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July 2021

Topic: NJALA Mixer: Coping with COVID-19 Changes

Date: Thursday, 7/8 2 pm – 3 pm

Description: Join NJALA for a topical venting session! The committee will pose discussion points that focus around the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll open the virtual discussion to all participants to share their experiences, express frustrations, and ask for peer guidance on how to manage existing struggles. This event will not be recorded.

Zoom Registration:
*Registration is free and required to participate
Topic: Connected Learning: A Recipe for Success

Date: Jul 22, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: Did you know that you’re probably using Connected Learning when you’re working with tweens and teens in the library? Discover what it is and learn how to use it more effectively to ensure that the youth you work with will be more engaged in your library’s programming which will allow them to gain valuable life skills they can use for future success. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and share programming ideas during this highly participatory session. Helpful resources will also be included to support your work with youth.

Presenter Bios:
Christine Jansen is the Manager of Youth Services Programming and Collaborations for SCLSNJ. She initiates, coordinates, and oversees all youth, teen, and family programming and initiatives across SCLSNJ’s 10 branches, and builds relationships with community partners. Prior to her current position, she was the Teen Librarian and Volunteer Coordinator at the SCLSNJ Hillsborough Library branch for four years. She also worked at the South Orange Middle School as a School Library Media Specialist for two years. Before becoming a librarian, she was a graphic designer for a marketing firm for 7 years.

Sharon Rawlins is the Youth Services Consultant in Lifelong Learning at the NJ State Library. She is the Project Coordinator for the statewide summer reading program and provides information on grants, workshops, youth literacy and programming to public and school library staff throughout NJ who work with children and teens. Prior to working at the NJ State Library, she worked as the Head of Youth Services at the NJ State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Center. She has also worked at Piscataway Public Library as an Adult/Young Adult Librarian where she did all the programming and collection development for teens, something she still misses now that she no longer works directly with them. She started working in libraries as a library assistant at the Metuchen Public Library. NJLA honored her as the Librarian of the Year in 2019.

Registration: Free and required to participate: