Using Pop Culture to Create Great Library Programs, new workshop!

For Immediate Release
Fri, 02/05/2016


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new workshop, Using Pop Culture to Create Great Library Programs with Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2016.

It’s no surprise that library programming is a powerful tool to engage patrons and keep them coming back for more. In this workshop, popular duo Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci, known for their successful workshop “Building Great Programs for Patrons in their 20s and 30s,” will enlighten and empower you to approach programming in a different way. You will get tips to invigorate your programs for all ages by taking cues from pop culture and fandom.

Emily and Katie will keep you on the edge of your seat while they share unique examples of successful programs where they’ve incorporated pop culture and nostalgia themes to appeal to a wider range of audiences. You’ll leave the session with several programming ideas and the knowledge of how to use pop culture to keep library programs timely, relevant, and updated with responsive subject matter, which in turn will keep your programs feeling fresh and new. You’ll learn how to use your library resources in exciting ways to put a new spin on programming all while continuing to provide value and a sense of community to your users.

Learning Outcomes:

  • New and timely programming ideas that you can implement today
  • Resources to help in the creation and running of your pop culture programs
  • Confidence to try new programming ideas to reach new audiences and expand your outreach

About the Instructors:

Katie LaMantia is a Teen Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She is a former teen advisory board member turned Teen Librarian and is co-founder of NextGen, a social group for people in their 20s and 30s. She has a personal and professional appreciation and interest in pop culture and has presented at multiple state and national library conferences about libraries, teens, and 20s and 30s programming. When not running teen programs, tinkering with technology, and finding amazing books for young adults, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities.

Emily Vinci is an Adult Fiction Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library where she co-founded NextGen, a social group for people in their 20s and 30s. She has interests in expanding library appreciation and knowledge of comics and graphic novels, as well as catering to hard-to-reach demographics such as the 20s and 30s crowd.  A pop culture fiend, she is always looking for new ways to incorporate popular culture into the public library. When she isn’t working, she can usually be found reading comic books, watching movies, or curating her collections of Jaws and Jurassic Park memorabilia.

Registration for this ALA Publishing Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

ALA Publishing Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

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