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.

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

November Webinars

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

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

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Thursday – November 1, 2018
“Free Online U.S. Citizenship Course” Does your library provide support to adult immigrants who want to pursue U.S. citizenship and need help studying for the naturalization interview? USA Learns Citizenship is a free course that helps immigrants prepare for all aspects of the naturalization interview. Learn how your library can use the course to help immigrants prepare for their citizenship test.For more information and to register: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=799&reset=1.

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Wednesday – November 14, 2018
“Free Online English as a Second Language Courses”
Is your library looking for ways to help people learn beginning and intermediate English as a second language (ESL)? USA Learns has three ESL courses that incorporate video lessons and thousands of learning activities to teach English in an effective and interactive way. Learn how your library can utilize the courses to help immigrants improve basic language skills.For more information and to register: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=800&reset=1.

meaningful workThursday – Nov 15, 2018 “Encore Career Search Strategies: Help Your Patrons Find Their Way to Meaningful Work”
As library staff it can be very rewarding to help your patrons on the challenging path of (re)entering the job market as a “mature worker.” We can help older patrons compete successfully for jobs by steering them toward resources that match their needs, and by helping them find (economical) ways to develop new job search skill. This webinar will give you information and resources to help patrons bridge the gap in knowledge and skills. For a complete description and to register go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=805&reset=1.

writeWednesday – Nov 28, 2018 “How to Write More Effective Email and Web Content”
Communication connects us to one another and is at the heart of everything we do. In this webinar, we’ll offer specific guidelines that will help you communicate more effectively in an age in which we read most of our content on a screen. We’ll look at before and after examples, and attendees will receive a list of resources for learning more. For a complete description and to register go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=798&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.

Using a Logic Model

Many libraries are working to demonstrate the effectiveness of their activities by initiating and completing outcome-based evaluation of projects. Using a logic model can enhance planning, implementation, and dissemination activities. When you use a logic model, you become aware of the assumptions underlying what you are dAmandaoing.

During her June 12, 2018 webinar delivered as part of the Data Informed Public Library initiative, Demonstrating Library Value with Data, presenter Amanda Standerfer discussed the value of using a logic model to guide your library’s data collection and to set targets to show your success and inform learning when using data to demonstrate impact.

Want to learn more?

  • The webinar with Amanda Standerfer was recorded/archived.
  • See also the library logic model template shared as a webinar resource.

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The Data Informed Public Library initiative is funded by the California State Library and implemented by Infopeople. The project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

 

 

 

Resilience, Mindfulness, and Laughter, too

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Check out these upcoming learning opportunities!

  • Reducing Workplace Stress with Mindfulness
    A one-hour webinar, May 24th at Pacific – 12 Noon, Mountain – 1 PM, Central – 2 PM, Eastern – 3 PM
    Presenter: Katie Scherrer
    Do you sometimes feel distracted at work? Do you feel pulled in too many directions simultaneously? Do you feel stress from your work life creeping into your personal time? Mindfulness is a simple practice that can help all of us reduce stress by connecting to the present moment. It requires no special equipment or prior experience and can be practiced anywhere at any time. This webinar will introduce participants to the practice of mindfulness by presenting basic science about the practice and its benefits, connecting the experience of mindfulness to library work, and by guiding participants through several beginning practices in real time.
  • Workplace Burnout: Bouncing Back with Resilience 
    An online course, starts June 5th and ends July 2nd
    Instructor: Debra Westwood
    Staff who work in public service positions, like libraries, face mental and emotional challenges in their daily work. Budget struggles, trying to make a difference in high need communities, changes in the library’s role, concerns at home, local and national politics – it adds up! When that kind of pressure is coming at you from all directions, it can contribute to a gradual grinding down, loss of joy, a fading enthusiasm that we call burn-out. In this 4-week course, look at the physiology & psychology of burnout, as well as how it manifests itself physically, emotionally and behaviorally. Know the difference between stress and burnout. Learn restorative practices to help restore resiliency and job satisfaction.
  • “I could really use a good laugh!” How to Give a Laughter-as-Therapy Program in Your Library
    A one-hour webinar, June 14th at Pacific – 12 Noon, Mountain – 1 PM, Central – 2 PM, Eastern – 3 PM
    Presenter: William Mongelli
    Stress – good AND bad – is a fact of human existence. As it turns out, laughter IS one of the best medicines! The physiological and psychological benefits of laughter and humor continue to be documented in the scientific study of laughter (gelatology). Even the simple act of smiling has been shown to improve mood and nurture a positive mental outlook. This webinar will give you the skill-sets necessary to teach both your library users and library staff a fun & effective way of managing the stresses of their day. Laughter-as-therapy in the library environment can be offered to library users of all ages.