The Future is Fine Free

“The Future is Fine Free”
Thursday, February 13th 
Noon Pacific, 1 PM Mountain, 2 PM Central, 3 PM Easternwhy

Join us for a webinar with Pines and Plains Libraries (CO) Director Tim Miller, Perry County Library (TN) Director Gail Spragins, Chicago Public Library (IL) Commissioner Andrea Telli, and Santa Monica Public Library (CA) Director Patty Wong as they engage in a big-picture conversation about becoming and being fine-free libraries. During this conversation, they will identify their libraries’ “why” for being fine-free, discuss how they strategically addressed their communities’ needs and local government priorities by eliminating fines, and describe the impacts of going fine-free on their communities. Register for this session at this link:


While the February 13th webinar will focus on the “why” of howgoing fine-free, we know that many people are also interested in the “how”. For those how-to questions, we encourage you to check out the Infopeople webinar recording “Eliminating Overdue Fines: A Win-Win for Your Library and Community” with Beth Crist, Colorado State Library and Meg DePriest, California State Library Consultant at this link:

Join us for these February webinars!

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Presented by Laura Solomon

Wednesday February 5, 2020

Do you spend a good part of your job working with social media? If so, then you already know how time-intensive content creation and management of social platforms can be. Fortunately, the web is filled with free tools vying for your attention. In this webinar you will learn about some online gems that you can use to improve your workflow, create new content, or share with your friends and colleagues. The webinar will include tools for working with Twitter and Instagram, tools for creating social media content for varied platforms, and other free online tools. For a complete description and to REGISTER NOW:

What’s New in Children’s Literature 2020

Presented by Penny Peck

Wednesday February 19, 2020

Join us for our annual review of what’s new in children’s literature, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve. Hear about


books published in late 2019 and Spring 2020 that will be popular with children ages 0-12. We’ll cover board books, picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more.  Find new books perfect for storytime and to offer parents as read-alouds. Discover books that will grab the attention of reluctant readers, including the newest graphic novels for kids and popular series. Take away a list of helpful websites to use when doing readers’ advisory, and sites that will help you keep up-to-date on the latest children’s books. For a complete description and to REGISTER NOW:


Infopeople’s 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 after the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:

2019 Webinars You May Have Missed…

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Last week we highlighted a few popular webinars from 2019. There were so many great sessions during the year that we thought we’d share a couple more of the most popular from 2019!

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I also asked our webinar team if there were any sessions that didn’t make the list based upon registration numbers, but that were just so good that they deserve to be highlighted and they suggested a few favorites:

See all of the archived webinars at:

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In Case You Missed It: Webinars in 2019



noun: webinar; plural noun: webinars

a one-hour online learning opportunity hosted by Infopeople and featuring guest speakers from or relevant to the library world

Almost every month we offer a FREE webinar or two! Some people attend the live online sessions and lots of people access the recorded versions at a later date/time, too. Did you know that all of our webinars are archived and available here: ? Watch them on your own or get a group together and watch and discuss together.

As we near the end of 2019, we’re taking a look at webinar statistics from the year. There were so many great presenters and topics – a few of the most popular include:

Have an idea for a webinar that you’d like to see in 2020? Please share your suggestions here:!colorful learning



Library Programming to Inspire Writing and Family Engagement

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What is Writing Boxes?

It is essential that—just as we encourage reading aloud and the sharing of books—we also share the joy of writing and communicate how writing is tied to literacy. Writing Boxes is an “instant’’ program template that requires very little prep, is easy to replicate, inexpensive, works across age groups, supports increased literacy, and fosters community engagement.

Why Offer Programming to Inspire Writing?

Library staff who serve children understand one of their core missions is to support reading. Reading is a part of literacy as is writing, listening, and communication. Writing experiences support family engagement, community engagement, facilitate literacy, and support out-of-school learning across the curriculum including STEM. As librarians we believe in the Freedom to Read, but what about the freedom to write? Libraries can provide programming and a non-threatening and non-judgmental space to write.

Want to Learn More?

Join us for a FREE webinar on December 5th. This hands-on experience will demonstrate how easy it is to plan and produce a Writing Box program. Presenter Lisa Von Drasek (Curator, Children’s Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries former public and school librarian k-18) will:

  • Demonstrate how easy it is to plan and produce a Writing Box program.
  • Discuss how to select mentor texts for Writing Box Programs.
  • Model the process of prepping and facilitating a Writing Box program for children and young adults as well as their caregivers.
  • Provide suggestions on how to structure a program that takes into account diverse physical, developmental, and cognitive abilities
  • Describe the creation of the Writing Box, including how it was developed at the Brooklyn Public Library and the essential facets such as selecting developmentally relevant and culturally responsive mentor titles.

Sign-up Here

Join us to learn how your library can create diverse, welcoming, intergenerational programming to inspire writing as an integral part of supporting literacy and family engagement. Additional information and registration at: