Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 4

Apr 3, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 4 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

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Thursday, Apr 7
Penguin Random House Spring Book & Author Festival (Library Journal)
This National Library Week, join Penguin Random House, Library Journal, and School Library Journal on April 7 for our Spring 2022 virtual book and author festival, a free day-long event celebrating reading, authors, and librarians everywhere! Enjoy a day packed with author panels and interviews, book buzzes, virtual shelf browsing, and adding to your TBR pile.


Tuesday, Apr 5 (11-12  pm)
Measuring the Impact of High-Leverage, Skills-Based Volunteerism (Blackbaud)
Skills-based volunteerism (SBV) – including pro bono, board service, and international corporate volunteerism – can generate outsized social impact through high-value service provision and capacity development. But how to measure the results? In this webinar event with True Impact and YourCause, you will learn how to practically quantify the effects to prove, and continuously improve, the value of your SBV programming.

Tuesday, Apr 5 (12-1 pm)
Homeschooling and Upcoming Series Nonfiction (Booklist)
Homeschooling is still a large part of many parents’ and educators’ lives. As the pandemic continues and many schools are working through hybrid learning, this everchanging environment has prompted many parents to take on a more direct role in their children’s education. But where can parents find the resources to help bridge the gap during these difficult times? Join Booklist for a free, one hour webinar that will help your patrons find books that will help boost students’ educational development. We’ll also learn what series nonfiction publishers have in store for readers this summer.

Tuesday, Apr 5 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries and the 4-Day School Week (Colorado State Library)
Colorado has more school districts on a 4-day school week than any other state–about 65%! This schedule has huge implications for public libraries. During this meeting, learn of examples of how some libraries are addressing the situation; there will also be plenty of time to share your own experiences, discuss challenges, and exchange ideas around this topic. If your library serves a school district(s) that is on or is considering going to a 4-day week, this meeting is for you.

Tuesday, Apr 5 (12-2 pm)
Black Mental Health & Healing Justice: Peer Support Training (Session 1) (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The Black Emotion & Mental Health Collective’s (BEAM’s), Black Mental Health & Healing Justice Peer Support training is a two-day, mental health literacy and healing justice training for people working, living in, and supporting Black communities.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (10-1 pm)
Learn How to Learn Online for Individuals (InSync Training)
Demystify the live online learning experience and virtual classroom technology in this interactive workshop.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (11-12 pm)
Lunch & Learn: Apps to Support Social-Emotional Skills (PACER Center)
Are you looking for ideas to help children or students learn more about emotions and interact with others? In this workshop, we will demonstrate iPad apps that can be used with K-12 students to support social-emotional learning and skills.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (11-12 pm)
Executive Directors Chat: Employee Resource Groups (TechSoup)
Employee resource groups (ERGs), business resource groups (BRGs), affinity groups, and diversity councils are all people-serving entities within an organization. They are formed by employees and serve the organization’s mission through a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens. Executive directors can expect to learn how to leverage ERGs at their organization for business needs, social networking, professional development, and community engagement.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (11-12 pm)
Using Analogies & Pop Culture to Teach Information Literacy (Lifelong Information Literacy [LILi])
April Sheppard will show how using analogies and pop culture in information literacy instruction can make class more fun for everyone! She will give tricks to help make library instruction and resources less intimidating while also showing how humor, the unexpected, and pop culture can alleviate library anxiety, lead to higher participation and success in information literacy classes, and foster deeper connections between library personnel and their learners.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (12-1 pm)
Weeding Tangible Federal Depository Collections (Federal Depository Library Program)
If you are new to depository operations or have a weeding project in the works, this webinar will give you an overview of the basics of weeding tangible material from your depository collections. The presentation will cover superseded publications, substitution of publications, the five-year rule, and regional discard eligibility. Also covered will be what steps your regional may take to authorize the discards, such as a “needs and offers” or withdrawal list and “eyeballing” the material. Learn why contacting your regional before starting a weeding project may save you time!

