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  • Supporting English Language Learners and their Families

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    If “it takes a village” is your motto, then it’s important to consider how librarians can support their young learners by supporting their young learners’ families. By exploring and celebrating your community’s cultures with the families in your community, you can welcome more and more families into your facility and place books into the hands of your neighbors. Families visiting the library already recognize the importance of literature, so we will explore additional strategies, tips, and resources for developing literacy and language skills at home.

  • Read Aloud Tips and Strategies

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    Participants will explore the most popular reading strategy used by educators of infants through kindergarten: read alouds. We will explore how various styles and levels can be implemented to better engage “young readers”, increase excitement with books, and, ultimately, increase literacy and language development.

  • Early Literacy: Social and Emotional Development

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    This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of child development theories related to the social and emotional development of young children. Additional information on why children may act inappropriately and strategies for supporting social and emotional development will also be discussed.

  • Arts Integration and Children's Books

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    Participants will explore using “story baskets” to tell and retell stories. A story basket is a collection of small materials that represent key story elements such as the character(s), setting, problem, and solution. For example, the storyteller could use a small stuffed animal for a character and a rock or leaf to represent the setting. Variations of the story basket strategy are limitless!

  • How to Engage Your Community in Your Library's Strategic Planning

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    Your neighbors are too busy these days. So involving your community's members in a conventional library strategic planning process - committees, meetings, advisory boards, focus groups - can be problematic. How can you recruit people who can provide significant feedback to ensure your library's strategic plan is responsive to the needs of your stakeholders? One secret: Don't ask for input just once a year.

  • Library Book Sales and Book Stores - Including Online Sales

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    Webinar archive. 1 hour. Library book sales can bring a community together or create a privileged elite, provide new life for used books or line the pockets of unscrupulous collectors, provide extra income for cash-strapped libraries or be a drain on paid staff as well as take up valuable space. What can you do to update your book sale strategies? How can you decide what is working and what needs to change? And what is the problem with big changes?

  • How to Hire Outside Talent for Your Library Programming

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    Having spoken at hundreds of local, state, and national library conferences and conventions, instructor Pat Wagner understands the business from the talent's point of view. Speakers want a clearly written set of expectations, library staff to work with who are great at communicating, and no big surprises. Libraries want someone who is reliable and competent, who shows up on time, does the job well, and is easy to work with. How can good libraries and good talent find each other? This session was recorded by Pat Wagner of Siera Learning in 2015.

  • Everyday Leadership for Library Directors

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    Regardless of the burden of responsibilities in your library, you can be a leader: someone with vision, character, and influence who is comfortable with risk. Do you have a big-picture view of your library? Do you think about the future and talk about your vision for better technology, improved customer service, a superior collection, and community-based programming? Do staff and community members want to follow your lead? Do they listen to your ideas and take you seriously?

  • Bully-Proofing Your Library

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    Whether you call it bullying, harassing, intimidating, stalking, threatening, tormenting, browbeating, needling, or pushing people around, commonsense calls it bad behavior. What steps need to be taken during your library's employment cycle and regarding the culture of your library to prevent bullying behavior? To address incidents with staff and library users, particularly young people?

  • Techboomers: Digital Literacy Tools

    1 Lessons in is a free educational website that teaches older adults and others with limited computer skills how to use the most popular websites on the Internet. A few of our popular courses include Facebook, Netflix, and Internet Safety. In addition to students learning on their own at Techboomers, we encourage libraries and other organizations that run technology training classes to use our free video and article tutorials however they like to supplement and extend their digital literacy programs.