Social Library, the Great Outdoors Edition
Though some libraries have begun to welcome communities back to their indoor spaces, many libraries are continuing to explore opportunities for patrons to enjoy library services and programming in the great outdoors. Libraries highlighted are offering classes with entomologists, garden boxes for kids, a popup seed library, a new outdoor shelter, and even an outdoor learning center with multiple interactive gardens, along with outside seating and wifi. If you'd like your library to be featured in an upcoming edition of the Social Library, let us know via email@example.com or find us on Facebook.
Ohio County Public Library in West... Read more
Free May Webinars for Library Staff
May has arrived, bringing with it a new month of free learning opportunities relevant to library staff. Take a look at this month's list of over 94 free events, covering 23 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 out the WebJunction Catalog, free and open to library staff and volunteers everywhere.
Conscious Child Family Book Discussion Kits on Racial Equity, Identity, and Justice
We learned about these fantastic book discussion kits in recent Ohio Library Council News and reached out to Caitlin Campbell, Children's Librarian, at the Oxford Lane Library in Ohio, to learn more about the project and the resources included in each of the kits. The library has generously shared their great work, including each of the discussion guides, for other libraries to use and adapt locally.
We're very proud of the kits, and believe their creation is a good example of how we as librarians can and should listen and respond to our community. The story of our Conscious... Read more
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 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
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18 May 2021
This webinar will focus on self-care strategies for library staff, to respond to the physical, behavioral and emotional impacts of workplace stressors.
03 June 2021
Explore strategies for connecting with community assets in-person and online as a step toward developing a more community-centered library.
09 June 2021
Presenters from small and rural locations in South Carolina will share their experiences with seed libraries and community refrigerators.
08 July 2021
Reflect on how life experiences, traditions, and beliefs impact communication and explore strategies for facilitating deeper discussions and stronger connections as steps toward developing a more community-centered library.
05 August 2021
Explore the SOAR model as a strategy for developing asset-oriented initiatives as a step toward developing a more community-centered library.