Free Activity Calendars Put Programming at Your Fingertips

Liz Bowie, Demco
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Published: 18 May 2017
Free Activity Calendars Put Programming at Your Fingertips

Library users young and old benefit from the fun, exciting, and educational programming you offer in your schools and libraries. But little do they know how much hard work and planning goes into putting those activities together! Check out these freely available resources that can bring programming inspiration and make things a little easier.

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Reflecting on the Power of Communities at Citizen University National Conference

Mercy Procaccini
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Published: 16 May 2017
Reflecting on the Power of Communities at Citizen University National Conference

Several WebJunction staff members and public library colleagues attended the Citizen University National Conference held in Seattle March 24-25. The event brought together over 500 change-makers, activists, and catalysts to engage with the conference theme of Reckoning and Repair in America. This was WebJunction's second year attending the event, and to kick things off we hosted a preconference with local library staff. The preconference and conference both provided opportunities to participate in substantive discussions about the issues affecting our communities and to highlight the important role that public libraries can play in addressing these issues.

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Public Libraries and Civic Engagement: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 12 May 2017
Public Libraries and Civic Engagement: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities

The annual Citizen University Conference is held just down the road from WebJunction's Seattle office. In its 12th year, the conference recently gathered together more than 500 change-makers, catalysts and activists for presentations, panels and discussions on topics related to citizen power. This year's conference focused on the need "to reckon with injustice across ideological divides and to repair our frayed social fabric." The event provided the opportunity to invite libraries from Washington state's Puget Sound region to join us for a preconference conversation on how libraries can support these important community needs.

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Virtual Road Trip Part Four: Small Libraries Ready to Create Smart Spaces

Brianna Hoffman
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Published: 09 May 2017
Virtual Road Trip Part Four: Small Libraries Ready to Create Smart Spaces

Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces is a new project from WebJunction just getting underway. More than 100 libraries applied, and 15 small and rural libraries were chosen to participate in this project, which will support them as they reimagine and reconfigure parts of their libraries into spaces for active learning. The cohort of 15 libraries will start the training process this month, and while they are focused on learning, let's learn more about them! Join us on this four-part virtual road trip around the US to meet the 15 libraries and their communities—final stop, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Alabama and Texas!

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Expanding Opportunities for Incarcerated Parents and Their Families at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Autumn McClintock
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Published: 03 May 2017
Expanding Opportunities for Incarcerated Parents and Their Families at the Free Library of Philadelphia

The Free Library of Philadelphia has spent several years working on building a relationship and programs with the Philadelphia Department of Prisons on a program to connect incarcerated individuals to books and to their families. The library recently released a free toolkit in an effort to collaborate with their peers, share what was learned in building a prison services program, and start a conversation among peers. The toolkit, "Expanding Opportunities for Incarcerated Parents and Their Families" is available now!

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