Here's another reminder that the invitation really is meant for YOU. You can apply for the Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute here, by May 29!
Two years ago, I was lucky enough to be involved with the Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute, 3.5 days of intense learning and connecting for a group of 25 rural librarians who serve youth. The participants learned about a whole variety of topics related to youth services, and I believe that every single one of them left feeling energized, empowered, and better connected to the wider world of librarians. And in the years since, the group is still communicating with and supporting each other. Pretty amazing. Here's one telling comment from a past participant:
In the beginning of last year, I was struggling with stepping up and speaking out. I can tell you that I now have the ability to confidently share my ideas and concerns with my library board. I have learned to organize my thoughts and bring supporting reasons for them.
More comments available here. And did I mention the price for this Institute? FREE! I highly encourage you all to apply!