Tips for Virtual, Outdoor, In-Person Programming During COVID-19 for Children, Youth, and Family

Tips for Virtual, Outdoor, In-Person Programming During COVID-19 for Children, Youth, and Family


This interactive and informative 90-minute webinar will introduce emerging practices, fundamental methods, and knowledge to empower library staff to:

• Incorporate children, youth, and family programming during the COVID-19 pandemic challenge,
• Design, implement, and assess programs, including the use of take-home kits,
• Reinvent their role with customers,
• Strengthen collaborations among peers and community partners,
• Help make the library a magnet drawing people into a realm to elevate an individual’s capacity for learning, discovering excellence, and contributing to life no matter the challenge.

An emphasis will be placed on virtual programming, however, examples of all program types – virtual, outdoor, in-person, and hybrid (in-person and virtual) – will be used along with all sizes of libraries, budgets, and ambition.

As a result of this program, attendees will be able to:
• Identify three effective practices for designing and implementing a program in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic challenges
• Explain three ways to set up behind the scenes practices to help make virtual programs run more smoothly
• Describe four ways a production assistant and program presenters work together to make a program happen
• Identify two effective methods for assessing how to create a dynamic program (virtual, outdoor, in-person, or hybrid) no matter your library’s size, budget or level of ambition
• Visualize one new way to move forward with creating an exciting program or revamping a pre-COVID program and identify next steps

Original broadcast January 19, 2021 

Presenter ~ Conni Strittmatter
Connie Strittmatter has worked as the Coordinator for Children’s and Teen Services at the Harford County Public Library and the Assistant Branch Manager for the Harford Community College Library in Bel Air, Maryland.

Presenter ~ Dorothy Stoltz
Dorothy is the Director for Community Engagement at the Carroll County Public Library in Westminster, Maryland. She has been fortunate to pull together teams of wonderfully talented people to co-write books for ALA Editions including: Transform and Thrive: Ideas to Invigorate Your Library and Your Community (2018); Inspired Collaboration: Ideas for Discovering and Applying Your Potential (2016); The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces (2015); Every Child Ready for School: Helping Adults Inspire Children to Learn (2013); and, Tender Topics: Picture Books about Childhood Challenges (2013).

Let’s Move in Libraries!

Let’s Move in Libraries!

Join us for a webinar with Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library and Let’s Move in Libraries! to learn how libraries of all sizes can incorporate walking into programs for all ages. How have libraries walked their book clubs and programming outside their walls? We will take the path less traveled into StoryWalk® and Walking Book Club to inspire you to get your library up and moving.

Learn how a highly partnered and anchored StoryWalk® or quick pop-up outdoor book walk opportunities have flourished during the COVID-19 social distancing. Explore your outdoor movement opportunities, walk programs and local history walks with us in this hour-long adventure.

Participants of this session will:

• Brainstorm ideas to incorporate walking into programming
• Determine barriers and corresponding strategies for developing outdoors programs, including working with partners and dealing with weather
• Discuss the benefit of outdoor walks for social distancing
• Outline an assessment strategy for outdoors and passive programs like a StoryWalk®


Original broadcast January 21, 2021 

Presenter ~ Emily Nanney
Emily Nanney has worked in Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (CML) for 20 years. Since October 2018, she has been the education leader providing strategic oversight for programming and educational partnerships. Nanney previously held positions in children’s services including coordinator, manager and librarian. She was a 2018 Randolph Caldecott Selection Committee member, served as a member of the 2015 PLA Leadership Academy, was the team lead for the ALSC Institute, and project coordinator for the LSTA StoryWalk® Grant in 2018 for CML. Nanney holds an MLIS from the University of South Carolina and a BA in elementary education from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Presneter – Dr. Noah Lenstra
Dr. Noah Lenstra, MLIS, is an assistant professor of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he directs Let’s Move in Libraries. He is the author of Healthy Living at the Library (2020, Libraries Unlimited), and received (with colleagues from Wayne State and University of Oklahoma) a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to study how small and rural public libraries address health and wellness through public programs. He is a member of the Public Library Association’s Promoting Healthy
Communities Advisory Group and in August 2020 received an IMLS Early Career Award (RE-246336-OLS-20) to answer ‘How, why, and with what impacts do public libraries collaborate with others to co-develop programming around healthy eating and active living?

