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Friday, March 19, 2021

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The Cooperative Children's Book Center Releases CCBC Choices

CCBC Choices 2021"This article originally appeared in the March 16, 2021, issue of DPI-ConnectEd.

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center, a part of UW Madison - School of Education and partially supported by the Department of Public Instruction, recently released their CCBC Choices best-of-the-year list in a virtual format this year.

Librarians of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center are recommending 257 books published in 2020, out of the nearly 3,000 books they received."

Libraries Transform Newsletter

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Continuing Education Highlights

Census Data Literacy

Data that Counts: Intro to Census Data for Public Libraries

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 1-2 p.m. Central
Libraries were central to helping people be counted in the 2020 Census. Now, learn how to make the data count for your library and community!

This free webinar will introduce you to the important role that public libraries can play in assisting individuals, groups, and organizations with finding, accessing, and using census data for planning and decision-making. Resources and tools for searching basic census sources will also be covered.

You will hear from librarians who have offered data literacy programs at their libraries to reach multiple audiences, including small businesses and entrepreneurs, local historians, students, and nonprofits and government agencies. REGISTER NOW!

Grant Opportunities

Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture Grant

"Each year the American Indian Library Association and Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association team up to offer a total of 4 grants worth $750 each to encourage libraries, schools, and community organizations who serve Asian American, Pacific Islander American, and/or American Indian children and families to conduct intergenerational programs to celebrate the cultural heritage of their communities.

The deadline to apply is coming up on April 1st, and in light of the current pandemic, there is some flexibility on how the grant money can be used this year."

Get more information about the grant here.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

How to Respond to Anti-Asian/American Harassment When it Happens to You from Hollaback
March 19

Elements of Empowerment Conference
March 23-24

Inclusive Data and Community Engagement: New Roles for Libraries to Shape Knowledge Creation and Use
March 24

Strengthening Communities: Food Access at Your Library
March 24

Bystander Intervention in the Workplace to Stop Race-Based Harassment: How to Show Up for Others
March 24

Foster an Inclusive Culture for Your LGBTQ+ Staff and Partners
March 24

Rethinking how we measure the impact of libraries (Discussion) from Bibliotheca
March 24

BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness (Symposium)
March 24-26

Free but Not Cliché: Visual Resources for Everyone
March 25

CCBC Webinar: Great New Books for Older Children & Teens
March 25

Weathering the Storms of Change: Rebounding from Disruptive Life Challenges
March 25

More than Resiliency: Taking Care of Library Workers in Moments of Crisis
March 25

Titles for Tough Times: How Books can Help Educators Support Socio-Emotional Learning from Booklist
March 25

Civic Engagement in Action
March 25-26

Power Up 2021 Conference
March 25-26 (Madison)

Proposals Due for Support Staff & Circulation Services One-Day Conference
March 26

WAPL Registration Opens
March 26

Registration DEADLINE for (April) Streamline for Success:
Library Programs & Services Reboot

March 29

Libraries and Workforce Development: Connecting the Dots between Your Patrons and Public Policy
March 30

Overcoming Zoom Fatigue
March 30

Qualitative Data Analysis with Taguette
March 30

Break Barriers:  Get Kids Thinking Critically About Bias from BookList
March 30

Strong Women & Girls from BookList
March 31

Data that Counts: Intro to Census Data for Public Libraries
April 6

Streamline for Success: Library Programs and Services Reboot
Session 1: April 6 or 7
Session 2: April 20 or 21

Prejudice: Responding to Prejudicial Comments from Customers
April 8

Partnering through the Pandemic to Reach Patrons
April 13

Mental Health First Aid and Trauma-Informed Approaches for Libraries
April 13

Health Information Online:  Finding Information You Can Trust--Train the Trainer (Webinar)
April 14 PART ONE  Register here
April 15 PART TWO Register here

Digital Backpack Workshops: Adapting to Student Needs
April 27

Smart Spaces are Community Places
April 27

Managing Digital Content Over Time: An Introduction to Digital Preservation (3-Session Course)
April 27, May 4, May 11

Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Celebration
April 28

WAAL Virtual Conference
April 29-30

WAPL Annual Conference
May 4-7

Library Journal's Day of Dialog
Mary 6

Support Staff & Circulation Services One-Day Conference
May 27

Virtual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2021: Mapping Our Identity
June 11

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