Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of February 15

Feb 15, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of February 15 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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Monday, Feb 15 (5-6 pm)
Excellence in Nonfiction Celebration (YALSA)
Join us as we celebrate the winners and finalists of our Nonfiction Award virtually.

Tuesday, Feb 16 (12-12:20 pm)
Quick Bites – Sibling Care and Teens as FFNs (Colorado State Library)
How often do you see teens caring for younger siblings in your library? Youth caregivers are an often overlooked part of a community’s early childhood landscape. Join Kate to learn more about youth caregivers and how library staff can more effectively support them and the younger siblings in their care.

Tuesday, Feb 16 (12-1 pm)
Graphic Novel Showcase: Titles for Young Readers Coming this Spring (Booklist)
Graphic novels have been proven to help reluctant readers engage with more books, inspire creativity and imagination, and boost confidence in struggling readers (it’s no wonder we have #ReadGraphic fever)! Join us for our second graphic novel showcase to get the scoop on upcoming graphic novel titles for young readers from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Tundra Books, and Yen Press! Plus, we’ll hear from author/illustrator Cale Atkinson about a hilarious new book series!

Tuesday, Feb 16 (12-1 pm)
Getting a Seat at the Table: Ways to Become Irreplaceable at Your School (Follett)
Join award-winning Media Specialist Carrie Friday as she walks you through different ways you can advocate for school libraries in your own school, your community, at the district level and to anyone else who will listen. In this webinar, Carrie will show you ideas you can immediately implement so that you can change the perception of the library and your position, and start gaining some ground to be a library light for all to see.

Tuesday, Feb 16 (1-1:45 pm)
Beyond Virtual Facilitation: How to Maximize Engagement and Tackle Wicked Problems in Your Virtual Meetings (CharityHowTo)
Join us for a hands-on training where you will learn the virtual facilitation tools, tips, and tricks needed to build trust, spark ideas, and foster collaboration in your virtual meetings.

Wednesday, Feb 17 (9-10 am)
Engagement with Soft Skills: Using Board Games at the Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
For years now employers have identified ‘soft skills’ as one of the largest deficiencies of newly hired employees. These ‘soft skills’ generally encompass communication, critical thinking, leadership, problem solving, and teamwork. All of these can be nurtured and strengthened by playing board games. Libraries of all types strive to engage with their communities. By playing board games both of these two issues can be addressed. Join George Bergstrom, the Southwest Regional Coordinator in the Professional Development Office of the Indiana State Library, to discuss how libraries can help their communities foster these skills.

Wednesday, Feb 17 (11-11:45 am)
Boards & Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success (CharityHowTo)
Join Brian Saber to learn how to use his iconic Asking Styles to improve your board’s governance and ability to fundraise.  Learn the personality of your board and how it is impacting board meetings (especially today’s virtual ones), leadership, strategic planning and fundraising.  Understanding your board members’ Styles will make your board stronger in every way.

Wednesday, Feb 17 (11-12:30 pm)
The Enduring Copyright Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (United States Copyright Office)
This virtual event will highlight the Supreme Court Justice’s unique and lasting influence on copyright, from her notable opinions impacting copyright law and policy to the inspiration she’s given creators of copyright-protected works, including movies, books, operas, and more.

Wednesday, Feb 17 (12-1 pm)
Lifting Voices: Books Like Us: The Power of Seeing Yourself Reflected in a Book (Mackin)
Simon & Schuster editors and authors from the Denene Millner Books and Salaam Reads imprint share the moment when they were able to connect with a character that reflected their own personal narrative. Seeing themselves reflected in a book had a powerful impact on their sense of self and shaped the editors and writers they would later become. Moderated by Kendra Levin, Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Wednesday, Feb 17 (12-1 pm)
Designing Virtual Opportunities, Managing Remote Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
In this webinar we will discuss best practices for creating those opportunities and developing meaningful relationships with remote volunteers, including building and empowering remote teams, managing projects by letting go but not checking out, and creating a two-way communication plan to share the work of remote volunteers with the organization and share what’s happening at the organization with remote volunteers.

Wednesday, Feb 17 (12-1:30 pm)
Children’s Lively Minds: Life Changing Professional Development for Early Educators (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join Nadia Jaboneta and Deb Curtis as they share stories and approaches that transform teachers’ views of children’s competence and the profound importance of brain development and schema explorations during play. You will hear engaging ideas to work with teachers, using a variety of reflective tools and profound yet simple information, to help teachers really see children of all ages, and the roles they can play to enhance the teaching and learning process.

Wednesday, Feb 17 (1-2 pm)
What Most People Don’t Realize About the COVID-19 Slide (
COVID-19 disruptions have had a modest impact on students’ reading performance and a more significant impact on math performance. But is there more to the story? And what critical steps should school and district leaders take to get their students back on track? Get the answers in this research-based edWebinar for K–12 educators and education leaders.

