Virtual Author Series with Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl, author of Detroit Hustle:  A Memoir of Love, Life, and Home

My bread and butter is covering small business in the country’s greatest city for innovation, entrepreneurship, and community building. I come prepared with my own pair of Carhartt bibs, every grease stain earned in service to my father’s small excavating company.

I also know a fair amount about urban renewal and rural poverty.

I am currently an adjunct professor of journalism at Michigan State University, but I once bled blue as a Knight-Wallace Fellow, class of ’13, at the University of Michigan. I am an alum of Crain’s Detroit Business, CNNMoneyFortune Small BusinessWestword, and USAA, where I helped military families make smarter choices about their money. I also have a background in enterprise and investigative reporting.

Registration deadline: November 9, 2020

This Zoom session is planned to last 1 hour.

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

Virtual Author Series with Rachel Gladstone


Rachel Gladstone, author of The Weekend Wedding Assistant, a romantic comedy about death and second chances. 

Rachel started her career as a bohemian backpacker who hiked across Europe and ended up singing backup for Arlo Guthrie and David Bromberg and eventually brought her musical and songwriting talents to Nashville.  Taking Music City to her heart, she wrote songs with leading artists such as Rosie Flores and landed her own acclaimed “All Booked Up” book review column for the international online magazine Dishmag.com.  Her previous writings have appeared in the Nashville Scene, Nashville Lifestyles magazine Ourselves, Foundations, and GX

Rachel will share with us the twists and turns in her life that culminated in her writing a novel.  She’ll discuss how the characters popped in her head and her writing and editing process.  She will also share a reading and we will have time for Q&A at the end. 

“Rachel Gladstone’s sad, funny, redemptive story will strike a chord with anyone who’s loved and lost and gotten back up on their feet again.  This is a blueprint-wise and knowing-for recovery and renewal.  Brava!”

~ Ken Burns, Filmmaker

“Rachel Gladstone’s The Weekend Wedding Assistant” is a fast-moving and highly entertaining story about death, love, passion, and the sorrows and hopes that living brings.  Wonderful, exuberant, real.  A great weekend read!  I am looking forward to a film adaptation!

 ~ Lucinda Williams, Grammy Award Winning Artist

Registration deadline: November 2, 2020

This Zoom session is planned to last 1 hour.

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

The ABC’s of Q & A


Thinking Like a Journalist to Tell Your Community’s Story

Jeff Milo has been working in libraries since he was a teenager. His degree is in Journalism from the MSU School of Communication and Media, and for the last 16 years, he’s been a reporter-at-large for several publications including the Detroit Free Press, Paste Magazine, the Ann Arbor Current, the Detroit Metro Times, and on-air for WDET. Since 2010, he has been a Circulation Specialist for the Ferndale Area District Library, where his responsibilities have expanded into social media content production, program coordinating–including live music, and leading the library’s Art & Exhibition Committee. At the end of 2019, he started hosting and producing episodes for the library’s new podcast, “A Little Too Quiet”. 

Registration deadline: October 12, 2020

This Zoom sessions is planned to last 1 hour.

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

“Ask the Attorney” with Anne Seurynck

 

Attorney Anne Seurynck of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC answers your library-related legal questions. 

A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin Law School, Anne has extensive experience in drafting and reviewing ordinances and policies, serving as general counsel, counseling clients on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act issues, and working with communities on millage and Michigan Campaign Finance Issues. Anne also has an expertise in library law which we know about due to her connection to the Library of Michigan and the COVID inspired Director Meeting Fridays. 

 
Questions should be submitted to kvanauken@wplc.org by Friday, October 2. 

Registration deadline: October 5, 2020

This Zoom session is planned for 1 to 1.5 hours depending on questions/answer time.

You will be sent the Zoom link with your registration confirmation.

Rural Libraries and Digital Inclusion: A Tale from a Small Town in Texas


Dianne Connery is the Library Director of the innovative Pottsboro Area Library in Pottsboro, Texas, a community 80 miles north of Dallas with a population of 2,300 people.  Dianne was a corporate trainer and entrepreneur before moving to this rural community ten years ago. On the verge of closing its doors, she led a group of dedicated volunteers who transformed this library into the vibrant community hub it is today. She is passionate about the role of rural libraries and a huge proponent of digital inclusion.  Dianne will share some of the programs she has initiated, like esports competitive gaming, and how she is getting WIFI to places in need in her community. 

Registration deadline: October 19, 2020

Each Zoom session should last about 1 hour

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

Employment Opportunity

Millington Arbela District Library Director

The Millington Arbela District Library is accepting resumes for the position of Library Director.

Description: The Millington Arbela District Library is a Class III library serving a population of over 7,400 in the Village of Millington and Millington and Arbela Townships. Millington is a charming rural community located in the Thumb of Michigan yet conveniently located to the Saginaw, Flint, and Bay City areas. The Southern Links Trailway trail head is located two blocks from the library and brings a variety of recreational opportunities. The Village and surrounding areas have many quaint antique shops and local eateries.

The library is open 57 hours, six days a week with a staff of 9 and an approximate annual budget of $200,000. The Millington Arbela District Library is a member of the White Pine Library Cooperative.

The Board is seeking a dynamic, positive individual to lead the library. The successful candidate will be a “hands-on” administrator, be visible in the library and in the community, have a vision for library service, and have the ability to articulate that vision to the Board, the staff, and the public. Candidates will have strong technology skills and a vision for the use of technology in providing library services, be an excellent communicator, and have experience in managing and directing employees. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate customer service focus, financial management expertise, and strong Board relations. A complete job description is available at http://millingtonlibrary.info/ .

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Ability to obtain a Level 3 certification from Library of Michigan within 1 year of hire date.

Preferred:
• A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible public library experience.
• Extensive knowledge of current public library principles, methods and practices and will possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community leaders, public officials, professional groups, library employees and the general public.
• A working knowledge of budget preparation, use of QuickBooks software, grant writing, and fundraising.

Salary Range: $34,000-$40,000 (depending on qualifications and experience). Benefit package includes paid holidays, vacation, personal days, and health insurance.


Contact: The Millington Arbela District Library is an equal opportunity employer. Deadline for applications is August 20, 2020. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three references to: millingtondirectorsearch@gmail.com

Posted on behalf of the Millington Arbela District Library Board of Trustees