Wednesday, Apr 6 (12-1 pm)
Financial Literacy: Help patrons navigate the rapid insurance price increases of inflation (Niche Academy)
ValChoice founder Dan Karr shows how patrons impacted by inflation can save money on their car, renters and home insurance and find companies that provide the best protection and value.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (12-1:30 pm)
Your Natural Playscape Makeover!—Designing for Outdoor Play on Any Budget (Early Childhood Investigations)
We all want to create beautiful outdoor natural play and learning environments for our children but isn’t it expensive? Difficult? Out of reach for the average caregiver and center? “No way!” says natural playscape designer and author Rusty Keeler, “You can do it!” Join Rusty as he shares his 30 years of design experience to inspire YOU to dream and plan your own natural playscape makeover “in any yard, on any budget”.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (1-2 pm)
Hope and Resilience in Childhood (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
This episode will focus on approaches to building hope, amplifying strength, and nurturing resilience — in children’s communities, schools, and homes.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (1-2 pm)
Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Listen and Discover: Connecting with Community (Webinar 1)–This webinar series will showcase steps for building and sustaining a maker program in any library and introduces an ongoing process that incorporates, shares and values insights of the community. It is based on the Makers in the Library Toolkit, a practical guide created over three years in collaboration with a group of diverse libraries throughout California.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (2-3 pm)
Families & STEAM: Strengthening Relationships & Building Partnerships (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Family engagement in STEAM can come in many forms—STEAM nights, science fairs, family newsletters, etc. But how can you move into a deeper partnership with families in the service of STEAM learning? In this webinar, we’ll hear from practitioners and researchers who are working to deepen engagement with youth and their families to intentionally support equity in and access to STEAM opportunities. You will hear about strategies, examples, and current research, and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Thursday, Apr 7 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal regulations, including information about the notice-and-comment rulemaking process, the publication and citation of regulations, and the tracing of regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations, to the proposed rule in the Federal Register, to the regulation’s docket.

Thursday, Apr 7 (9-10 am)
Supporting Your Business Community using Gale Business: Entrepreneurship (Gale)
Would you like to get your business community more engaged with your library? Gale Business: Entrepreneurship covers all major areas of starting and operating a business including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting and taxes. During our webinar, we’ll explore best practices for getting the most out of this resource and finding ways to connect it with your community.

Thursday, Apr 7 (11-12 pm)
Attachments Are Where It’s At: Best Practices in Grant Attachments (Bloomerang)
Grant reviewers often look at a grant budget before they ever read the beautiful words you took hours to write. Are your attachments helping you get the grant or making it easy for a funder to say “no?”

Thursday, Apr 7 (12-12:45 pm)
Reducing Special Educator Stress and Burnout (Future Ready Librarians/Alliance for Excellent Education)
From coast to coast, teachers have expressed high levels of stress, anxiety, and have been leaving the profession at an alarming rate. In special education, those feelings and numbers are even more daunting. Yet, faced with the realities of the pandemic, many districts have been working to implement new, innovative approaches to supporting the health, well-being, and success of both teachers and students. Join us for this interactive webinar to see what some districts are doing to help special education teams!

Thursday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Application Programming Interface (API) (US Census Bureau)
Learn how to use the Census Bureau’s application programming interface (API) to quickly access data in a standardized way.  In just a few easy steps, you can edit a sample URL, save your results, and open it in Excel to get the data you need. This webinar will serve as an introduction to help get you started and get you familiar with how to navigate the application programming interface.

Thursday, Apr 7 (12-1:30 pm)
Achieving Equity and Quality: 11 Simple Rules to Build Thriving Communities (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join Judy Jablon and Nichole Parks from Leading for Children, and Lauren Carlisle from the Wyoming Learning Network to explore a of 11 Simple Rules – that establishes a new, equitable model for developing quality in early learning for children by elevating the wisdom of the critical adults in their lives. Using this framework supports equitable partnerships and cultivates communities where children and adults thrive.

Thursday, Apr 7 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (Candid Learning)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Thursday, Apr 7 (1-2 pm)
Whole Person Library Service (Infopeople)
In this webinar we will discuss what happens when you take Readers Advisory, Reference, Customer Service, Social Work and Community Collaboration and mix it all up in each and every interaction! You will learn what whole person librarianship is and how you can be your whole self. We’ll cover many real-life library examples and leave with actionable steps to provide resources and meet customers where they are without depleting yourself.

Friday, Apr 8 (1-2 pm)
Symposium on The Critical Roles of Libraries in Understanding Earth’s Biota (SciStarter)
Three thought leaders reflect on the central role of libraries in humanity’s race to understand and preserve Earth’s biota.

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