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Learn how to engage teen parents in early literacy practices in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – The Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) initiative has provided a powerful toolkit for introducing parents to early literacy practices. When those parents also happen to be teenagers, it helps to take a fun-yet-thoughtful approach to programming. Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn reliable, time-tested methods for reaching the teen parent population and introducing the Five Practices in a way that is simple, straightforward, and highly interactive.

Free advocacy training curriculum now available for public libraries

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce that the advocacy training curriculum Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities is now available online. This training curriculum is an updated version of Turning the Page that was developed for library associations and networks around the world, with input from the Public Library Association and other grantees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative.

Arianna Huffington Announced as Speaker for PLA 2016 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce Arianna Huffington, the chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of 14 books, as an Adult Author Lunch Speaker at the PLA 2016 Conference, April 5-9 in Denver.

PLA now accepting proposals for 2016 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting program proposals showcasing public library practices and innovations for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 23–28, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.

Making archives come alive for public libraries and their communities

CHICAGO — Librarians and archivists across the country are developing innovative ways to bring library users into new relationships with archival professionals and research collections. From social archives and citizen cartography to artist-curators and photovoice projects, special collections departments are demonstrating their value not only for preservation but also for outreach, education and public service.

Learn how to manage and engage public library volunteers in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn about skilled volunteerism and how it can help to build capacity in your library. “From Management to Engagement: Skilled Volunteers in Public Libraries” will take place at 1 p.m. Central on July 22. During this webinar, participants will hear from libraries who have been participating in the "Get Involved: Powered by Your Library" volunteerism initiative.

Upcoming PLA webinar series explores how libraries can better understand and serve those experiencing homelessness

CHICAGO – In January of 2014, there were 578,424 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. As homelessness increases, so does the significant intersection between homelessness and library service. Join the Public Library Association (PLA) for a two-part webinar series, “Understanding and Serving People Experiencing Homelessness: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Library Service” beginning June 3.

ALA 2015 Annual Conference programs to help libraries lead positive community change

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Libraries are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA) will offer a series of free learning sessions at its 2015 Annual Conference that will help libraries leverage their trusted position in the community to engage people on issues that matter. This is the last time these sessions will be offered at an ALA national conference.

PLA members elect Thomas as president-elect; Brown Lawson and Millsap to board

CHICAGO — Felton Thomas, Jr., director of the Cleveland Public Library (CPL), has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). Thomas acknowledged, "I am very honored to serve our public libraries, and humbled to have been elected PLA president-elect. Public libraries have transformed my life and I welcome the opportunity to work with so many folks at PLA, who continue to advance the transformation of public library service."

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

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