Public Library Association

Learn how to better serve your Spanish speaking community in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how you can move beyond the basic Bilingual Storytime and ESL program to serve your Spanish speaking community. “Beyond Bilingual Storytime and ESL: Digging Deeper into Your Spanish Speaking Community” will take place on October 5 at 1:00 p.m. Central.

Coaches announced for 2017 PLA Leadership Academy in Portland, Ore.

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce the full roster of coaches for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 20-24, 2017, in Portland, Ore. These experienced public library leaders and city managers will provide attendees with professional insight and support, with one coach for every four attendees.

Coaches include:

PLA now accepting nominations for nine service awards and grants

CHICAGO – Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for details on each award and nominate yourself, your colleague or your library through Dec. 5, 2016.

The awards include:

Registration open for PLA 2016 post-conference webinar series

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) 2016 Conference was an extraordinary learning experience for public librarians, with over 8,000 attendees and more than 100 educational sessions presented. If you weren’t able to make it to Denver this year or missed out while you were there, PLA has taken three of the top sessions from the conference and transformed them into live, one-hour webinars.

New report on family engagement in public libraries from Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association

CHICAGO — A new report, Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement, released by Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association issues a call to action for libraries to strengthen their efforts to engage families in children’s learning.