25 Ways to Build the Bridge between your School and Library

Wednesday, 9/9/2020
  • 12:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 11:00 AM (Central)
  • 10:00 AM (Mountain)
  • 9:00 AM (Pacific)

To support and empower the communities that we serve, librarians need to step out beyond library walls. With successful school outreach programs, librarians can create lasting networks and educate the community on modern library practices. Librarians are the bridge between schools and the library. Teachers and parents can’t do everything. It takes a village to raise a child. And part of that village is your local librarian. Participants will receive 25 ideas for programs and services that will help to build the bridge and close the educational gap between schools, home, and the library.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn to:

1) Orchestrate outreach programs that provide awareness of the library.
2) Conduct outreach programs that forge meaningful connections between the library and school/home.
3) Define ways in which outreach programs may connect to and support the mission, vision, goals, and strategic plan of the library and of the schools.

Who Should Attend

The target audiences for this program include public librarians working in youth/young adult services and school librarians.


Amy Behr-Shields is the Human Resources Generalist for Somerset County Library System (SCLSNJ). She previously worked as the Youth Services Department Supervisor for the Warren Township and Watchung branches of SCLSNJ. She received her BA in Spanish from Miami University in 2011 and her MLIS from Syracuse University in 2012.

Jessica Bauer is the Youth Services Department Supervisor at Hillsborough Library, a branch of the Somerset County Library System.  She received her BA in Psychology and MAT in Elementary Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2007 and her MLIS from Rutgers University in 2012.



ALSC is offering this webinar free of charge.

How to Register

Click here to register for this webinar.

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


Sarah Polen
Program Officer, Continuing Education