MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives
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MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives

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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.


Connect to the Future of PBS Books

PBS Books is helping libraries nationwide connect with their communities. Learn how PBS Books developed the numerous free resources available (book lists, programs, author talk videos for adults and kids, and more), explore our EDI content and ways to use it, and see strategies to connect with your PBS local station. Plus, brainstorm about how PBS Books can help you connect to the future and how your library might want to get more involved with PBS Books.


Beyond the Virus

The impact of the global pandemic on our children and what libraries can do to help.   


Besides Book Clubs: When You Are in Charge of Programs

Tired of storytimes, book clubs, and the standard library events? Spice up your programming calendar with unique activities and learn how to tailor to your community and build from your successes. But what makes a good program and where do your ideas come from? Who can you work with? For library staff just starting out to seasoned professionals who need to kick start their creativity, come break out of your box and join this interactive presentation.

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