PLA announces webinars on book clubs for millennials, trauma-informed approach to library service

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/22/2019


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO – Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced two webinars to take place in November.

The first, Millennials Haven’t Ruined Book Club: Hosting a Book Club for Millennials, will take place Thursday, Nov. 14, from 1–2 p.m. Central Time. In this webinar, representatives of West Palm Beach (FL) Public Library’s book club for millennials—cleverly titled “Millennials Ruin Book Club”—will discuss how to start a book club for millennials, how to get them through the door, and how to keep them coming back. It will cover all stages of book club management, including planning, marketing, facilitating and sustainability. The presenters will discuss books clubs in non-traditional formats and settings—including the “no-required-book” model—and hosting the club outside the library walls, all with the goal of engaging an age group that doesn’t often engage with library programs. Learn more and register for this webinar.

The second, Why Trauma-Informed?, will take place Monday, Nov. 18, from 1–2 p.m. Central Time. The trauma-informed approach to library service presumes that every person who walks through your library's doors has experienced some degree of trauma or stress in their lifetime. In this webinar, members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force, all of whom are social workers in public libraries, will discuss how following a trauma-informed approach can relieve the pressure that results from managing difficult situations while creating an environment of collaboration and trust at the library. Learn more and register for this webinar.

For each webinar, the cost is $43 for PLA personal members, $59 for nonmembers, and $129 for groups.* Registration will close at 4:30 p.m. Central Time the day before the webinar.

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About the Public Library Association
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or