Tickets: $75. Register now.
Spend an evening celebrating ten years of the ALA Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) supporting the best in arts and humanities programming in libraries across the country by attending this special fundraiser at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. Located on the University of Chicago campus in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, Robie House is considered one of the most important buildings in American architecture. Read more ▼
The evening includes transportation, a cocktail reception, and self-guided tours through the historic home. Guides from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust will be available to answer questions. Two separate tours are offered at 5 and 7 p.m.
After a busy weekend of meetings and programs, experience an architectural landmark and share a cocktail with colleagues. Busy programming libraries will be glad they made room in their calendar for this special event. Register soon before it sells out. Hide ▲
Tickets: ALA Member, $175; Student Member, $160; Retired Member, $160; Non-member, $200. Register now.
Creative Aging programs deliver professionally conducted arts education for older adults and answers this ever-growing demographic’s need to be engaged, social and creative. Increasingly important as community centers for learning and cultural access, libraries are ideally positioned to emerge as centers for this type of programming. Read more ▼
Join the ALA Public Programs Office and Lifetime Arts, Inc. for a preconference workshop designed to combine big-picture thinking about Creative Aging with the practical experiences of urban, rural and suburban library systems who are pioneering Creative Aging programs using the successful, affordable Lifetime Arts program model.
The workshop’s format will combine engaging talks by national experts in the arts, aging, and library services fields as well as structured roundtable discussions featuring micro working sessions. Participants will also get a sneak-preview of the Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries, a free, online resource to be launched at a general session during the conference. Hide ▲
ALA President Maureen Sullivan and Richard Harwood, President and Founder of the Harwood Institute, will lead a panel conversation with librarians about their experiences and the impact of using the Harwood practice in their role as facilitators of community innovation and change. Librarians trained in the Harwood method will share how they have been using the tools, their results to date, and the potential they see going forward. They will also address questions this practice raises for how to effectively engage their communities. The session will provide an update on this multi-phased initiative to provide librarians with the tools and training they need to lead communities in finding innovative solutions by advancing library-led community engagement. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Learn from the designers and administrators of Creative Aging in NY State Libraries: A Regional Model with National Applicability—an IMLS National Leadership project—as they share their experiences and best practices in implementing this innovative program model in major urban, suburban, and rural libraries. Creative Aging programming supports partnerships between public libraries and teaching artists and helps libraries respond to the growing demand for meaningful programming for an aging population. Session features the debut of The Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries.
The conversation about advancing library-led community engagement starts here. See how you and your library can help kick-start a new trajectory in your community. This session will be led by the Harwood Institute’s Carlton Sears and Aaron Leavy. Carlton is the past director at Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and a Harwood Certified Coach. Aaron is Harwood Institute’s Senior Manager of Learning and Knowledge Management. Together they will facilitate small table conversations among participating librarians using the Turn Quiz, one of the many Harwood tools that librarians can use to effectively engage their communities. Participants will also learn how to apply the Turn Quiz in their library and be introduced to additional tools and support materials that have been customized for librarians as part of the Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, which is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Think the Humanities are dead? Think again. Organizations such as the Library as Incubator Project and That Camp are mixing technology, art, and performance with the hero’s journey, attracting new audiences and elevating classical literature to the peak of social status. Hear from Princeton Public Library about how they are using their NEH challenge grant to make the humanities come alive through Sonnet Slams and Revolutionary Readings, and discover how you can reintroduce the humanities to a generation hungry for their timeless message.
Undertake library-tested, hands-on science activities and receive NASA space science resources, all developed specifically to enable you to easily infuse them into your programs for children ages eight through thirteen and their families. Hear how the Explore: Life on Mars? module of activities and resources is being used in library programming to transform inexpensive materials—such as craft materials, Play-Doh, and repurposed soda bottles—into windows to another world!
Many libraries want to introduce STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into their programming to attract new audiences and help stimulate patrons’ interest in science and technology. Representatives from established STEM learning initiatives, including the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net), NASA, and other organizations, will offer a variety of tested STEM resources and opportunities libraries can use. Learn new ways to engage in STEM on a national and local level through exhibits, activities, information networks, and collaborations. Join the STAR_Net Community of Practice aimed at creating innovative STEM programs in public libraries across the country.