Newsletter: Week of November 23

Learning and Kindness

Sometimes CALL offerings have a limited number of seats. If you apply for one of those free seats, make sure you can attend and complete the work! We try to record programs for CALL Academy, but it’s not always possible with programs from an outside vendor. It’s easy to forget that, although free to you, sometimes these great learning opportunities are costly to the CALL project—so, please, always feel that you can use the resources you need, but be thoughtful when requesting those in limited supply.

CALL and Response

Looking to get more out of a CALL experience? Our new Learner Guide form provides a way to do just that, from reflecting about what you already knew and what insight you’ve gained to making a plan to share that knowledge, which is part of the CALL mission. Find it at (click the purple box)!

Current Opportunities

Wed., Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m.Learning to Share Your Sandbox: Developing Effective Partnership Agreements. Free live webinar, also available for later viewing on CALL Academy.

Wed. Dec. 2, 11 a.m. Libraries Supporting Online Learning: New Strategies and Best Practices in Response to COVID-19. Free live webinar, also available for later viewing on CALL Academy.

Beginning Dec. 7Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca. Sign up by Dec. 3. This 4-week, online Library Juice Academy course with Katie Scherrer teaches how to present bilingual storytimes (English/Spanish) for various ages, regardless of your own language skills, and demonstrates new books, rhymes, songs, plans and resources you can immediately put to use.

Tues., Dec. 8, 11 a.m. Brainfuse’s JobNow & VetNow: Online Career & Veteran Support Services for Your Patrons during the COVID-19 Crisis, a WebJunction one-hour webinar.

Wed., Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. Reader’s Advisory in a Post-COVID World. Free live webinar, also available for later viewing on CALL Academy.

Wed., Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Virtual Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Ideas Exchange. California Center for the Book/Book to Action webinar, also archived for later viewing.

Thurs., Dec. 10, 9-10:30 a.m. Digital Navigator webinar. This California State Library webinar helps public libraries address the digital divide by assisting patrons in finding and signing up for low-cost internet offers. Share best practices on connecting your community with internet service. Register here:

NEW! Thurs., Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rural Libraries Summit: Accelerating 3rd-Grade Reading Outcomes in Rural Places.  This half-day program celebrates the impact libraries have on the aspirations of young people, recognizes libraries’ contributions to reading outcomes, especially for students in rural communities, and explores how libraries can increase impact by leveraging community support and resources. Participants will learn about opportunities including the newly launched Rural Library Fellowship, which will support the efforts of 22 Fellows to engage in initiatives to increase third-grade reading in their communities.

NEW! Tues., Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. Tech Time with Purpose. Join the Early Learning with Families project to learn about current research about digital technologies and young children, and receive guidance and support to help navigate this challenging landscape with your patrons.

Wed., Jan. 6 and 13, 2021, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. American Library Association two-session workshop, Graphic Design Skills for All Library Employees. A limited number of no-cost seats are available. You’ll have an assignment and access to the instructor between the two sessions. Visit ALA’s site for more course information, but apply for a CALL scholarship with this form.

Mon., Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and 8, 11:30 a.m. -1 p.mLibrary Directors Crash CourseSign up now for a no-cost CALL seat in this three-part training designed for new directors and those who aspire to be directors.

Newsletter: Week of November 23