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January 2021

Toolkit for Public Libraries Working with Patrons Experiencing Homelessness

January 20, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST

This program provides approaches to preventing conflict and creating empathy-driven solutions to patrons experiencing homelessness. Does your library serve community members that do not have a home?This program with give participants approaches on preventing conflict and creating empathy driven problem-solving solutions to patrons experiencing homelessness. The participants will also learn applicable concepts to help implement unconventional, equitable, diverse and inclusive library programs outside of the traditional scope of public libraries. In this informative program attendees will:Understand how to introduce and…

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2020 Readers’ Advisory Year in Review

January 27, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST

Join noted readers' advisory expert, Becky Spratford as she walks you through the "highlights" of 2020 in adult leisure reading. Now that the dumpster fire that was 2020 has moved into our rearview, everyone is eager to jump into the fresh start of 2021, but hold up for just a bit longer. Even though many of us would rather forget 2020 ever happened, it is important, every year, to take a step back and look critically at the year that…

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February 2021

English for Non-Native Professionals

February 3, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST

English for Non-native writers helps business professionals with a sound approach to writing effective business documents in English. English for Non-native Writers helps business professionals with a sound approach to writing effective business documents in Standard English. This webinar lays a foundation to help non-native speakers of any language to strengthen their basic English skills. It covers a full range of do’s and don’ts in grammar, style, and linguistic etiquette. As a bonus, Phil will lead you through a flash…

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Big Programs, Little Budget: Forging Community Partnerships in a Small Town

February 10, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST

Ms. Price will share ideas for hosting "big" programs on a small budget & discuss how partnerships can be an invaluable resource for program Meservey, Iowa, is tiny — fewer than 250 residents —and the library’s budget is tight. Despite this, the Meservey Public Library has managed to triple its program attendance in the past few years and create many memorable, budget-friendly events. Drawing on her experience as director of the Meservey Public Library, Chelsea Price will share ideas for…

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Best of Children’s Books 2020 (2 Hour Special)

February 17, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST

In this fun, interactive, and inherently socially distanced webinar, Jill and Amy will present their favorite Children Books of 2020. 2 Hour Special! 2020 was an exciting year in Children’s publishing! It has also presented a number of challenges for libraries: shifting publication dates, impacted budgets, and shut downs that have impacting duties, hours and staffing. It can be challenging to see the forest through the trees, identifying new titles for use in programs, displays, teach collections, and class visits.…

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Difficult Conversations Online: Teaching civilly in uncivil environments

February 24, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST

Difficult Conversations Online: How to teach civilly in an uncivil environment Conspiracy theories, misinformation, cyberbullying, arguments and much more happen online every second of the day. Librarians frequently interact with their patrons in this fraught environment. How can we teach civil discourse with so much incivility? Carrie has taught college online and in-person since 2015 and holds certifications in online teaching. She has also taught K-12 students’ digital etiquette and how to better communicate online in her work as founder…

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