Continuing Education News

Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community

Learn about the challenges and benefits of reaching out to serve the Spanish speaking community and increasing their access to public library computers and resources. There will be a presentation about Hispanic/Latino culture, behavior and values; how we learn about the culture; and how that culture impacts our behaviors and perceptions. Plus, it’s about developing a plan to serve, and more. This workshop is for all library staff.

April 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Kankakee Public Library

201 E. Merchant St, Kankakee

Phone: 815-939-4564

Registration is free at L2:

Note:  Please plan to bring or to purchase your lunch.

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This event is sponsored by the Illinois State Library.

Streaming of Book Talker and Columnist Kathleen Baxter February 28

Special Offer to RAILS Libraries - Do you want to know about nonfiction books that will get kids excited about reading?

Dynamic School Library Journal book talker and columnist Kathleen Baxter will speak about books that appeal to kids on Friday, February 28 at Gail Borden Public Library for the Kane County Regional Office of Education Institute Day. Live Streaming of the first hour of her presentation will be held from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. via the Gail Borden YouTube Channel (no password required).
Kathleen has graciously approved of this streaming that will contain lively descriptions of a plethora of exciting non-fiction books such as, Why You Shouldn't Eat Your Boogers. For those who have seen her present at conferences, Gail Borden Public Library assures us that you will be entertained and informed.

Four Free Webinars: Cutting Edge Ideas for Public Librarians

Please join Dominican University GSLIS for a series of four free webinars this spring, "Cutting Edge Ideas for Public Libraries." Please share this opportunity with your public library students and colleagues! Attendees can jump-start innovation at the library and convene fellow staff to participate as a group brainstorming each idea to adapt to any library's needs. See, hear, and ask questions of the innovators themselves in this provocative series:

  *   "Reorganizing Reference for Maximum Community Impact"<> presented by Jason Kuhl, executive director of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Thurs. 3/27/14, 10-11 a.m. CST.
  *   "A Nature Classroom at the Library for Early Childhood Development" <> presented by Erin Francoeur, director of the Finney County Public Library in Garden City, Kansas. Thurs. 4/10/14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. CST.
  *   "Chasing (and Catching) New Public Library Patrons"<> presented by Jamie LaRue, former director of the Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Colorado. Thurs. 4/24/14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. CST.
  *   "Partnering for Community Economic Development" <> presented by Jim Cook, director of entrepreneurship and innnovation at Arizona State University and Michael Beck, adult services coordinator at the Scottsdale Public Library in Scottsdale, Arizona. Thurs. 5/8/14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. CST.

All series webinars are free to attend, but registration is required.

Webinars will take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m. CST in Blackboard Collaborate. System requirements may be found here<>. Approximately one week ahead of time, the link to participate will be emailed to registrants. Please be sure to test your system requirements ahead of time, and log in early on the day of the event to allow time to troubleshoot if necessary.

We look forward to "seeing" you online this spring!

World Languages Networking Group Meeting - February 26, 2014

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:00am until noon

Where: Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL 60069, 847-634-3650

Anyone involved in world language collection development is welcome to attend.

The topic of this meeting will be Chinese Language Collection Development and Promotion.

We will be chatting via Skype with Maria Fung from the New York Public Library, a native Chinese speaker and expert in collecting Chinese material. Vendor Annie Wang of Booklinx in Lisle, Illinois will be present at our meeting.

Please RSVP to Gina Sheade at the Vernon Area Library via email at gsheade [at] vapld [dot] info or by phone at 847-634-3650, ext. 422.