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Career & College Readiness Project: Apply to Participate

Rural, small, and tribal libraries can apply now through September 1, 2017 for the Association of Rural and Small Libraries’ (ARSL) and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) “Future Ready with the Library: Connecting with Communities for College & Career Readiness Services” project.

The ultimate goal of this project is to plan, implement, and evaluate a college and career readiness (CCR) service for the tween and teen middle schoolers in your community.

Types of eligible libraries include any one (not all three) of the below:

  • Small = any library with a service area of 15,000 or less
  • Rural = any library more than 25 miles from an "urbanized area" (as defined by the US Census) [see The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States]
  • Tribal = any library established by an Indian nation or a public library on tribal lands
    If you have a question about your library’s eligibility, contact Linda W. Braun, Future Ready at the Library Project Manager, at lbraun@leonline.com

Interested in applying? You can can watch a recording and view the slides and chat transcript of the July 2017 informational webinar.

Application due date: September 1, 2017.
Apply here

30 successful applicants will participate in a year-long experience that kicks off with a two-day orientation in Denver, CO, February 8-9, 2018.  Each of the 30 will receive:

  • funds to travel to Denver
  • funds for their library to use to hire temporary staff to cover their absence while in Denver
  • a stipend to purchase college and career readiness (CCR) materials for their library
  • a stipend to use towards a professional development activity, such as attendance at a state conference

Those who are selected to participate in 2017 will be in a cohort of 30 learners. Cohort members will have the opportunity to:

  • Hone their skills to support service for and with youth in the community
  • Create or expand services that specifically support the CCR needs of middle school students and their families
  • Advance relationships with community partners
  • Build relationships with colleagues across the country
  • Access customizable tools to support your specific community’s needs
  • Access resources just right for supporting the CCR needs of middle school youth and families
  • Attend a face-to-face meeting at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO in Feburary 2018
  • Build a small collection of materials to support CCR in the community with funds provided for by the grant
  • Attend conferences or other training opportunities in their local area to learn more about supporting CCR needs, with funds provided for by the grant

To learn more, visit YALSA's Future Ready with the Library FAQ.

Next year, ARSL and YALSA will also recruit cohort members for 2019. Sign up to receive email notifications about the project, including an announcement of when the next round of applications opens, via their online form.

Sources:
• ALA Member News: Rural, small, and tribal libraries invited to apply for college and career readiness project
• YALSA's Future Ready with the Library FAQ
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Free Webinars in August

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Webinars with a ★ are the ones I think you'll find most useful.

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Free Webinars in July

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Webinars with a ★ are the ones I think you'll find most useful.

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SLP Self-Care

If you're involved in your library's Summer Library Program, do you have a strategy to get through to August without burning out?

Whether you're in the midst of a four week, six week, ten week, twelve week or sixteen week program, Beth Saxton and Casey Chwiecko have SLP self-preservation advice for you over at the Teen Services Underground blog:

...summer can be one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year. In addition to managing the summer reading program and all its events, there are other things to contend with including staff shortages due to vacations, increases in visits and circulation, problems with unattended children, and staff negativity about all of the above.
It’s just like being on a plane when they tell you to secure your oxygen mask before helping others. You can’t do all you want to do for teens if you are running on empty.

Bonus: more good ideas from Marge Loch-Wouters:

Hat tip:
Summer is Coming!

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3 Scholarships for Conferences, Training & CE Events

Image Three scholarships are available to help pay to attend a conference, training course, or other continuing education activity:

George Bauer Memorial Fund Continuing Education Scholarship
Amount: $850
Application deadline: June 16, 2017
Open to WLA members who plan to attend a workshop, conference, or other continuing education activity.
Application form and criteria for eligibility

Gloria Hoegh Memorial Fund Education for Rural Librarians Scholarship
Amount: $900
Deadline: June 16, 2017
Open to WLA members who is a library employee working in a Wisconsin community with a current population of 5,000 or less, who plans to attend a workshop, conference, or other continuing education activity.
Application form and criteria for eligibility
Note: Gloria was the first Coordinator of the Winnefox Library System.

Wisconsin Small Libraries (WISL)
Amount: $400
Deadline: August 1, 2017
Open to anyone who wishes to attend the WLA Conference. Application form

Free Webinars in June

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Webinars with a ★ are the ones I think you'll find most useful.

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STEM Programs on a Tiny Budget

Emily Zorea's "STEM Programming on a Budget: Planning High Interest Programs to Engage Families and Youth" presentation at the 2017 WAPL Conference was great! Not only does Emily have tons of good ideas, but those who were in the audience shared lots of creative ideas too.

...  I try to plan all programs for $.30 a child, and usually less.
We offer STEM each month on the 2nd and 4th Mondays since September of 2016. This consistency has helped our numbers and brought new families into the library.
I think the main reason why our STEM programs are successful is because they always feature an introduction (10-15 minutes) where I & a guest speak about our topic for that workshop. Then, for the rest of the time (30-45 minutes) the kids and families are able to participate in highly hands-on activities to experiment with the topic!

Go straight to Emily's Kids' Stem Workshops post on her Sowing Seeds Librarian blog to find how you can do these programs:

  • Bridge Engineering with Newspaper
  • Float or Won’t: Boat Building
  • Marble Maze (Push and Pull Physics)
  • Marshmallow Igloos
  • Straw Towers
  • Toilet Paper Mummies
  • Bats in flight
  • Binary Code
  • KEVA Brain Builders
  • Bridge Engineering with Legos and Engino Pieces
  • Computer Coding with Scratch
  • Catapults
  • Engino Simple Machines

You can see Emily's WAPL presentation slides, too.

And go to Program Handouts to get handouts from these other WAPL Conference presentations as well:

  • It's Not Just the Facts, Ma'am?: Creating and Marketing a Dynamite Youth Non-Fiction Collection
  • The Myth of Work-Life Balance for Library Leaders
  • This is a No Hit Zone: Promoting Healthy Kids and Safer Communities at Your Library
  • Talk It Up! Non-Fiction!
  • Teach and Be Taught: Teens in Your Library
  • Care and Feeding of the Entrepreneur
  • Sound Learning: Read-Alongs Enhancing Literacy Development
  • Genre Fiction Roundup
  • Do You Have a Grief Section? Readers Advisory to the Bereaved and in Crisis

photo credit: Straw Tower Tennis Ball Challenge by Wesley Fryer, Creative Commons license Attribution 2.0 Generic

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