Message from Karla Palichuk, YRL Director.
This update includes information on:
- YRL Coffee Chat reminder
- Summer Reading Club (SRC) surveys reminder
- Transitioning Programming to a Virtual Environment webinar
- Stronger Together Conference: Oct. 1 & 2
- Tips for supporting anxious children
YRL Coffee Chat reminder
- Thursday, September 3, 1:30 p.m. Join us for our weekly coffee chat.
SRC surveys reminder
- YRL is inviting our member libraries to fill out the SRC 2020 survey to capture the unique work and how you’ve reached patrons during this time.
- The Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) is inviting libraries to fill out their brief survey about their summer reading program. If a program was not offered this summer, please indicate that in the survey.
Transitioning Programming to a Virtual Environment webinar
- Tuesday, September 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Are you wondering how to program during the pandemic? In this discussion-based session, we will be sharing our ideas and best practices for virtual programming in our libraries. In preparation for our discussion, please view “Transition Planned In-Person Adult Programs to a Virtual Environment”, a video from the Public Library Association (link emailed upon registration) that provides information on how to present virtually, how to integrate community partners into your virtual schedule, setting up online conferencing accounts for maximum security, optimal programming selection and how to support staff in shifting to a virtual environment. Register
Stronger Together Conference: Oct. 1 & 2
- The Stronger Together Conference planning team is excited to say we have over 500 participants registered from all across the world. The conference highlights six main categories: Public Libraries, School Libraries, Community, Library Trustees, Advocacy, and Fundraising. Registration is free and will remain open until September 28th. Attendees can register for as many sessions as they’d like and have access to the archived recordings, even if they can’t make the live viewing. Don’t miss our great sessions including four amazing keynote addresses:
- The Whole-Person Library: Meeting Lifelong Needs through Community Partnerships – Jenn Carson is an internationally recognized expert in physical literacy, an award-winning author and the director of the L.P. Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, NB. Beyond addressing basic literacy skills, many libraries are teaching financial, digital and physical literacy, as well as offering medical, legal and mental health services, in an effort to meet the needs of the whole person during the entire lifespan. Jenn’s keynote will address how libraries can lead with compassion.
- An Unorthodox Journey to the Published Land – Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of seven national bestselling novels, including his latest, Albatross, which was a number one national bestseller a week after it was published. For his keynote, Terry will be telling the story of his unusual, fateful and funny journey to the writing life.
- Whiteness and White Supremacy in Librarianship – Amanda Fernandez MI, MBA and Naomi Pavan take a systemic and structural approach to dismantle racism, with a focus on addressing and defining the root causes: Whiteness and White Supremacy. Their keynote will combine evidence-based concepts with storytelling, and will address equity challenges in librarianship on three levels: 1. Individual 2. Organizational/Leadership 3. Systemic/Institutional/Policy.
- Never Waste a Good Pandemic: COVID and Alberta Libraries – Margaret Law, Karla Palichuk and Ron Sheppard “Perfect is the enemy of good”, “the only bad decision is no decision”, “where is the opportunity here” were some of the common phrases that library directors across the province started using as library services shifted, and shifted quickly, during the provincial response to COVID-19. By the end of this keynote, attendees will hear what these three directors learned about themselves, their organizations, and what it means to manage and lead in ambiguity.
Tips for supporting anxious children
- Children experience anxiety in a number of different ways: it can be physical or psychological, they can explain it with words or they may have no language for it, it can manifest as a limitation in their ability to concentrate or it may show up through refusing to go somewhere. This Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute blog post contains five strategies to help children who are facing anxiety.
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You won’t get an update from us this Friday, but we’ll be back with another update on Wednesday, September 9.
Thank you, have a fantastic rest of the week and we hope you enjoy the long weekend!
Yellowhead Regional Library
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