Full Body Storytime & Ready to Read Webinars

Reach up high and touch the sky...Reach down low and touch your toes!

Best Storytime Practices a webinar series with Jenifer Strauss continues:

  • Full Body Storytime: Moving and Grooving with Stories, Songs, Rhythms and Rhymes
    Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 2pm EST

    Movement is a child’s first language! Combine movement with rhythm and you have the foundation for literacy skills like listening, speaking, reading and writing.
    In support of healthy early childhood learning experiences and the ALA Every Child Ready to Read initiative, narrative consultant/storyteller, Jenifer Strauss will host a live webinar featuring stories, songs, play, and movement. Participants will learn how to plan and execute a well-balanced storytime that will allow young patrons to be active and creative with language. Directions for making percussion instruments and props included. PDF handouts of song lyrics and supporting research provided.
    I Knew an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (your favorite version)
    The Talkative Tortoise (India, Haiti, Anishinabek origins)
    The Enormous Turnip, a folktale illustrated by Kathy Parkinson (or your favorite retelling)
  • Ready to Read Michigan:  “I Got the Rhythm!”
    Tuesday, January 16th, 2pm EST
    Join us to learn about a Ready to Read Storytime designed for outreach to your local early childhood providers & schools!  This year’s book selection is “I Got the Rhythm” by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison.  Copies of the title will be shipped to libraries mid-January-early February, so this is a sneak peek if you do not already have the book in-hand.

Market research and community data for entrepreneurs

Free MeL Webinar

Nov 29, 3:30 pm Eastern

Help entrepreneurs and small businesses in your community by empowering them with market and demographic research far beyond anything available on the web. Please join us on November 29 at 3:30pm Eastern for a 30-minute webinar focused on market and community research resources available in MeL.

Utilizing the MeL research databases allows user to:

Scan new markets
Strategize marketing and messaging programs
Develop, plan, and analyze franchise territories
Understand your customers better - How much do they earn/spend?
Add thematic layers to create detailed, data-enhanced maps
Analyze the shifts and needs of a given population within a specific geographic location
Teach and reinforce customer segmentation principles with real data
Supplement market segmentation theory with real-life applications
Use the same lifestyle segmentation categorization used by professionals

Registration is free and open to all Michigan library staff, educators, and other interested users.

Read more and register for this webinar.

This webinar will be recorded, and made available on demand anytime.


MeL training is funded in part by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.  Additional service support comes from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Free Online Training for November 2017

Webjunction Online Training

75 free library-relevant webinars

November brings 75 free library-relevant webinars (and one virtual conference!) from a wide variety of organizations. This month includes a session on how to manage your collections and how to communicate with your community partners, or you're interested in finding new resources to meet your community's changing need. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights of November's webinar offerings include:

November 7 - Legal Reference: The Basics (Washington State Library)
November 8 - BIG Ideas for Small Libraries (SirsiDynix)
November 9 - "For the Greater (Not) Good (Enough): Open Access and Information Privilege" (OCLC)

Access the full  list

Free MeL webinar – Michigan history with MeL

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Help your genealogists, students, researchers, and history buffs by connecting them with best sources for Michigan history. Join us on October 25 at 3:30pm Eastern for a 30-minute webinar focused on Michigan history resources available through MeL. Learn about tools within MeL Databases which can help your genealogists, students, researchers, and community.

Registration is free and open to all Michigan library staff, educators, and other interested users.

Read more and register for this webinar.


This webinar will be recorded, and made available on demand anytime.


MeL training is funded in part by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan. Additional service support comes from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

2017 Annual Appeal Workshop

Workshop for White Pine Member Libraries

Mark Morrow from the Breton Group will conduct a workshop on letter writing campaign for raising funds for the library.  Workshop leaders will work with each library to prepare the necessary letters.  Participants will leave the workshop with a letter that can be used to fund raise. This is a pilot project.  Once you have completed your campaign, and are satisfied, there will be a cost - possibly $500+, per library.  There is no cost to attend the workshop.  The workshop is a follow up to the presentation that Mark gave at the last (September) Advisory Meeting.

Please let Bryon Sitler know if you will attend.

White Pine Library Cooperative Member Libraries
It is not necessary to have attended the Ad Council meeting to attend this workshop.

The Breton Group will offer a half-day workshop to help library leaders develop and execute a fall 2017 annual giving mailing. The service would help library leaders:

  • Develop a personalized local appeal letter (Case Statement) utilizing provided letter drafts and day-of, hands-on coaching/editing guidance
  • Customize an appeal brochure that when completed that day is ready to print (in-house at your library or a local printer)
  • Determine how to best personalize each letter either by data (electronic) or hand-written additions by staff or volunteers

Outline an annual appeal of Board members prior to public appeal

  • Evaluate the library prospect pool to identify the data necessary for the fall appeal

Provide example of accountability reports to the community

October 24, 2017
10 am to 1 pm

At the White Pine Office in Saginaw
3210 Davenport Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48602
Phone: (989) 793-7126

Making Banned Books Week Work in Your Community

PLA Webinar
Making Banned Books Week Work in Your Community

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 1:00 PM Central

A FREE webinar presented in partnership with ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)

Banned Books Week (BBW) has been a mainstay in American libraries for over 30 years. This annual event brings together communities in support of the freedom to read and to express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular. Some libraries have been celebrating BBW for decades and feel like they are “preaching to the choir,” while others have steered clear of stirring up controversy. This free webinar from PLA and OIF will shine a light on these and other barriers to successful participation in BBW and will focus on solutions to keep your library’s involvement fresh, relevant, and meaningful to your community. REGISTER NOW!

