Happy Monday! It’s hard to believe that January is racing to a close – while it doesn’t feel like it, we’re over the hump! Days are getting longer, and in just a few weeks the sun will be up by 7am. How’s that for a pep talk?!
Heads Up – Future Outreach Events
NCLS will provide tables, a tent if needed, handouts and staff coverage; member libraries can sign up to participate for as little as an hour, or for the entire event! This is a great, no-stress way to connect with new potential patrons. If you have a great programming idea for one of these events, or want to suggest one in your region, please email me!
- WPBS Ready Set Fun Bookfest – Early Literacy fair featuring the awards for the WPBS Young Writers Contest, typically held at Salmon Run Mall on a Saturday in mid-March
- Jefferson County Work Place Career Jam – Career exploration event for 8th graders from around the region; typically held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Last year was in May. (I have reached out to the workforce development agencies in the other counties to find out about similar events!)
- Zoo New York Earth Day Celebration – Saturday May 22, we will be upcycling books from the recycling program!
Hunger Solutions New York
New York State has seen participation in WIC drop off after children reach age 1. They have launched a campaign with a set of resources to spread the word that kids are eligible for benefits up to age 5. Please post in your libraries and share to your networks!
Homeless Librarian Newsletter
If you are not already receiving updates from Ryan Dowd, here is the link to sign up for his newsletter, filled with practical tips about de-escalation, policies, and what to say in difficult situations. https://www.homelesstraining.com/newsletter/
Did you know that ALA’s Programming Librarian site has a page with model programs, intended for others to be able to replicate? It’s a super cool way to see the innovative things other libraries have done, and quickly assess whether it might be a good fit for your library! (I’m partial to this one (Sheep to Sweater Series), and if you were interested in replicating it, Schacht Spindle Company has a nonprofit grant available here.
See the whole library here: https://programminglibrarian.org/programs
Health Literacy Basics
The National Library of Medicine has released a great set of resources with tutorials, links and printables to help you help your patrons! Review the information here so you’re ready to help when patrons need reliable health information. https://allofus.nnlm.gov/digital-health-literacy
Upcoming Continuing Education
Exploring Race & Representation in Picture Books
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
This professional development workshop is sponsored by the New York State Library and Ready to Read at New York Libraries. Participants will examine how to use picture books to provide “mirrors and windows” that reflect the identities of all readers. Also covered will be criteria for selecting books, an exploration of representation in recent picture books, and a discussion of how to use books to engage children in conversations about race. Participants will also discover tools for conducting diversity audits and other resources for building a more equitable, inclusive book collection.
Ryan Dowd’s Homeless Training: Homeless De-Escalation 301: Preventing Conflict
Date: February 9
- The science behind how conflict is prevented.
- How to ensure that people give you “the benefit of the doubt.”
- A quirky little game you can play that will keep people from yelling at you (or worse)!
Attack of the Black Rectangles: A Conversation on Censorship with Amy Sarig King and Jane Yolen
Date: February 15, 2023
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Please join LILRC for a moderated conversation with award-winning authors Amy Sarig King (Attack of the Black Rectangles) and Jane Yolen (The Devil’s Arithmetic) on the topics of censorship in children’s and young adult literature.
Actively Anti-Racist Service to Leisure Readers
Date: Live session February 17, 2023, recorded sessions available now!
Providing robust readers’ advisory service that values equity, diversity and inclusion principles is essential to all library service. But moving from being a neutral, well-meaning library where systemic racism is acknowledged to an actively anti-racist organization involves work, some of which is uncomfortable at first. In this program you will begin that work, learning tangible skills to help build enthusiasm for reading and discovering “diverse” books. Prior to the live session, please watch Parts 1&2 of the series. We’ve made the recordings available on our YouTube page, but you’ll need the links to access them:
Part 1: Building Marketing, and Promoting Diverse Collections (and slides)
Part 2: Actively Anti-Racist Service to Leisure Readers (and slides)
Connected Lib Fest
Date: March 15-16, 2023
Time: 1-5pm both days
This two day virtual event will explore the framework of Connected Learning, a way of approaching outreach to youth that leverages their interests and existing community connections. (Admittedly, when I received the email about the symposium it was not clear what it was all about; it took a little digging to find out what Connected Learning means. It does appear to be a potentially valuable approach for those of us trying to reach out to youth!) For more information about the Connected Learning mindset and toolkit, visit: https://connectedlib.github.io/