Spring Institute 2021 Virtual

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Spring Institute For Youth Services 2021 Special Programming and Events

Cool Things My Library Sends To Go! 

Thursday, 2:20 - 3:00 pm   

Libraries were forced to close but that doesn’t mean they got any less cool, only more creative. The 2021 ‘Cool Things My Library Does’ session is focused on take-home projects and options for remote connections. Each Cool Thing features a short video and Q&A with the presenters.

Quarantine Corner; Ferndale Area District Library

Info coming soon...

Elissa Zimmer, Ferndale Area District Library

StoryTime to Go; Garden City Public Library

Storytime To Go Kits include stories, rhymes, songs and activities that caregiver and child can do together at home. Each kit will come with instructions to talk the caregiver through the best way to utilize everything inside. The kits will target ages 0-5 and will focus on the five major tiers of early literacy: read, talk, learn, sing, and play.

Kim Poma, Garden City Public Library

It's All in the Process: Open-ended Craft Kits for All Ages

From elaborate make and takes requiring a shopping list of supplies to utilizing the spare parts lurking in perhaps less than "kept" craft supply closets, take a look at the creative programming solutions that Center Line Public Library has tried in order to satisfy patron desire for crafting-related events. Topics covered will include resources for gathering craft ideas and techniques to involve staff in kit preparation, in addition to what we've tried... the hits, as well as the misses!

Wesleyan Johnson, Center Line Public Library
Mary Warr, Center Line Public Library

Trivia Party

Friday, 12:15 – 1:00 pm   

Join your MLA colleagues for a fun afternoon of trivia. Play along for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights. Powered by Crowdpurr.

1st place: Hardcover Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger AND Hardcover Rick by Alex Gino

2nd place: Hardcover Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

3rd place: Hardcover Rick by Alex Gino

Event T-shirt Fundraiser

Order a Spring Institute t-shirt at registration for $22 and MLA will donate $5 to the Equity Fund for every shirt purchased. Shirts purchased after February 19th may not arrive in time for the event.

The MLA Equity Fund is used for individual grants geared toward the professional development of individuals currently underrepresented in the library profession. This fund will reduce financial barriers and uplift the professional development for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, North African, and Middle Eastern individuals by providing resources to be used for memberships, attendance at workshops, educational events or conferences of applicants’ choosing, or for other purposes that they believe increase their ability to impact and transform the library profession.

Learn more about this fund at https://www.milibraries.org/mla-equity-fund 

Spotlight Sessions

Inclusivity At All Levels

Thursday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Ornery Teenagers: How to Compassionately and Effectively Manage Their Problem Behaviors

Friday, 2:15 - 3:15 pm

2021 MLA Youth Literary Awards

Mitten Winner Award sealYouPer winner seal

We are excited to announce the 2021 literary award winners and honor books of the Mitten, YouPer and Thumbs Up! awards during Spring Institute for Youth Services 2021. Our award selection work groups are comprised of Michigan library staff who worked throughout the year spending thousands of hours reading, reviewing and ranking hundreds of books to establish the top titles published in 2020, and now we are excited to announce our winners and honor books! Learn more



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