Building Connections and Keeping Students Engaged in Online Courses

Building Connections and Keeping Students Engaged in Online Courses


Today’s students are juggling many responsibilities. Whether the student is a full-time working adult or a first-year student, the demands on their time are not decreasing. According to a report from Best Colleges, online students are becoming more diverse, and 47% of them choose online courses specifically for the flexibility they offer. However, keeping a diverse group of students engaged when there are competing demands on their time can be challenging.

In order to build connections, instructors must lessen the distance the students feel between themselves and their peers, and between themselves and the instructor. In this session, the presenter will share strategies for mitigating transactional distance and building connections with students in order to keep students engaged.


Original broadcast January 20, 2021

Presenter ~ Lauren Hays
Lauren Hays, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Central Missouri. Previously, she was the Instructional and Research Librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoyed teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. Her professional interests include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, information literacy, digital literacy, educational technology, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.

What Would You Do: Strategies for Dealing with Implicit Bias in the Workplace

What Would You Do: Strategies for Dealing with Implicit Bias in the Workplace

How do we, as managers and leaders, foster a healthy, inclusive work environment so all employees can succeed? Individuals with diverse backgrounds are being subjected to subtle and overt bias in the workplace due to the divisive climate in which we live.

There isn’t a quick manual on how to identify and effectively address bias within the information profession nor in the workplace. This webinar will help managers and staff identify different types of bias challenges and learn about strategies and solutions to help foster an inclusive work environment.


Original Broadcast January 14, 2021

Presenter ~ Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran
Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is an accomplished educator, innovative speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, cultural intelligence and diversity and inclusion expert with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Dr. Villagran is the founder and CEO of CulturalCo LLC, which provides consulting services in conflict management, bias, emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence, diversity, and inclusion. She is also an assistant professor with San José State University School of Information where her research focuses on cultural diversity and social justice in library and information science and cultural intelligence phenomena within organizations.

What to Expect When You’re Constructing

What to Expect When You’re Constructing


Considering a renovation project and don’t know where to start? Hoping to suggest a renovation project to library administration or Board? Learn the basics of construction and renovation projects to ensure yours will be a success!

Consultant and former Director of the Union County Library System, Rieta Drinkwine, will provide an overview of the construction process from a public library perspective, including how to get started, community needs assessments, project milestones and timelines, different methods for completing projects, and potential revenue options. She will also share successes and challenges faced by the Union County Library System when completing their award-winning facility renovation in 2018. This webinar will provide useful knowledge to librarians and library staff of all levels, even those who may not supervise a construction project. Participants will gain the knowledge necessary to engage in conversations about and to lead future library facility projects.

Learning Objectives:
• Become familiar with construction project terminology
• Learn the basics of construction projects
• Know how to get started with a building construction project


Original broadcast January 12, 2021 

Presenter – Rieta Drinkwine
Rieta Drinkwine earned her BA in Classics from the University of Kansas in 2009 and her Masters in Library Science from Indiana University in 2011. Since beginning her professional career, she has worked in a range of library and information settings, including records and archives, academic (2-year and 4-year), and public libraries. Most recently, she served as Library Director for the Union County Library System in Union, SC, which expanded from one service location to four, completed an award-winning renovation, and increased its operating budget and usage by 50% during her tenure. Rieta now provides consulting services through RAD Solutions Consulting, LLC (radsc.org). She is also pursuing a dual degree from Clemson University (Masters in City and Regional Planning and Doctorate in Planning, Design, and the Built Environment) in order to further focus on community development work and the role of libraries in communities.