Free CE and Training This Week – Mar. 2-6

Weekly listing sourced primarily from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time


Monday, Mar. 2 (9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)
Let’s Start at the Very Beginning: Storytelling Basics with

Storytelling…we all do it, and we all have to start somewhere, whether it’s fairy tales at storytime, teaching Texas folklore in history class, or simply sharing a family yarn at the dining table. Everyone is a Storyteller!

This hands-on workshop, presented by award-winning storyteller/actress/author Bernadette Nason, is to help stir your imagination, suggest ideas on how to improve your own abilities and those of your students and patrons, and give you confidence! For more information on our featured presenter, check out www.bernadettenason.com.

You’ll learn:

  • Beneficial purposes of storytelling and how to identify different types of stories
  • How to develop a story to tell it effectively for all ages
  • Storytelling presentation tips and techniques…and so much more!

PLUS: Earn 4 CE hours and enjoy a FREE lunch!

For more information and to register, visit: https://forms.gle/i9duwkxtZmBGisCj6


Tuesday, Mar. 3 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Mental Health First Aid – Adult (TSLAC – Kerrville)

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has partnered with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center (Hill Country MHDD) to provide free Mental Health First Aid training for Texas library staff, board members, and volunteers.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour class that gives people the tools they need to help someone who might be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA can save a life, just like CPR can help save someone who is having a heart attack.

Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/mhfa/texas


Tuesday, Mar. 3 (11-12 p.m.)
Supporting Teen Health Literacy: Resources and Programs (Washington State Library)

In this webinar, Aileen Luppert will present a program that teaches health literacy and supports the health and wellness of teens who are experiencing homelessness in Spokane County. Emily Hamstra will present free online resources for teens to use to find reliable information about their health and wellness.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx


Tuesday, Mar. 3 (12-1 p.m.)
Privacy-Centered Library Vendor Management (Colorado State Library)

Keeping on top of library data privacy is hard work in itself. When you add vendors into the mix, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. This interactive webinar will help libraries protect patron privacy when working with vendors.

For more information and to register, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/


Tuesday, Mar. 3 (1-2 p.m.)
5 Tips to Successfully Launch a Diversity Initiative at Your Nonprofit (TechSoup)

You’re probably familiar with the expression DEI: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. But how can you create your own DEI initiative within your nonprofit organization — and why should you? In this webinar, we will discuss the current inequalities in the nonprofit sector, the importance of diversity to effective nonprofit work, TechSoup’s diversity initiatives, and how you can embark on one of your own.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.techsoup.org/community/events-webinars/default


Tuesday, Mar. 3 (1-2 p.m.)
Springing Forward: Books for Young Readers (Booklist)

In this free, one-hour webinar moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith, representatives from Albert Whitman & Company, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, Running Press Kids, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing will introduce an array of exciting forthcoming releases for the younger set (approximately ages three through 10).

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars


Wednesday, Mar. 3 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Mental Health First Aid – Adult (TSLAC – New Braunfels)

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has partnered with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center (Hill Country MHDD) to provide free Mental Health First Aid training for Texas library staff, board members, and volunteers.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour class that gives people the tools they need to help someone who might be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA can save a life, just like CPR can help save someone who is having a heart attack.

Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/mhfa/texas

Wednesday, Mar. 4 (9-10 a.m.)
Presenting Data Effectively (Indiana State Library)

Every library collects statistics throughout the year, but are you doing more with them than just clicking submit on your annual report? In this webinar, we will discuss how to effectively present your annual statistics to your boards, Friends groups, patrons, and other key stakeholders. What should you put on an annual report? How should it look? What’s the best way to format your data? We’ll try to tackle it all!

For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/


Wednesday, Mar. 4 (10-11 a.m.)
The Healing Library: Responding to Trauma in Your Community Through Nontraditional Lending (Nebraska Library Commission)

An overview of The Healing Library and our free downloadable resources which have been downloaded almost 3,000 times since our launch in 2017! We create nontraditional lending kits for families who have experienced trauma and provide free pdf’s for libraries to create their own kits or, in response to requests from smaller libraries, we now offer kits for purchase. All kits include the following: A Discussion Guide, Activities Guide, Acts of Kindness Guide, Community Helpers Guide, Curated Book Suggestions with Discussion Guides, and How to Use This Kit Guides – for both families and lending organizations.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL


Wednesday, Mar. 4 (1-2 p.m.)
Libraries and the Census (American Libraries Live)

Most of our patrons will begin receiving their invitations to complete the 2020 Census in the mail starting March 12. Please join us on March 4th for a special episode of American Libraries Live where we’ll equip you with the resources and effective library practices you need to support a complete count. ALA’s Public Policy & Advocacy Office, along with our expert panel, will lead a 60-minute discussion followed by a 30-minute Q and A.

For more information and to register, visit: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/al-live/


Wednesday, Mar. 4 (1-2 p.m.)
Women and Girls: Gender Equity in Computer Science Education (National Girls Collaborative Project)

In honor of National Women’s History month, Karen Peterson, Founder & CEO of the National Girls Collaborative Project will highlight the challenges and opportunities of encouraging more girls across the country to pursue STEM activities and careers, and the importance of CS education in this process. She will be joined by voices from the field who will share information about their programs: Toni Robinson, President of Digital Girls, Inc. and Cathy Law, Director of the STEM Academy @ OSU.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/389ZgiM


Thursday, Mar. 5 (1-2 p.m.)
Time-Saving Templates: Where Grant Writing, Time, & Money Meet (Bloomerang)

Amanda Pearce will break down the narrative portion of grant proposals and teach you how to create a stellar template that you can use time and time again.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/


Thursday, Mar. 5 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Library Research for Water Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar focuses on how to discover information sources and products related to the topics of precipitation, water temperature, water use (water quantity), water-supply systems, surface water, groundwater, water quality, floods, droughts, and hurricanes.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar


Thursday, Mar. 5 (2-3 p.m.)
Cultivating Protective Factors for Safe Libraries and Resilient Communities (WebJunction)

Join this webinar to explore the ways the library functions as a “protective factor” and how to build community resilience through more compassionate and inclusive policies and practices.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html


Thursday, Mar. 5 (2-3 p.m.)
Serving Striving Readers (School Library Journal)

With the decline in reading scores among U.S. students, the librarian’s role toward enhancing literacy has never been more critical. Practitioners and literacy experts at the elementary, middle, and high school levels explore using graphic novels, street lit, and more to get students fired up about reading, bolstering skills along the way.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2I0Prcr


Thursday, Mar. 5 (3-4 p.m.)
Future Ready Librarians® Future-Proof Your School Library Budget: What to do if the cuts happen (Future Ready Librarians/Alliance for Excellent Education)

During this webinar, you will learn smart ways to engage the community in the face of crisis, and how to get organized across a district. Join John Chrastka from EveryLibrary as he discusses ways to prevent potential problems and to proactively position yourself if they come. If there is a threat to your position or budget – or to other school libraries or librarians across your district – know how to mobilize people to help you fight back.

For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/


Friday, Mar. 6 (1-2 p.m.)
Macmillan Library AF: Absolutely Fabulous picks (Adult + YA) From Winter, Spring, and Fall 2020 (Booklist)

Join Macmillan’s Adult Library Marketing team as they share their Absolutely Fabulous favorites from Winter, Spring, and Fall 2020.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars

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