Literacy

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Education about consumer health services and programming can help public librarians stay current and develop new programs and services for their communities. This on-demand webinar provides an overview of educational programs available via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine about consumer health and specific health topics. These programs can help librarians get the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) credential, which brings an additional, recognized level of expertise to their libraries and helps them connect with community partners.
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This course is not currently being offered as part of this year’s course schedule; however, for groups who have 20 or more individuals interested in taking the course, we can offer it exclusively to your organization! Gaming at the library refers to board, card, role-playing, and big games, not just digital video games. In this YALSA e-course, we'll educate non-gamers about what games are and introducing librarians to the many formats of hobby that engages teens in the community.
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Join Monroe County (Ind.) Public Library to learn about Read, Discuss, Meet, and Act: The Power of Words, a community-wide reading and discussion program series featuring the graphic novel "March." The program was the winner of the 2017 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award.
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Fresh Start @ Your Library began locally at the Long Branch (NJ) Public Library, providing community reentry support to individuals returning to communities after serving time in prison or jail. In the fall of 2019, the New Jersey State Library, with grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and in partnership with the New Jersey State Parole Board, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Long Branch Public Library, and Free Library of Philadelphia (PA), embarked on a project to scale up Fresh Start @ Your Library.
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While most white educators would never describe themselves as being prejudiced, studies show that unconscious (implicit) bias is alive and well in educational settings. How can white educators, including librarians in school and public libraries, learn to not only notice their bias, but also act in ways that will promote and support racial equity? Join us for this important, and sometimes uncomfortable, conversation on how to address white racial bias and discrimination to create healthy, equitable learning environments.
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Best known for his groundbreaking picture book, The Snowy Day (1962), Ezra Jack Keats created an imaginative, encouraging, and multi-ethnic community within his books. Drawing from Ezra’s legacy, the Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) Award, first awarded in 1986, nurtures and honors our country’s multicultural population, boosting the careers of authors and illustrators whose outstanding books reflect our diverse population and in turn the lives of countless children and families.
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Graphic novels have proven to be an extraordinarily effective medium for literacy and learning. Discover how graphic novels have increasingly become recognized as a legitimate literary and how they have impacted the movement for equity, diversity, and inclusion. 
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Computational thinking is a problem-solving process often associated with computer science, programming, and coding. However, the universal ideas behind computational thinking—decomposition, pattern recognition, and abstraction and algorithmic design—are concepts most children’s librarians and early childhood educators know. By exploring the relationship between early literacy and computational thinking skills, library staff can challenge themselves to think differently about the ways their work supports the whole child.
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This webinar explores the structure and purpose of Adult Literacy through Libraries: an Action Agenda and the free companion online course; discusses adult literacy action plans and findings from a pilot library initiative; and shares additional literacy resources for libraries.
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Public libraries have long been leaders in bringing people into the digital world, providing programs and services that help patrons get jobs, gain knowledge, increase productivity, and engage with others online. Leveraging and strengthening existing library and community resources can help reduce staff burden and increase the library’s impact on digital literacy. In this on-demand webinar, a panel of digital literacy experts share tools, resources, and partnership strategies to help you enhance digital skill development among patrons and library staff.