Library Programming for Adults

During the summer, lots of time, energy and attention are given to the amazing summer programs that public libraries offer for youth. This post, however, is for all of the library staff who coordinate library programming for adults. You deserve recognition and support, too! Whether you’re conducting a Summer Reading Program for Adults or offering other programming designed to inform, educate,  and connect the adults in your community, you’re doing creative and inspiring work. We have scheduled two webinars for you this summer. Both are free and both are focused on sharing ideas regarding library programs for adults. After all, you don’t stop liking science and crafts just because the world sees you as a grown-up.

June 12, 2019

Community Climate Cafes: Science Programming for Adults

Start Time: Pacific – 12 Noon, Mountain – 1 PM, Central – 2 PM, Eastern – 3 PM

scienceJoin Sarah Kishler and Michele Rowic from San Jose Public Library and learn about their three-part series of adult programs on the subject of climate change and the impact it had on the community. Part book club and part science café, the program incorporated companion books, short film showings, guest speakers, giveaways, and community discussion. Sarah and Michele will discuss the program structure, themes, as well as outcomes, challenges and scalability. There will be a discussion of community partnerships, promotion and marketing as well as a demonstration of the Pushing the Limits Environmental Literacy materials, which are available (FREE!) via Infopeople’s Niche Academy. Info/registration at: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=853.

July 11, 2019

Living in a Material World: Crafting Programs for Adults

Start Time: Pacific – 12 Noon, Mountain – 1 PM, Central – 2 PM, Eastern – 3 PM

craftsIn this session, Kimberli Buckli from Contra Costa County Library will discuss how to put together an adult craft program on a budget. She will offer a wide variety and range of craft examples that will prove that crafts aren’t just for kids. Additionally, Kimberli will discuss the history of crafts and the current state of the crafting world as well as the therapeutic and health benefits that crafts can provide for adults. Info/registration at: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=852.

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Infopeople webinars are free of charge. You can pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button on the announcement page. If you pre-register, then you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar. Check out our archive listing at: http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived.

Privacy: Learning Resources

It’s Choose Privacy Week!
Choose Privacy Week is the American Library Association’s privacy 2019 iconannual, week-long event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’ unique role in protecting privacy. It is an opportunity for libraries to offer privacy-centered programming, displays, and other learning opportunities that help patrons and librarians to learn, think critically and make more informed choices about privacy.

To contribute to the good work happening this week, we’d like to highlight a couple of free resources that you can use to learn and do more to protect privacy.

 

  • Alison Macrina, director of the Library Freedom Project, delivered a webinar for Infopeople, called “Teaching Privacy in Libraries: Strategies and Tools.” At a time when society is facing a new set of challenges around privacy, surveillance, censorship and free speech, library workers, as stewards of information and providers of internet access, are in a prime position to educate patrons about their digital rights. In this free recording, Marcrina demonstrates tools and best practices that can be taught in any library environment, in one-on-one patron interactions or computer classes.
  • Laura Solomon presented an Infopeople webinar called, “Protecting Your Online Privacy: Risks and Strategies.” The free recording includes information and examples to help us understand why protecting one’s online privacy is now so critical and what can happen when one doesn’t. The session highlights various concrete methods and tools you can use to help protect online privacy as much as possible.

 

Library Podcasts

what is a podcastWe’re approaching summer and for many of us that means vacation time- and sometimes… road trips! If you’re like me, one of the best things about those highway hours is listening to podcasts. I’ve been known to spend a fair chunk of time curating just the right options for a family journey. And I know I’m not alone in my podcast fandom. Their popularity continues to steadily increase. According to the 2018 Infinite Dial Study by Edison Research and Triton Digital, 44% of Americans (age 12 and over) say they have listened to a podcast.

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Libraries not only help people find relevant podcasts, but they can use podcasts for engagement with their communities, too. In her upcoming Infopeople course about Community Engagement, instructor Barbara Alvarez suggests there are countless opportunities for libraries to create podcast series.

Some of her ideas include:

  • Storytelling with community members
    Partner with local historical societies or genealogy groups to interview and record stories from community members, including senior citizens, about memorable occurrences in the community.
  • Entrepreneurs
    Host an entrepreneur series in which you interview local business owners who decided to become their own boss. Ask about their story, what their recommendations are for people who would like to follow in their footsteps, and what the future is for entrepreneurship. (Take a look at an entrepreneur podcast series Barbara created as a Business Librarian).
  • Booktalks
    Encourage local organizations, businesses, and community members to participate in a monthly booktalk podcast in which you discuss a book (or movie or topic), and get a local expert’s (business owner or organization) input into how that theme relates to the community as a whole. (Barbara’s library hosts a monthly book discussion and has a blast doing it! Listen to their episodes).
  • Informational Interviews.
    Curious about a certain field, profession, topic, or theme? Create a podcast series exploring oddities, curiosities, and unknown people, places, and things in your community. (Barbara and a colleague hosted an informational series as part of the virtual conference called The Library OnConference. Listen here.)
  • Local happenings
    Partner with the Park District, Chamber of Commerce, local government, schools, etc. to talk about exciting events going on in the community, and how people can get involved. Interview community members about their participation, too.
  • Creative communities
    Use the podcast as a platform for local writers and creatives to share their poems, songs, stories, and more. Think of it as an “open mic night” on air.
  • Armchair travel
    If there are patrons at your library who enjoy traveling, ask if they are willing to share their experiences so fellow members of the community can travel from the comfort of their home.
  • Job seeker series
    Support the local job seeking network by partnering with job seeker programs or organizations to share best practices, tips and resources that job seekers can utilize during their career transition. This is also a great opportunity to highlight library resources and tools.

