates, one of Bismarck’s crafty librarians, alerted me to a fabric sale currently at a store within walking distance of the Bismarck conference hotel. J&R Vacuum & Sewing  has 45-inch cotton quilt fabric on sale for $6.99 per yard with a one-yard minimum. Sandi also said they have a great selection of batiks. The store’s hours are posted on their website.

For other crafty shopping possibilities, see pages 12 and 13 of our Things to Do guide. Please note — conference organizers cannot be held responsible for any and all retail therapy you choose to engage in during your stay in Bismarck. Please buy responsibly!


Bon Appétit

The Bismarck Dining & Drinks Guide was posted on the Midwest Chapter Meeting website this morning. Merete Christianson and I included links to Google Maps walking directions and other information, hoping this will be helpful on mobile devices. A printed version of the guide, along with downtown maps, also will be available at the registration desk. The  complete list of Bismarck-Mandan eateries is available from the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

If you’re planning on driving downtown, be aware several places highlighted have street parking only. You may want to keep in mind what downtown parking ramps are available.

plate,napkin, & cutlery

Tour ND State Capitol

Photo by North Dakota Tourism/Amy Taborsky

If you’re attending the Midwest Chapter meeting in Bismarck, setting aside time to visit one of the “10 Captivating Capitol Buildings” may be on your itinerary. The North Dakota Capitol also holds the world record for the most snow angels made simultaneously in one place, but do NOT expect to see any snow during your visit. (I checked the forecast!)

The Capitol is 1.4 miles from the Radisson Hotel, an invigorating walk for some and a quick drive or taxi ride for the rest of us.

I would recommend taking the Capitol tour if at all possible. You get to see parts of the Capitol that casual visitors do not, and guides point out unique building features. Here are  specific details about the tours:

  • Available Monday through Friday
  • Begin at 9, 10, and 11 a.m.; 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • Last 45 to 55 minutes
  • Begin at the ground floor information desk
  • Park for free on the Mall Drive that curves around the front of the Capitol or in the visitors parking lot south of the Capitol and north of the State Library building.
  • Enter through the covered front entrance and turn right; you’ll be at the information desk in less than a minute.
  • No reservations needed
  • Call 701-328-2480 with any questions.

“Chipper” Hunting in Bismarck

Addicted to “chippers” or just want to try some? Here are some Bismarck locations where you can purchase them during the Midwest meeting:

  • Heritage Center Museum Store — open 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. during the Sunday reception (one more reason to attend!)
  • Plaza Drug1116 North 3rd Street (13 blocks from conference how can i purchase cialis online hotel), also probably best inventory of all Pride of Dakota products in Bismarck
  • BMCVB, Visitor Information Center & Genuine Dakota Gift Shop1600 Burnt Boat Drive (Exit 157 off of I-94, 4.4 miles from conference hotel), stocks two kinds of chippers including new Dickinson-made one made with Belgian chocolate.

Something New at Midwest Chapter

Who’s excited about the Midwest Chapter meeting? It is only 10 days away!

This year, we are trying something new at Midwest Chapter. Along the same lies as the Roundtable Luncheon at MLA annual meetings, we are going to have Campfire Conversations! From 4-5pm on Sunday Oct 12th (immediately following the paper presentations) we will offer the chance for you to join a campfire and talk with your colleagues on a designated topic. Each campfire will have a moderator to get the conversation going and keep it on topic. Listed below are the topics and moderators for the event.

Join us for the Campfire Conversations and talk about “hot” topics and enjoy “s’more” networking with your peers. (Puns totally and completely intended.)

TOPIC: AHIP –  Moderated by Jolene Miller

TOPIC: New and emerging roles for medical librarians  – Moderated by Doreen Roberts

TOPIC: Advocacy and promotion – Moderated by Kelly Thormodson

TOPIC: Future of libraries and embedded librarianship – Moderated by Michel Atlas

TOPIC: Working with nurses and nursing students – Moderated by Liz Weinfurter

TOPIC: New to the profession / Resume recommendations – Moderated by Janna Lawrence