A Writer’s Journey Does Not Follow a Straight Line with Amy Haimerl


WPLC VIRTUAL AUTHOR SERIES
November 11, 2020

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

Discusses her book about restoring a house and constructing a life.

Amy’s Bio

My bread and butter is covering small businesses 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, CNNMoney, Fortune Small Business, Westword, and USAA, where I helped military families make smarter choices about their money. I also have a background in enterprise and investigative reporting.

A Writer’s Journey Does Not Follow a Straight Line with Rachel Gladstone


WPLC VIRTUAL AUTHOR SERIES
November 4, 2020

Rachel Gladstone, author of “The Weekend Wedding Assistant”, shares the twists and turns in her life that culminated in her writing a novel. She discusses how the characters popped in her head and her writing and editing process.

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

White Pine Virtual Annual Meeting October 21, 2020


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 shares some of the programs she has initiated, like esports competitive gaming, and how she is getting WIFI to places in need in her community.

Looking Ahead, Planning for Reopening Webinar

Friday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. central (2:00 pm Eastern)

Even as many are working overtime to provide remote and adapted services to their communities, librarians, library staff and boards are planning for reopening when it becomes safe to do so. There are many considerations, from patron and staff safety to dealing with materials, equipment, and space; from bringing staff onsite to restarting programs. Has your state established a task force or working group to launch the planning process? Join a conversation with colleagues from states across the country, share information, ask questions, hear what resources are available and let ALA know what help you need. Please register here.

This conversation is being convened by ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office and the Chapter Relations Office.

Megan Murray Cusick, MLIS
Assistant Director, State Advocacy
American Library Association
mcusick@ala.org