Last month we asked what libraries are doing to reach out to Spanish-speaking and Latino communities, and of the libraries that responded, the majority have explored many different ways to serve these communities.

Hosting events that celebrate Latino heritage or culture received the greatest response, with collaborating with community partners, providing bilingual storytimes, and providing technology instruction/classes in Spanish all close behind.

Read about the programs libraries are offering, barriers they have faced and what library staff thought would be good to learn more about in this summary of the poll results.

When asked what would be helpful to know more about, one person put it succinctly, "How to serve such a diverse group without insulting their intelligence."

Along those lines, we hope you will join us on Thursday, July 7, for the free webinar Before Bilingual Storytime: The Outreach Bridge to Engaging Latino and Spanish-speaking Families. This webinar will present strategies for library outreach to and engagement with these varied communities, laying the groundwork for successful programming. Presenters will share real-world examples of outreach strategies from librarians who successfully connected with their Latino and Spanish-speaking communities and a basic outreach process that you can adapt for your own community.

Before Bilingual Storytime: The Outreach Bridge to Engaging Latino and Spanish-speaking Families

Newly published book by Before Bilingual Storytime webinar co-presenter Katie Scherrer.

June Poll: Summer Reading Programs

Let us know what you're doing this summer so that we can share the best of summer 2016 with your fellow libraries.

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Recent Articles on WebJunction


We feature new WebJunction articles on our homepage each week. Here are some of our most recent additions.

Program Idea: Golden Girls Trivia

We couldn't help but notice a Facebook post that mentioned this successful program idea, and we just had to know more. Judith R. Wright, Teen Librarian at Homewood Public Library in Homewood, AL, was kind enough to share more information on their Golden Girls Trivia program including all the materials and templates she created. The program is for all ages and could easily be tailored for any subject, but why would you? Grab a cheesecake and get ready for fun at your library.

Program Idea: Golden Girls Trivia
 
 

33 New Webinars Added to the WebJunction Catalog

The WebJunction Course Catalog provides free access to library-focused self-paced courses and webinar archives. With the addition of the 33 webinars listed by topic at the link, you'll now find 215 webinar archives produced by WebJunction or by one of our content collaborators including TechSoup, Infopeople and the Nebraska Library Commission. Pick your next learning adventure from archived webinars spanning advocacy, programming, technology and so much more!

33 New Webinars Added to the WebJunction Catalog
 
 

Library Spotlight: Community, Connections at Geneseo Public Library District

When you talk with as many library staff as we do at WebJunction, it doesn't take long to pick up on libraries that are at the heart of their communities. The modus operandi starts to feel familiar. Programming that reflects patrons' interests and the needs of the community: check. Leaders who make constant connections with other organizations and businesses: check. Parlaying one opportunity to create the next: check. In this profile, get to know the Geneseo Public Library District and find out how they have successfully checked all of these boxes.

Library Spotlight: Community, Connections at Geneseo Public Library District

Upcoming Webinars


To access all upcoming events and archives, go to the Events Calendar.

 
 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship

A healthy and effective workplace often stems from strong leadership. For supervisors, it’s important to develop a team of individuals who work well together, do what needs to be done, and help each other succeed. Join us for a dynamic session to learn what it means to develop a healthy organizational culture, with an introduction to the concept of organizational citizenship behavior and its relevance to public libraries. You’ll learn techniques to build and support a team that is willing and able to go above and beyond, and to help your library succeed.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time

 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Before Bilingual Storytime: The Outreach Bridge to Engaging Latino and Spanish-speaking Families

If you want to attract Latino and Spanish-speaking families to your library, the instinct is to launch a bilingual or Spanish-language storytime. It's the "if we build it, they will come" logic for attracting community members who are not being served by the library. Libraries may be disappointed to discover that it doesn't necessarily work that way. In this webinar, recognize the critical role that outreach plays in bridging the gap between Latino and Spanish-speaking families and library services. Hear real-world examples of outreach strategies from librarians who successfully connected with their Latino and Spanish-speaking communities, and learn a basic outreach process that you can adapt for your own community.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time

 
 
 
 
 

Additional Online Learning


WebJunction Course Catalog

Our Course Catalog is free and open to library staff everywhere whenever you are ready to learn. We offer library-specific self-paced courses, webinar archives and other great learning materials.

Certificates of Completion are available to help library staff meet CE and LEU credit requirements. Create your free account and start learning today.

Other Free Learning

We may be halfway through June, but there are still plenty of opportunities for free training. In fact, there are 17 more free webinars in June spanning topics from weeding to strategic planning. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights in this month's webinar offerings include:

 
 

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