Did those examples get your creative juices flowing? We hope so! Using technology for community engagement is all about building new or stronger community relationships using virtual technology, spreading the library’s and the community’s message to a larger audience, particularly those who are unfamiliar with library and community resources, and showcasing aspects of the library and the community that may be overlooked or unknown.

And there’s more good news… you do not need fancy software or expensive equipment to create a podcast series. You can use your smartphone or tablet and free software!

Does your library create podcasts? Can you think of a potential podcast series for your library and community?

In Community Engagement: Building Connections with Technology, Barbara walks learners through process of creating podcasts and videos, too. She also helps learners discover how to broadcast live events, making it possible to share library events virtually. Additional information and registration are available at: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=843.

Check Out These April Webinars

In the spring, a library staff member’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of learning.

Apologies to Tennyson for that very un-poetic appropriation of his verse… but we are excited about these three lovely learning opportunities in April (which is National Poetry Month!).

April 4th: Celebrating Diversity & Multiculturalism through Crafts

createWith presenters Kimberli Buckley and Dunyau Maqsoudi-Moreno on Thursday, April 4, 2019 @noon Pacific Time

Celebrating diversity means being accepting of all people, regardless of their race, culture, or religion. Learning about different cultural aspects offers unique and new experiences for children. Hands-on craft activities provide an interactive and fun way to introduce children to the concept of diversity and multiculturalism.

In this webinar, we will define diversity and multiculturalism, cultural appropriateness, and highlight crafts and activities that will help teach children to respect and celebrate the differences in all people. By merging diversity and equity into our library programming we can build cultural relevance into any craft program.

For a complete description and to REGISTER: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=830&reset=1

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April 9th: Free Tools for Working with Graphics and the Web

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With presenter Laura Solomon on Tuesday, April 9, 2018 @noon Pacific Time

Does your job involve working with graphics, social media, or websites? Join Laura Solomon as she explores tools to help you make your online content more creative and appealing. Laura will discuss:

  • Tools for working with and creating video and animations
  • Tools for creating social media content
  • Tools to help with fonts and colors
  • Tools that can assist with website-related work

For a complete description and to REGISTER: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=832&reset=1

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April 23rd: New Books for Storytime

ReadWith presenter Penny Peck on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @noon Pacific Time

Are you looking for new picture books to re-energize your storytimes? This webinar will focus on new picture books that will engage the storytime audience, including books that invite audience participation, books based on songs and nursery rhymes, books that promote preliteracy skills and kindergarten readiness, and websites useful to storytime planning.

For a complete description and to REGISTER: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=834&reset=1

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Webinars are free of charge. You can pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button on the announcement page. If you pre-register, then you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check out our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

December Webinars

Looking for practical & free learning that you can participate in right at your desk? Please join us for one, two, or all three of these webinars in December!

Libraries and the people working in them help in so many ways. Join us for these  upcoming webinars and discover useful resources and strategies.

MINDSETWednesday – December 5
“School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 1: Growth Mindset”
This is the first webinar in a 4-part series focused on helping libraries use the Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit. Join us for this 90-minute webinar to learn more about what you can do to help support children’s growth mindset and persistence through challenge. For more information and to register: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=801&reset=1.

IMMIGRANTS

Tuesday – December 11
“Using USCIS Resources to Support Immigrants and Refugees in the Library”
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Office of Citizenship has developed a wealth of products and resources your library can use to help people gain information on how to become a U.S. citizen, prepare for the U.S. naturalization test and interview, and navigate life in the United States. Join us for this one-hour webinar to learn about Citizenship Corners, free products and resources, and other ways to help recently arrived immigrants and refugees. For more information and to register: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=810&reset=1.

EQUITYThursday – December 13
“We Know Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are Important… Now What?”
It seems like everyone is talking about equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), but what does it really mean to put these values into practice at your library? In this one-hour webinar, the presenters will a provide a “starter kit” for EDI training in libraries. For more information and to register: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=809&reset=1.


Webinars are free of charge. Pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button on the announcement page. If you pre-register, you will receive an email with the login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you are unable to attend a live event, you can access the recorded version the day following the webinar. Check out our archive listing at: http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived.