MackinVIA School eBook Collection Training for School Library Staff
Arrowhead Library System Headquarters
October 15, 2:00-4:00pm & October 28, 2:00-4:00pm
Training to use the newly launched MackinVIA School ebook collection purchased by ALS. When you register, please select which session you will be attending.
The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities
October 14
10:00am-5:00pm EDT
Virtual conference that will focus the attention of library professionals on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries and their communities. Participants will engage in a dynamic day-long conversation about our shared digital future. We’ll explore how libraries connect communities like no other institution and demonstrate how libraries leverage digital tools to facilitate and strengthen connections among classrooms and communities around the globe. Register
Boundless Libraries: A Look at the 2015 New Landmark Libraries
September 29
3:00pm ET
Use them as prototypes for your next building project or treat them as think tanks for great design ideas that will support your libraries are today and provide a glimpse into the library of the future. The Landmarks, named by a team of 6 expert judges from a national pool, represent forward-thinking libraries that provide a gateway to learning, a public space open to all, and a place for discovery. Register
Brainfuse Workshops for ALS Member Libraries
Arrowhead Library System Headquarters
September 30, 9:30-11:30am & October 1, 1:30-3:30pm
ALS is hosting two hands-on Brainfuse workshops for all member library staff and you’re invited! Diane Weltzer from Brainfuse will be presenting a two-hour workshop focusing on the two databases available to ALS patrons and students—HelpNow and JobNow. Register
Book to Action: putting words into action
October 6
12:00pm Pacific
Civic engagement programming is an exploding area of library service, and community-building is high on the list of priorities for 21st-century libraries. If you’ve been wondering how to get started in these crucial areas, this webinar is for you. Book to action is an inspirational program that builds on the book group idea to their community and enlist a partner agency to create a volunteer activity that addresses the topic. The book’s author is invited to speak and then the community is invited to participate in the volunteer activity.
How to protect the freedom to read in your library
September 29
11:00am CDT
What do you do when a patron or a parent finds a book in your library offensive and want to take it off your shelves? How do you remain sensitive to the needs of all patrons while avoiding banning a title? How can you bring attention to the issue of book banning in an effective way? In this 1-hour webinar, three experienced voices will share personal experiences and tips for protecting and promoting the freedom to read. Register

Romantic Sounds: The Art of Narrating Audiobooks of the Romance Genre
September 22
2:00pm Eastern
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where expert audiobook narrators Amanda Leigh Cobb, Johanna Parker, and Thérèse Plummer will discuss the preparation, recording, and listening experience of romance titles. Discover how their processes change as the subject matter fluctuates from sweet to sexy. Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories of how their work affects both those in the recording studio and those in their personal lives. Finally, explore some highlights of recent and upcoming titles from Recorded Books. Moderated by Booklist Audio editor Joyce Saricks. Register
North Shore Readers and Writers Festival
Full Festival Pass: $395 for non-members, $370 for members
Individual Workshops: $65 for non-members, $60 for members
Individual Craft Seminars: $33 for non-members, $30 for members
Special Events: $10
November 5-8
The community of Grand Marais has long been known for its love of the arts, including the written word, and for providing of inspiration and retreat for writers and artists. Celebrate the literary arts with four days filled with workshops, readings, panel discussions, and more. Readers and writers alike will find a multitude of opportunities to learn and engage with words. Get a Registration by calling 218-387-2737. Registration Deadline October 22.
Ebooks, Patrons, Libraries, and Consortia
September 22
1:00pm Central Time
Greg Pronevitz, executive director of the Massachusetts Library System and stakeholder in a statewide ebook platform servicing over 400 libraries, will discuss consortial ebook platforms and their history, present, and plans for the future among library consortia. Our patrons who have patience have grown accustomed to state-of-the-art library platforms and can navigate the maze of links and authorizations required to check out ebooks. Those without patience buy their ebooks from commercial providers. Greg believes that libraries can succeed in serving current ebook patrons and many new ones as the years go by if they work together. Register
Challenging Behaviors in Young Children: What to Do When Nothing Else Works
September 29
2:00pm ET
There is widespread concern over the increasing frequency of challenging behaviors being exhibited by young children. The number of young children in preschool with challenging behaviors is one of the leading concerns of teachers, administrators and parents. This dynamic webinar will focus on providing participants with knowledge of effective and appropriate prevention and intervention strategies for children who exhibit challenging behavior. This presentation will focus on the latest research  in the field of early childhood on best practices of identifying, preventing and intervening with young children.

Appeal to Genre Readers

October 14
2:00pm EST

We all know them — those readers dedicated to a particular genre — you may even be one yourself! How can you help those readers find the perfect book to read when they’ve already made it through their list of author or title read-alikes? Appeals are a great place to start. Fantasy fans may enjoy reading about a large cast of characters or a sweeping story line, while romance lovers may be interested in books that are high-drama or feature a sassy protagonist. Appeals have become an increasingly important component of readers’ advisory services, going a step beyond read-alikes in a patron’s genre of choice. Join us and our panel of reader’s advisory experts, as we discuss strategies for going beyond genre read-alikes and using appeals to *ahem* appeal to avowed genre readers. Register