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Friday, March 30, 2018

Great Opportunities for Learning at the Library!

Okay, that is a dorky title.  We all know there are great opportunities for learning at the library, I certainly don't need to sell you on that!  But I wanted to draw your attention to a few programs that will be held at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library to mark their One Book, One Community program.  A few of the sessions look especially relevant to librarians, especially given some of the challenges I have heard you are dealing with.

More Than Meth:  A Town Hall Meeting
Monday, April 9, 6-7:30 pm at the library
The Eau Claire Police Department, with  members of the Eau Claire County Methamphetamine Response Committee, will share information on the highly addictive drug.

Adverse Childhood Experiences:  Translating Evidence into Action
Saturday, April 14, 1-2:30 pm at the library
Decades of research has shown that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction, are among the strongest environmental predictors of poor mental and physical health.  This program will summarize the science of ACEs as a prelude to exploring how to translate the evidence into practices and policies that promote health and well-being.

For more information, check out the library's event page!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens, Free 2018 Downloads!

AudioFile Sync Audiobooks for Teens

From the OverDrive Blog:
Posted on: Tuesday 27 March 2018 — 08:48
By: Shannon Hunt, Training Manager
The OverDrive Training team is happy to partner with AudioFile magazine once again to bring you all the news and information you need to know about SYNC Audiobooks for Teens 2018, which returns this year on April 26th. SYNC is a free summer reading program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week, with a focus on pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. It’s the perfect program to encourage teens to participate in so they don’t end up wandering into that most dreaded of all places to be while they’re on vacation – the Summer Slide…

Join us on Wednesday, April 4th to learn more about the program, including how and why titles are chosen and paired together, how it works in conjunction with the OverDrive app, why audiobooks play an important part in teen readings habits, and what you can do to promote SYNC at your school or library. The webcasts will be co-hosted by audiobook experts, Michele Cobb, SYNC Program Manager, and Francisca Goldsmith, Sound Learning Librarian.

We’ll deliver two webcast sessions at 11:00AM and 2:00PM EDT, and registration for both is available at OverDrive’s Resource Center on the library and K-12 Live Webcasts tabs.
Questions about the SYNC program? Visit their website at https://www.audiobooksync.com/. Questions about the webcast? Contact the Training team at training@overdrive.com.

Happy listening!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Mr. Rogers Movie

I grew up watching Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.  Though he was the target of many jokes among my friends in high school, I remember truly loving Mr. Rogers as a small kid.  And as an adult, I have such a strong feeling of affection for this amazingly kind person who took children and their concerns seriously.  I couldn't get through this trailer for the new movie without crying, so I know I'm going to have to bring a whole box of tissues to the actual movie, which opens June 8.  Who wants to go together??