Congratulations to the Kewaunee Public Library on receiving one of the 11, first-round ALA Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) grants!
ALA has all the info you need to apply for second-round funding. Second round applications are due March 4, 2021.
Click here to learn more about this grant - and how your library can apply for future grants.
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Discover the power of connecting with your children's library professional.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has a new campaign called #LooktoLibraries. ALSC encourages parents and caregivers to look to libraries as they consider their options for the education and well-being of their children during a global pandemic and racial unrest.
In response to this rise in digital media use and other challenges posed in recent months, ALSC has compiled a suite of tools and resources to support library professionals in all types of libraries. ALSC's Look to Libraries in Times of Crisis webpage provides a host of free resources including tip sheets, articles, booklists, and other resources, including. . .
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Apply Now to Become a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization for the Affordable Care Act
The Public Library Association, in partnership with Community Catalyst and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are working together to inform communities about the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act for 2021. Applications are now being accepted to offer financial and staff support for public libraries to become Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDOs) for the 2021 open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act.
Click here to learn more about this grant opportunity.
Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), will help libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate crisis.
The pilot program project will fund film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries in 2020, and it will fund the creation of a suite of free programming resources about the climate crisis that will be available to all libraries.
Public and academic libraries are invited to apply between July 1 and August 28, 2020.
Learn more and apply here.
Free PLA Webinar
2020 Census: Last Chance for a Complete Count
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 | 1-2 p.m. Central
A complete count in the 2020 Census is essential to make sure that libraries and their communities don’t miss out on billions of dollars in needed funding, as well as political representation. However, nearly 40% of households have not responded yet, and the count is even lower among populations that have been undercounted historically. Participants in this webinar will learn how the Census Bureau, libraries, and community partners have adapted their operations and outreach in response to COVID-19, and how libraries can support a complete count before the Census ends in October. REGISTER NOW!
This webinar is co-sponsored by the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office and the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.
Following are the headings in the June 11, 2020 Libraries Transform newsletter:
Join ALA on Thursday, June 4, 1:00 - 2:15 pm CT for “The Library Community Moving Forward in the New Normal." This free webinar will offer insight and discussion with leaders from state, public, academic, and school libraries on the continued efforts and strategies to reopen library facilities across the country.
Attendees will benefit from hearing about preliminary results from the recent national “Libraries Respond: COVID-19 Survey,” and have the opportunity to ask questions and compare and contrast planning and guidance across the range of library types to inform your own robust planning and services
Facilitator: Patty Wong, Incoming ALA President-elect, Santa Monica Public Library
Ramiro Salazar, PLA President, Director, San Antonio Public Library
Jon Cawthorne, ACRL President-elect, Wayne State University
Mary Keeling, AASL President, Library Services Supervisor, Newport News (Va.) Public Schools
Jake Speer, State Librarian, Indiana State Library
Lucinda Nord, Executive Director, Indiana Library Federation
Presented by the American Library Association
Source: "The Library Community Moving Forward in the New Normal", American Library Association, May 15, 2020.
http://www.ala.org/united/forward (Accessed June 1, 2020). Document ID: 747158f3-a22e-4be0-8f40-d5c25c95364c
DC’s Wonder Woman will champion the power of a library card this September as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In the coming weeks, there will be free graphics starring Wonder Woman as well as media tools like a template press release, sample social media posts, and much more.
The free graphics and tools will be available on the Library Card Sign-up Month webpage.
Starting this June, GLBT Book Month™ will be observed by a new name: Rainbow Book Month™.
The month is a nationwide celebration of authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Visit the Rainbow Book Month webpage to download free resources to support the observance, including social media graphics and ideas for virtual programming and book discussion groups.
Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Expands Economic Opportunity
Apply now for $2,000 toward virtual workforce programming
The COVID-19 crisis has forced libraries to pivot into virtual services in lieu of face-to-face programming. Recognizing the critical role libraries play in supporting America’s workforce when millions file for unemployment, Libraries Lead with Digital Skills has expanded its initiative to offer public libraries $2,000 to provide virtual programming, outreach, and education to address the digital skills gaps of job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
Who should apply? Public libraries that want to start virtual digital skills programs or those that are interested in testing out new resources.
> > Click here to learn more in PLA's announcement.
"While our in-person NLLD 2020 was canceled, ALA is hosting a week's worth of advocacy training and activities for library advocates of all kinds. Typically, NLLD has a registration cost and specialized trainings, like the Congressional Management Foundation webinar, are available to ALA members only. During this critical moment, we are opening access to everyone. Our vision is that library advocates will have the opportunity to hear from each other, to train virtually, and to continue creating connections and relationships with decision makers at every level of government.
This is an unsettling time, but here's the truth: advocacy is more important now than ever before. This week of training aims to prepare us to take the leap forward, to expand our skillsets, and to pioneer new forms of digital outreach.
Knowing we are all balancing screen time with multiple responsibilities at home, the week is a "design your own path" program based on your preference and availability. Tune in every day between May 4 and May 8 for live afternoon sessions and complete advocacy actions when you can. All trainings are free and recordings will be available on our website through May 31."
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National Library Week is April 19-25, 2020
The theme for National Library Week (NLW) 2020, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen before the COVID-19 pandemic forced most libraries to temporarily close their physical spaces. Most people can’t visit their libraries in person, but libraries are still very much open for business. To celebrate that, ALA flipped the script a bit on the theme. “Find the library at your place” highlights how libraries are offering virtual services and digital content their communities need now more than ever. You are free to use any of the NLW materials with either theme. If your library plans to participate in NLW, please use the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesStrong to bring attention to the valuable role libraries are continuing to play.
The new “Find the library at your place” digital graphics and media tools in English and Spanish are available for download on the National Library Week webpage. For libraries that don’t have plans yet for NLW, or are unsure about how they can get involved this year, check out ALA's 20 Easy Ways to Participate in NLW 2020 tip sheet. ALA also has new Because statements that are relevant in our time of social distancing that can be posted to websites and social media.
Following are the introduction and topics in the latest Libraries Transform newsletter.
Click here to go directly to the Libraries Transform newsletter.
In these uncertain times, we want to provide content you find relevant and useful to your library and community. With that in mind, this month’s e-newsletter has been tailored to include resources for COVID-19 and stories about how libraries can continue to serve their communities during the crisis. If there is content you’d like to see in future e-newsletters, please reach out and we’ll work on it. We hope you find these resources helpful and also serve as a way for us to stay connected to one another. Stay healthy and be well.
Library-specific resource compilations
Many library organizations have compiled resources and examples for library staff and patrons.
Join facilitators Tessa Schmidt, Laurie Freund, Angela Meyers, and Caitlin Schaffer as we explore the needs of the youth we serve and how to apply Connected Learning theory into your existing programs.
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Location: Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay
Register at https://newilibraries.org/ce/ConnectedLearning
CE contact hours for the full day: 6.5
Connected Learning happens when a peer or adult can connect a young person’s interests and skills to real world opportunities. Whether it’s coding, cooking, or comic-con, libraries can easily nurture these interests through programming, and are well-positioned to connect kids and teens to future career possibilities through community relationships. In fact, most libraries are already doing this — they just don't realize it!
Creating a Diverse Archive: Lessons in Community Engagement from StoryCorps (Free PLA Webinar 3/25/2020)
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