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The Quarterdeck, Part 3: Being in Command on the Oceans of Possibilities with Beanstack

As you review the administrative tools your library uses to manage services and programming, consider leveraging online resources to maximize your efforts. In the following interview, fellow library worker Kate Guynn explains why Beanstack was the best fit for her library. *** Question 1: What online tool are you promoting? Name: Beanstack Purpose: In March…

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The Quarterdeck, Part 2: Being in Command on the Oceans of Possibilities with Beanstack

As you review the administrative tools your library uses to manage services and programming, consider leveraging online resources to maximize your efforts. In the following interview, fellow library worker Crystal Swimmer explains how a reading tracker did so much more for her community than merely log activity. *** Question 1: What online tool are you…

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The Quarterdeck, Part 1: Being in Command on the Oceans of Possibilities with ReadSquared

As you review the administrative tools your library uses to manage services and programming, consider leveraging online resources to maximize your efforts. In the following interview, fellow library worker Rebecca Ivey explains how what began as a seasonal offering quickly became a staple in the library’s suite of services. *** Question 1: What online tool…

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Youth Services Update: April 2022

Upcoming Opportunities Descriptions below are provided by host organizations. TEENBOOKCON April 9, 2022 TeenBookCon 2022 will be a hybrid event—in-person with virtual access available—on April 9 at Davis High School in Aldine ISD. Attendance is FREE, but registration is required. This year, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from 16 young adult authors including…

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The Lighthouse: Feeling Safe on the Oceans of Possibilities

This summer, consider focusing on teen mental health by incorporating the following recommendations and resources outlined by Patrick Lloyd, TSLAC’s Community Resilience Consultant. *** Even before the covid-19 pandemic, many teenagers were struggling. Sadly, data collected well before the covid -19 pandemic indicates that most of us experience childhood trauma. For many, these traumas stay…

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The Diving Bell: Enabling Access to the Oceans of Possibilities

Well-defined, time-limited efforts like your Summer Library Program often serve as a rich environment for testing new services. This summer, consider expanding your support of patrons in your community with visual, physical, and reading disabilities by using the following strategies and resources outlined by Jaclyn Owusu, Public Awareness Coordinator for the Talking Book Program. *** Libraries…

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Youth Services Update: February 2022

Upcoming Opportunities Descriptions below are provided by host organizations. FREEDOM TO READ ROUNDTABLE Thursday, February 24, 2022 Join the Texas Library Association on Thursday, February 24th at 5:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. CT for a crucial roundtable discussion of censorship and tangible steps to protect the freedom to read. Voices from every aspect of…

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Youth Services Update: January 2022

Upcoming Opportunities NATIVE KNOWLEDGE 360°  TEACHER WORKSHOP SERIES January 20 – March 3, 2022 During this three-part online workshop series from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, teachers will be introduced to the intersection of Indigenous women artists and activism. Native artists will explore art from the museum’s collections and contemporary children’s books…