Skills for Community-Centered Libraries: A Webinar Series with the Free Library of Philadelphia

Lynn Williamson, Neighborhood Library Services Division, and Kimberly Kirn, Project Coordinator, Skills for Community-Centered Libraries, Free Library of Philadelphia
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Published: 19 April 2021
Skills for Community-Centered Libraries: A Webinar Series with the Free Library of Philadelphia

Like many libraries across the nation, the Free Library of Philadelphia is undergoing a paradigm shift. Their extensive collections offer boundless discoveries, but increasingly their focus is not only on what is housed within their walls and on their servers, but how they are engaging with their communities. To address this shift and support staff, the Free Library of Philadelphia created the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries curriculum to train over 300 full-time library staff.

WebJunction is thrilled to be partnering with the Free Library of Philadelphia on a series of webinars on the Community-Centered Libraries project, highlighting facets of the... Read more

Telling the Story of Food: Why Food Literacy Matters to Your Library

Rebecca Antill, Youth Services Consultant, South Carolina State Library
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Published: 15 April 2021
Telling the Story of Food: Why Food Literacy Matters to Your Library

Rebecca Antill was a presenter in the WebJunction webinar, Strengthening Communities: Food Access at Your Library. Here, she shares additional information about food literacy programming and resources made available through the South Carolina State Library.

Over the past three and a half years of our food literacy initiative, SC Read Eat Grow, the one question I have heard over and over again is, "Why should a library be involved with food and nutrition?" For the South Carolina State Library and our statewide partner organizations, the answer is simple: food is a basic need for every person. Yet there is an... Read more

Social Library, Volume 167

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 09 April 2021
Social Library, Volume 167

We continue the Social Library series with more examples of the innovative ways libraries connect with their communities. This edition includes a video series with professionals presenting on their careers, passive programming for families, celebrating milestones with partners at meal pick up sites, Medicare counseling appointments, and a community music and art project celebrating the Hmong community. If you'd like your library to be featured in an upcoming edition of the Social Library, let us know via social@webjunction.org or find us on Facebook.

Los Angeles Public Library in California, has been hosting weekly online sessions with professionals discussing their... Read more

Posted In: Social Library

Free April Webinars for Library Staff

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library
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Published: 30 March 2021
Free April Webinars for Library Staff

As we look beyond the first year of living in the time of COVID, libraries and their communities continue to move through uncharted territory. Fortunately, the field is committed to sharing what's being learned through multiple online platforms. Take a look at this month's list of over 90 free webinars, symposia, festivals, workshops, and forums, covering 22 different topic areas, from advocacy to volunteers. Thank you to the Wyoming State Library for collecting this list of learning opportunities! It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.

For additional training, check... Read more

We're Not Complete Without You: A Collaborative Puzzle Art Project

Paula Wagner, Reference Services Manager, Barberton Public Library (OH)
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Published: 23 March 2021
We're Not Complete Without You: A Collaborative Puzzle Art Project

As libraries continue to look for ways to create meaningful community connections during the pandemic, it was exciting to see this wonderful idea shared in the Programming Librarian Interest Group on Facebook. Thank you to Paula Wagner, Reference Services Manager at the Barberton Public Library in Ohio, for outlining how she implemented a collaborative puzzle art project.
 
Like many of the ideas gathered from the Programming Librarian Interest Group on Facebook, I had previously seen someone else post (thank you to that person!) about a successful puzzle project at their library. It seemed like the perfect program to engage... Read more

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In this webinar, learn design thinking principles that can be used in collaboration with the community, to identify and meet space and programming needs for active learning.

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