Take ALA's Survey For a Chance to Win National Library Week Swag
ALA needs your opinions! Please take this survey to help ALA develop new tools to promote National Library Week, April 4-10, 2021. If you choose to share your email address, you will be entered for a chance to win some National Library Week swag, including bookmarks, a poster, and a tote bag branded with this year’s theme: “Welcome to Your Library.” The survey will only take a few minutes and all responses will remain anonymous.
Connect every Google search instantly to children's and YA books and authors. With the new TeachingBooks Book Connections extension on your Chrome browser, search for any topic, book title, series, author, or award, and find search results in the upper right corner that include:
Be sure to check out the latest reading challenge templates available from Beanstack.
This February, NFLS' Beanstack site will feature the Black History Month Challenge. Participants will learn about Black history makers, explore cultural traditions, and honor the evolution of Black history in America. From the Civil Rights Movement to #BlackLivesMatter, it is vital to understand our history so that we can impact our future - and complete activities and log your reading to earn badges along the way.
We've also added the 2121 Reading Challenge for those readers that like to keep track of their reading throughout the year and to mark progress over that time. Studies show that just six minutes of reading decreases blood pressure, lowers heart rate, and reduces stress by up to 68%. Just imagine if you read 10,000 minutes! Join fellow readers for a chance to earn badges all year long!
Don't forget about our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge, which encourages you to spend time sharing books with your little ones while building critical early literacy skills before they start school. Earn badges along the way to track your child’s journey! Simply log the books you and your child have read with this app, and this challenge will keep track of them for you!
Continuing Education Highlights
LAWDS Training on Use of Labor Market Indicator Tools
Learn how you can help your patrons improve their job search strategies using the Job Center of Wisconsin Labor Market Indicator tools.
Maura Kirkham of the Department of Workforce Development will be presenting two identical webinars:
After the sessions, the recordings and slide deck will be posted on the LAWDS website.
The LAWDS project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Thanks to Jean Anderson and the South Central Library System for their help delivering these workforce development learning opportunities.
ALA's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Training Calendar
A message from WLA:
"As we begin a new year, consider utilizing the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Training Calendar when seeking professional learning opportunities. The EDI Training calendar is an effort of the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), and includes registration options for individuals outside of a particular institution/membership organization. Additionally, the ODLOS email newsletter is a valuable resource for EDI and social justice news and events for the library profession (subscribe here). Lastly, if you are looking for an EDI expert, check out the EDI Speakers Bureau."
"This monthly tip is brought to you by the Inclusive Services special interest group (SIG) of the Wisconsin Library Association. Our goal is to promote inclusion in Wisconsin libraries by helping library staff, friends and trustees recognize and implement inclusive practices. The Inclusive Services SIG will provide support of inclusive practices through organizing and/or sponsoring continuing education opportunities and the SIG will reflect and discuss inclusive practices within the Wisconsin Library Association. For more information, visit https://www.wisconsinlibraries.org/sigs."