Position your library at the heart of community dialogue examining hot topics and issues of local relevance. Host events with residents, experts, and leaders to build consensus, solve problems, share resources, and foster collaboration.
This interactive and informative program will show you how your library can take its place as a community center dedicated to civic engagement for everyone in the community.
Participants will learn how to:
• Choose a topic for conversation that engages
• Develop a model or format for your style
• Recruit participants (individual and organizational)
• Determine the best venue for your events
• Effectively market the event to your community
Original broadcast October 15, 2019
Biography ~ Pamela Smith
Pamela Smith began her career as an elementary and learning disability teacher in Ohio. After moving to Virginia, she worked as a desk assistant at her local library. There she found her love of learning was a perfect match with the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) mission of “Inspiring Lifelong Learning.” She returned to school, earned her MLIS from Clarion University, and became the Assitive Services Librarian, fulfilling her passion for outreach and her need to ensure library services were available to everyone in the community. She has been with CRRL for fifteen years and continues to develop programs promoting outreach and community engagement, while serving as a Research Department Head and in her current role as Branch Manager. She also holds a BS in Elementary and Special Education from Miami University (OH).
Biography ~ Lena Gonzalez Berrios
Lena Gonzalez Berrios is a passionate librarian, dedicated to serving the community and promoting literacy around the world. She has worked as a professional librarian for the Greensboro Public Library (NC) as the Multicultural Services Coordinator, the SEED Public Charter Boarding School (DC) as the school librarian and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (VA) as a Youth Services Manager and Branch Manager. She is currently the Programming Librarian at the Montclair Community Library, Prince William Public Library System (VA). She is also the International Library Lead for e3kids International and is building school libraries in Kenya and Guatemala. She holds an MLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and a BA in English and Spanish from UNC Greensboro.