CE Around the State

CE Around the State – April 2012

April is a time for celebration.  It is the only month of the year you KNOW the Cubs will be in first place (well, tied for first at least).  After Opening Day?  All bets are off.  But for that one glorious day, the Cubs trail no other.

April is also a huge month for CE, so let’s get to it!

First, we’ll highlight our own RLA-CE workshops.

On Tuesday, March 20th, from 9:30-11:30, join Schaumburg Public Librarian and author Amy Alessio at the Des Plaines Public Library as she discusses the latest trends in cooking and crafting books in both fiction and nonfiction.  Cookbook & Crafting Readers Advisory will also show how we can entice readers to learn new skills or to explore depths in a favorite hobby!  FREE!

And you’ll want to keep Tuesday, April 17th from 9:30-noon free for Business Reference 2012!  Business Information Group standouts Emily Kornak of the Barrington Public Library and Shannon Scanlan of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library will discuss new resources and databases in business reference as well as helping small businesses effectively use social media; business outreach; and job and career resources.  FREE!

Now for the rest of the programs –

WebJunction continues their excellent workshops with Skills for the Everyday Leader on Wednesday, April 4th from 1-2pm.  Leading isn’t just for managers!  By the end of this webinar, you’ll have some simple and effective tools to help you work more powerfully with your colleagues or become the supervisor you always wanted to work for. FREE!

The ILA Youth Services Council’s Spring Workshop is Monday, April 9th from 10am-4pm.  They’ll cover “sense”-sational programs for children with special needs as well as legal issues as they relate to youth programming.  Ah those wacky youth librarians and their puns… FREE!

Slam the Boards on April 10th!  It’s fun and a great learning experience.  Promote librarians beyond the library! On the 10th of each month, visit your favorite “Social Q&A” sites (Yahoo Answers, Quora, WikiAnswers, etc.) and locate questions for which you can provide well-researched answers. Identify yourself as a librarian in your answer. Then post links to your answers on Twitter using the hashtag #slamtheboards. FREE!

Dominican University is sponsoring a seminar on motivating staff on Tuesday, April 10th.  Employees who feel valued and recognized for the work they do are more motivated and productive. Diane Decker will teach proven motivational techniques including delegation, coaching and feedback.  While this all day event (9:30-4:30) is not free, you will earn CPDU credits.

Tuesday, April 10th must really be the day for workshops because WJ is also offering one from 1-2pm.  Virtual Connections will help you get connected with your library patrons and vice-versa.  Learn how to build and maintain virtual, internet-based connections with your patrons by utilizing the tools they are increasingly using themselves, including Google Plus, QR Codes, and Pinterest.

On Thursday, April 12 from 9:30-noon, ATLAS is sponsoring a technology how-to program at the South Holland Public Library.  Confused about the different gadgets and how they work? Attend our meeting and receive a hands-on experience with a variety of e-readers, and learn how they work.

ATLAS seems to be a new librarian group providing continuing education.  Check them out at  Good luck, ATLAS!

LACONI TSS is hosting a workshop on Workplace Relations on Friday, April 13th from 9:30-3:00pm at the beautiful Glenview Public Library.  Join Candace Fisher from Management Association for a full day of interactive discussions and hands-on application of tools to help you in your day to day reality.  Hosted by the Technical Services Section but everyone is welcome!

Check out the Readers Advisory Interest Group’s monthly meeting on Thursday, April 19 from 9:30-noon in RAILS’ Wheeling Conference Room.  FREE!

There’s a Sassy Meeting at the Limestone Public Library on Friday, April 20th from 10am-2pm.  It’s a chance for children’s librarians and their assistants to get together, share ideas, and support one another in their library settings.  They will be discussing Tweens and Teen programming and collections during this meetnig. FREE!

Dominican University is hosting the Chicago Children’s Book Publishers – Fall 2012 Preview on Saturday, April 21 from 1-3pm.  Local publishers Albert Whitman & Company, Capstone, Norwood House Press, and Sourcebooks, Inc., give a sneak preview of children’s and young adult books coming out for fall 2012. Come see what’s new before the reviews are even written. FREE!

Also on the 21st, the Fremont Public Library is hosting Making Literature Come Alive for Kids from 9:30-noon.  Join us for this interactive workshop in which storyteller, librarian, and author Rob Reid shows you how to hook kids’ interest in books through humor, storytelling, poetry, songs, and reader’s theater. A light breakfast will beserved, along with 2.5 CPDUs for teachers and librarians. Registration opens March 15 and closes April 14. FREE!

On Sunday, April 22nd from 10am-1pm, Dominican University will host the first of a three part series Book Reviewing with Janice Del Negro.  Learn to review children’s and young adult books from a master! Janice M. Del Negro has been reviewing books for youth for professional library journals for almost thirty years. Acquire or improve reviewing skills and have an impact on the professional world of books for youth. Del Negro, formerly editor of the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, has also reviewed for Kirkus and Booklist, and is currently reviewing for School Library Journal.

Dominican University is working with the Gail Borden Public Library to present Professional Hiring and Meaningful Performance Reviews on Tuesday, April 24th from 9:30-4:30.  Along with hiring new employees, conducting performance reviews can be one of a manager’s most challenging responsibilities. Participants will learn the do’s and don’ts of conducting interviews including the best questions to ask. This session will equip participants to provide a more positive and constructive performance review process for those they supervise.

ARRT’s Quarterly Literary Fiction Book Discussion is on Thursday, April 26, from 1:30-3:30.  In the words of bad 80’s sitcoms everywhere, this will be A Very Special Episode.  They’ll be meeting at The Curragh Irish Pub, to learn first-hand about what it’s like to begin a library book discussion that meets in a bar.  There’s also a book discussion involved, so be sure to read Jennifer Eagen’s A Visit from the Goon Squad ahead of time!

There will be a meeting of the Collection Development Librarians Networking Group on Friday, April 27th from9:30-11:45 at the Roselle Public Library.  They’ll be talking about developing the 400s, Deweyless libraries/rethinking the call number.  The future of audiobooks, and options for discards.  Newcomers are always welcome, but please RSVP to 
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