MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives
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MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives

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Lightning Bolt on a galaxy backgroundRethinking Summer Reading: Experience vs the Numbers

Reading is not a competitive sport. However, every year we approached Summer Reading as if the person with the most tracked pages, or minutes, or books somehow ”won” over other readers.  Did more people read as a result?  Did we engage new readers?  Did we alienate slow readers?  Brandon Township Public Library decided to try a new approach by prioritizing reading experiences over numbers. Join us for a step-by-step guide on how the program was conducted, complete with statistics.  Find out if this new approach succeeded or if we have to go back to the drawing (reading) board for 2022.


Lightning Bolt on a galaxy backgroundBees in the D: What's the BUZZ About?

Learn from Brian of Bees in the D about how your library could host a hive or add pollinator education to your programming. Bees in the D is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a cooperative effort between residents, schools, organizations, and businesses in the city of Detroit and Southeast Michigan to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and native pollinators, and the education of their importance to our environment.


Using MeL Connections for Adult Programming

Get to know MeL Connections for Adult Programming, a guide to using MeL eResources to support virtual and in-person programming. Attendees will explore the benefits of using eResources to design and implement a wide range of "How to MeL" programs and develop a draft plan using the template provided within the guide.


Impact Programming: Systems Change (Expungement and Adult Literacy)

Would you like your library to help make lasting changes in your community but don't know where to start? Jackson District Library offers a case study on systems change, and how they created two services intended to impact people for the rest of their lives; the adult literacy service they started in 2019, and the expungement help service that they launched in 2020 ahead of the 2021 Clean Slate legislation. Systems change is an intentional process designed to alter the status quo. Learn how they worked with community partners to launch these services, the cost and funding of the services, and how it impacted the patronage of the library.  


Creating Community Connections for School Readiness

Parents can help kids build school readiness skills in restaurants, parks, stores...anyplace families go. How do you connect with non-library users to get the word out? Through community partnerships! Learn how we used community partners to let parents know about TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten, now available across Michigan. Get tips and tools to partner with doctors, government agencies, and businesses to connect parents to the library and be an early literacy leader in your community.

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