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Friday, November 5, 2021

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ALA Seeks Applicants for National Policy Corps

The American Library Association (ALA) invites library advocates to apply online to join the fourth cohort of ALA Policy Corps members. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1, 2021. The Corps' initiative aims to strengthen advocacy related to key national library policy areas—ranging from broadband equity and copyright/licensing to federal funding and privacy and cybersecurity.

Learn more about ALA's invitation to join the Policy Corps.

The Children's Book Award Committee Wants YOU!

"""Are you an adult who loves reading children's and teen books? Would you like to critically discuss excellent youth books with your peers? If so, please consider applying for WLA's Children's Book Awards Committee (CBAC)! The CBAC annually bestows the Burr/Worzalla Award and Notable Children's Author/Illustrator Award upon Wisconsin's best and brightest book creators... The CBAC is looking to fill 1 vacant committee seat starting in 2022."

Applications are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Get more details at the YSS Blog.

Continuing Education

Apply for Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School

The Futures School: Discover the future. Create it today.The CT State Library is offering a three-day virtual professional development opportunity. The Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development's Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant #RE-250063-OLS-21 in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.  Sarah Fuller, Senior Program Officer at IMLS, referred to the program as “a game changer for librarians."

The application deadline for the Midwest Cohort is June 7, 2022.

Apply for Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School | Learning-Unlearning-Relearning Through Strategic Foresight

Grants & Scholarships

NEA Big Read Grants: Apply by January 26

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read focuses on "bringing communities together around the shared activity of reading and discussing a book" and supports approximately 75 community reading programs. Programs include author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book from the NEA Big Read library.

Libraries apply for funding through a grant program managed by Arts Midwest. Matching grants range between $5,000 and $20,000 and recipients are also provided with resources, outreach materials, and training on various aspects such as working with local partners, developing public relations strategies, and leading book discussions and Q&As.

Visit Arts Midwest’s website for complete grant guidelines and to apply. The deadline for applications is January 26, 2022.

Programming Resources


""Wisconsin Author Rochelle Melander Releases New Book

Rochelle Melander is a writing coach and teaching artist. She's the founder of Dream Keepers, a writing workshop for young people in Milwaukee, and she teaches at libraries, local schools, and museums.

Her new book, Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writingis a middle grade social justice book pairing life changing writing exercises with the stories of a diverse group of people who changed lives and communities throughout history.

Learn more about Rochelle and her book.
Collaborative summer library program newsletter

CSLP Newsletter, Program Manual & Product Catalog

Be sure to check out the October 29 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) newsletter. If you didn't receive it, you can subscribe to it here.

Youth Services librarians should have received an email from Benjamin Miller from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction with the CSLP 2022 Summer Library Program Manual and Product Catalog. If they haven't received this email (or a follow-up email from NFLS), please ask them to email Lori Baumgart.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Items in red were added since the prior newsletter.
Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

Introducing Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends from PLA
November 8

Mental Health First Aid Training
November 8

Just Do It, Now! Draft a Disaster Plan for Your Library from ARSL
November 9, 16, 30, December 7

From Collection to Action: A One-Day ‘Read Woke’ Mini Course with Cicely Lewis from Library Journal
November 9

Library Dementia Services from Niche Academy
November 10

Virtual is Here to Stay: Making Online Sessions Fun and Focused
November 10

Virtual is Here to Stay: Making Online Sessions Fun and Focused
November 11

Program Planning in a Pandemic? There Have Been Stranger Things
November 11

Library Marketing Plan Workshop
November 12th

Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
November 15-17

WLA Annual Conference
November 16-19 (Green Bay)

Supporting Formerly Incarcerated Individuals with a Fresh Start @ Your Library
November 18

Understanding Eviction and How Libraries Can Help
November 18

Grant Applications Due: Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage Humanities Discussion Project
December 1

CSLP First Annual Summer Symposium
December 2

Inclusive Entrepreneurship by Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference
December 2

The Myth of the Work/Life Balance for Small Library Directors
December 9

Passive and Drop-In Programs—Love that Journey for Us
December 9


PLA Conference Early Bird Registration Deadline
January 7

10th Annual Lake Superior Libraries Mid-Winter Unsymposium
January 14

LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience
January 21-24

Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
February 1-3

Library Legislative Day
February 8

PLA Conference
March 23-25

CCBC Choices workshop
April 1

Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting
May 5-7

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Project Start Date
June 1

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