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Friday, January 19, 2018

Working with Young People in the Digital Age webinar

A few years back, IFLS did a big project trying to get ourselves up to speed on new media, and how to help parents navigate the overwhelming avalanche of information and products.  One of the things we did was hold a workshop on the topic with a morning presentation by Erin Walsh.  Erin was AMAZING.  Thoughtful, interesting, warm, funny, and incredibly engaging.  

I'm so excited that she is going to be giving us another taste of her wisdom during the Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference on Thursday, January 25!   In this interactive and energizing webinar, Erin Walsh will use brain science, stories, and humor to explain how technology is changing the ways that young people grow up, socialize, and make decisions.  Erin will help librarians understand the key ingredients for thriving in the digital age and provide practical tools and strategies that help youth build on their strengths

For more on media mentorship, see the IFLS website!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Low Cost, High Impact Teen Programs webinar

One of the things I hear most often from librarians is that they are desperate for great ideas about teen programming, especially great ideas that won't break the budget.  As part of the Youth Services Track of the Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference, I'm excited to moderate a session with Jen Lemke, who will be talking about amazing, reasonable, and super-fun programs to engage a teen audience.  1:00 pm CST on Thursday, January 25.  Register here for that awesome session (which will be recorded)!  And remember that there are 19 relevant webinars!  Don't forget to check out the whole line-up.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Family Engagement Webinar Coming Up

Last spring, I posted a few times about the great new resource from the Public Library Association and the Global Family Research Project--a tool kit and a call to action for libraries to engage with families.  There are some really terrific and practical ideas in this tool kit for making libraries more relevant and responsive to the needs of families.  If you haven't done so, check out the resource, Public Libraries, a Vital Space for Family Engagement.  You won't regret it!

I'm so excited to report that we will have two authors of that resource as part of the Wild Wisconsin Winter Webinar Conference!  Margaret Caspe and Elena Lopez will join us (from opposite coasts!) to talk about the importance of family engagement and introducing some important things to consider when doing it, as well as highlighting some libraries right here in Wisconsin who are doing it.  Join us on Thursday January 25 at 2:30 Central Time for this practical webinar!  Register here.

There are 19 AMAZING webinars this year as part of the Wild Wisconsin Winter Webinar Conference.  The conference is sponsored by all 16 library systems in Wisconsin, as well as the DPI.  All sessions will be recorded, and all are free to access!