Please Make Me Laugh: How to Give a Laughter-as-Therapy Session in Your Library

Thursday, 9/10/2020
  • 1:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM (Pacific)

Laughter is increasingly being shown by science to be a temporary antidote against the distress of our modern workday.

This webinar covers both beneficial and deleterious stress, and how the later can be balanced by the application of healthful belly laughter. This 45-minute laughter-as-therapy program can be delivered in most public and YA libraries, to your patrons and to your library staff.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand and define the concepts of distress and eustress
  • Explain the importance of managing daily stress before it turns into distress
  • Teach a 45-minute laughter yoga in their respective libraries
  • Recognize the difference between Constructive and Destructive humor


Who Should Attend

Librarians who wan to aid their patrons and also their library colleagues in the management of daily stressors through the enjoyable practice of applied laughter


William Mongelli, Instutition Librarian at Massachusetts Correctional Institution, has taught inmate courses on legal research, consequential thinking, book discussions, laughter-as-therapy, character building, and library use for ABE/ASE students. 

He became a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader in 2015 and has taught on the laughter-as-therapy topic with the New Englang Library Association and the Correctional Educational Assocataion.



Registration rates are as follows:

  • ASGCLA members: $45
  • ALA members: $55
  • ALA student & retired members: $25
  • Non-members: $77

Group rate: $99 single login

*DURING THIS TIME OF COVID-19 RELATED LIBRARY CLOSURES: For purposes of group registration, ASGCLA will define a group as up to 20 staff from a single library system working remotely and logging in individually from multiple locations to participate in the live webinar broadcast. It will be the responsibility of the registrants to share the webinar login information with members of their staff who wish to participate

How to Register

Register Online

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Please ensure that you have internet connection. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat. 

For assistance for the deaf or hard of hearing, please send your request via email to Ninah Moore at by Friday, August 28,  2020


Questions about your registration should be directed to

Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA Program Officer-Continuing Education, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!

ASGCLA Transitions: 

Thank you for your interest in ASGCLA programming, more information regarding ASGCLA’s transition may be found here