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Recognize potential barriers to celebrating Banned Books Week in their communities;
  • Know the free resources, tools, and recommendations available from ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom; and
  • Gain fresh ideas for celebrating the freedom to read at their libraries.


  • Kristin Pekoll, assistant director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Time: 1:00–2:00 PM Central

Who Should Attend:
This free webinar is open to everyone and will be helpful for anyone interested in intellectual freedom issues, particularly those library staff involved in development of programs or displays, community engagement, or administration.


THIS WEBINAR IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED. You can register for this webinar until it begins, or until space is no longer available, whichever comes first. Please do not register unless you are sincere about attending the live webinar. Space is limited, and signing up and not attending may deprive someone else of the opportunity. Thank you for your cooperation.



LM’s New & Advanced Director Workshops

Library of Michigan’s New & Advanced Director Workshops

Registration is open for the Library of Michigan’s New & Advanced Director Workshops.  All new (or new to Michigan) public library directors must attend the New Director Workshop within 12 months of appointment.   If your new library is a Class 4 or higher, attendance at the Advanced Director workshop is required within 24 months of appointment.

To register, please visit: https://www.solutionwhere.com/WW/lom/Default.aspx.

For more information on the certification process, visit: www.michigan.gov/librarycertification.

New WebJunction Content and Upcoming Webinars

 Check out these upcoming webinars and new content from WebJunction. Free access to WebJunction is brought to you, in part, by the Library of Michigan.

Highlighted content:

These resources can help you strengthen your library and services to the community, explore them today!

  • Free Activity Calendars Put Programming at Your Fingertips: Library users young and old benefit from the fun, exciting, and educational programming you offer in your schools and libraries. But little do they know how much hard work and planning goes into putting those activities together! Check out these free, downloadable resources.
  • Librarians who Wikipedia: This series highlights public library staff who are using Wikipedia. Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together is a WebJunction project that bridges public library staff and Wikipedia. A popular and convenient reference source, Wikipedia is the sixth-most visited website online. What can Wikipedia do for public libraries? We’ve recently launched a new series of articles called Librarians Who Wikipedia. We speak with public library staff who have meaningfully engaged with Wikipedia to hear what it has brought to them and their message for other public library staff.

Free WebJunction webinars for you!

These upcoming webinars are open for registration. If you can’t attend a live session, all WebJunction webinars are recorded and available for free in the Course Catalog.

Measures that Matter Part Two: Detailing the Data-based Story of Public Libraries

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour

Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/measures-that-matter-2.html

In the United States, there are a number of national surveys of public libraries and their patrons. While all of these efforts help us tell a data-based story of public libraries, they differ in terms of their samples, what types of data they collect, and how their data are collected, stored, and accessed. During the first webinar in this three-part series, we scanned the landscape of major public library surveys and considered how library data could be used more productively in the future. In this second webinar, we will drill deeper into the concepts of sampling, data types, and data management, and how they impact what we know about public libraries and their patrons. At the end of this webinar, participants will have a greater understanding of various sampling methods, recognize the differences between inputs, outputs, and outcomes, and be aware of the data management practices for various national public library surveys.

This webinar is the second in a three-part series about the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies’ Measures that Matter initiative, a field-wide discussion of the current state of public library data. All sessions are recorded for you to watch if you aren’t able to participate live.

Presented by: Rebecca Teasdale, Senior Evaluation and Research Associate, Garibay Group; John Bertot, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor, College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland; Linda Hofschire, Director, Library Research Service, Colorado State Library

Effective Online Outreach: Tools and Tactics for Connecting Communities and Collections

Thursday, June 29, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour

Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/effective-online-outreach.html

 How did a small two-person library capture national media attention, become a focus of high-profile museum exhibits, and generate 13 million views of its online photos in just a few years? They built on a framework of eight values to drive innovative services and greatly enhance the information-seeking experience of their users. With a combination of free and low-cost web tools, savvy marketing, and innovations borrowed from archives and museums, Kenn Bicknell embarked on an aggressive digitization and outreach program to push information out to his constituents in creative, engaging ways. Find inspiration and practical ideas that can breathe new life into your collections and keep libraries front and center in users' lives.

Presented by: Kenn Bicknell, Digital Resources Librarian, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library and Archive

Michigan Cooperative Directors Association webinars

The MCDA, Michigan Cooperative Directors Association, is happy to announce the next slate of free, statewide webinars for anyone affiliated with a pubic library in Michigan.  Here is the list:
  • NIS Health Insurance partnership with the Michigan Library Association (webinar) with Brian Mitchell,Tuesday, May 16th, 11:00 a.m.
  • Parliamentary Procedure and Running Effective Board Meetings (webinar) with Anne Seurynck,Tuesday, May 23rd, 11:00 a.m.
  • Human Resource (HR) Issues in Library Environments (webinar) with Brian Mortimore,Thursday, June 8th, 10:00 a.m.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Understanding the law (webinar) with Anne Seurynck,Tuesday, June 13th, 11:00 a.m.
All of the registration information may be found here:  http://mmll.org/workshops.html.