Wednesday, Feb 17 (1-2 pm)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Jerry Craft and Robin Ha (Follett)
Join author/illustrators Jerry Craft and Robin Ha as they discuss the value of graphic novels for readers, common misconceptions about graphic novels, and the importance of diversity in this growing genre.

Wednesday, Feb 17 (1-2 pm)
Monthly donors are changing the world. How to find and keep more of them! (Nonprofit Hub)
Please join us for this session on February 17th, 2021 when Erica Waasdorp, President, A Direct Solution and Author of Monthly Giving. The Sleeping Giant, will show you 10+ ways to find new monthly donors for your organization, increase monthly donor retention and upgrade them to higher levels.  If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s the importance of sustainable revenue coming in. Funds you can count on, no matter what happens.

Wednesday, Feb 17 (1-2 pm)
Why Build a Course When a Job Aid Might Do? (Training Magazine Network)
What do cave drawings, assembly instructions, and recipes have in common? They are all job aids. Good job aids help people to be more successful in their work. How? By reinforcing learning, providing just-in-time reference material, and other types of guidance. Join Dawn Mahoney and Matt Pierce as they discuss why job aids work as well as a few tips for crafting better job aids. They will also discuss the various types of performance support tools you might consider when planning your content development.

Wednesday, Feb 17 (2-3 pm)
Serving Library Users with Mental Illness: A Crash Course on Controlling Clashes (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
This webinar increases your understanding of mental illness, teaches effective methods of communicating with mentally-ill patrons who are creating a disturbance in the library, helps you protect staff and patrons in rare instances of possible violence, and shows you how to locate resources you can lean on when necessary.

Thursday, Feb 18 (8-9 am)
COVID-19 Vaccination Policies: What to consider? (Indiana State Library)
Are you wondering what to consider in forming your library’s policy on COVID-19 vaccinations? This webinar addresses the legality of mandatory vaccine policies during a pandemic and examines the pros and cons of such policies to help you determine which type of COVID-19 vaccine policy to propose to your board.

Thursday, Feb 18 (11-12 pm)
How to Build Trust and Connection Online (Charity Village)
Do you feel disconnected from your clients & team when communicating online? Is it taking longer to build a connection and establish trust with the people you interact with? You aren’t alone. Learn how a few simple changes in your online communication habits will promote incredible results from your team, students and clients.

Thursday, Feb 18 (12-1 pm)
Digital Wellness in a Remote First World – Yes, There’s an App for That! (Bloomerang)
As our reliance on technology increases, so do our levels of stress and burnout. But it doesn’t have to be this way. While technology can disrupt our work and life, when used intentionally, it can also help us be healthier, more mindful, and more productive. No matter your position at your organization or whether you work remotely, this fun session will unpack what digital wellness is and highlight the latest apps that can help you be more mindful and create and sustain greater well-being in your life and work in a remote first world.

Thursday, Feb 18 (12-1 pm)
Grant Writing in 2021: What’s Different and What’s the Same? (TechSoup)
During this webinar, we will discuss trends in giving, what has changed, and what remains the same so we can weather the storm and continue providing important, mission-driven services.

Thursday, Feb 18 (1-2:30 pm)
Envisioning Future Library Experiences: Service Design Techniques for Responsive Libraries (WebJunction)
The second in a two-part webinar series, this session will expand on design principles applied by case study libraries, who have been working with the design teams. The case study participants will share how they took learned design techniques to brainstorm future services for their communities. The goal is to demonstrate concepts and relevant applications to help envision how you might improve your library’s capacity to bring joy, vibrancy, learning experiences, and innovative opportunities to the community!

Thursday, Feb 18 (2-3 pm)
Double Take: “Why Was This Picture Made?” (Library of Congress)
When examining pictures of the past, sometimes asking the question of “Why?” leads one down an unexpected path. In this session, Sara Duke, Curator of Popular & Applied Graphic Art, will invite participants on an exploration of an image from the Library’s collections, with that question in mind.

Thursday, Feb 18 (2-3 pm)
Getting a Foot in the Door: Building Curriculum Bundles (Cherry Lake Publishing Group)
This free webinar for librarians will discuss how to get resources into the hands of those who need them. Specifically we will explore: Taking initiative and communicating with Teachers; Instructional menus; Building out sample curriculum bundles; Group activity to practice what you’ve learned.

Saturday, Feb 20 (9-10 am)
Tech for Girls Club : Code a Ping Pong Game (PACER Center)
In this virtual Tech for Girls workshop, participants will use Scratch to code their own ping pong game. Girls will learn how to code sounds, movement and point scoring to their game. No coding experience required. Zoom access links for this workshop will be emailed to participants the week of the virtual meeting.

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