So at first glance, this hasn’t been a particularly successful grant project. And I think it’s important to acknowledge that not all grant projects are successful and that we shouldn’t let that stop us from taking a chance on trying something new with grant funds. While the program may not have gone exactly as I’d planned, the community still benefitted and I still learned a lot about engaging with my community.
Part of this grant process is to take the "Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries.Facilitation Skills E-Course" and I was lucky enough to take this course as part of a cohort with virtual get-togethers after each segment of the course. (The course is also available asynchronously and free of charge. I recommend it!) Taking this course greatly increased both my ability to host a facilitated conversation and my confidence and excitement about doing so. As a result of taking this course, I now feel ready to plan a community conversation about food. This new conversation ties in with adult and teen programming we’ve been doing over the last couple of years, and will also engage several community partners we’ve been building relationships with. Participating in the grant process was vital to being able to take this next step, so I’m so glad that I did!
We wanted to make sure to send along some tips and takeaways from our debrief sessions:
April 30: Programming
-Watch & Reads
May 7th: EDI
-Watch & Reads
Want to find these resources at a later date? Head over to our spring workshop page.
The Spring Workshop Fundraiser: Virtual Auction
Thank you to everyone who participated in the CSD fundraiser this spring. Whether you bid, bought, or donated, your support is greatly appreciated. The fundraiser brought in over $700.
What's next for CSD?
If you were a member back in 2019, you might recall our first Summer Reading Summit in the fall! We are planning on having a similar learning opportunity called the Youth Services Summit. We are unsure if this will be in person or virtual, but will very likely have a virtual component. Stay tuned for more info, and thank you for your support of CSD!
Join us for the Oregon Library Association, Children's Services Division (CSD) virtual spring 2021 board meeting. Here is the link to the Zoom meeting. We start at 1:00 pm PST and would love to have you join in the conversation.
Hope to see you there!
The CSD board
Welcome to your virtual OLA, Children's Services Division at the OLA Conference. Click on the crayon links to find out more about CSD. Click on certain leaves on the tree for a mix of fun stuff and great information.
Are you interested in impacting children’s library services and programming? Are you passionate about serving children? Do you know someone who is? Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for the OLA, Children’s Services Division Board. Work with your peers to make children's libraries a better place. You learn new things along the way. Email us to let us know your interest.
Summer Reading Chair: Works closely with OYAN Summer Reading Chair and State Library Youth Services Consultant to provide communication, workshops, and support for Oregon libraries’ summer reading programs. This includes sharing iREAD information, workshops, timelines, and updates. Coordinate Summer Reading fall workshop their second year in office. This is a two year commitment. Click here for a detailed job description. The position will start September 2021.
Communications/Social Media Committee Members: Committee members help create content for the blog and promote CSD events. This position would start immediately.
In the past, the CSD fundraiser was held during the spring workshop, an all-day, in-person event. In 2020, the Spring Workshop and fundraiser, scheduled for mid-March, were cancelled due to the Coronavirus lockdown. Today, we are hosting our first virtual auction fundraiser.
Auction winners in the Portland Metro Area may be able to arrange pick up instead of shipping the titles to you, especially if you purchase many lots. Please contact our incoming co-chair for pick up arrangements.
If you have questions about our fundraiser, please contact our incoming co-chair, Susan Cackler. If you are on a book committee and receive a large quantity of quality children's books, please consider donating them to CSD. Please contact our incoming chair to make your donation. Thank you for supporting the Children's Services Division!
A sneak peak video of the titles in the virtual auction:
1. The Spring Workshop continues. Our next watch & read is about programming in general. Click here for the content. Remember, you can watch or read any of the links, or none! These resources aren't going away so feel free to bookmark them.
2. If you can, join us for a debrief/sharing on April 30, 11 AM-1PM. The Zoom Link is pasted and highlighted at the top of the shared Google Doc.
3. The last in our workshop series, EDI in services, is coming soon! The debrief for that will take place May 7, 11AM-1PM.
Don't miss a beat! Stay current with kids-lib, CSD's electronic mailing list.