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Virginia Continuing Education & Training Calendar of Events

Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

How are nonprofit professionals jump starting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where: Every Monday we share your wins; Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right; And close with a Q&A session.


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Measuring Up
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
For Director’s Ears Only: 10 Secret Tips To Support Youth Services
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Great youth services happen in libraries where staff and community recognize the importance of supporting youth and their literacy, learning and discovery needs. Youth library staffers often have strong thoughts about what would help them be more effective advocates for youth and youth library services but may not be able to articulate them or need support to make them happen. Join a seasoned youth librarian and consultant to explore ten different ways you can support your youth services and create an even more powerful place in your community’s heart!


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Programming for ‘Tweens
Feb 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a webinar on programming for ‘tweens (ages 8-12). Whether you’ve been offering ‘tween programs for years or you’re just getting started, you’ll come away with ideas on program themes, structures, and organization.


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NCompass Live: Eleven Ways Your Current Tutorials Are as Forgettable as Barb and What to Do About It
Feb 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a rut when you create another LibGuide, screencast or other library instruction? Does it feel repetitive and not-at-all-creative? Are you still getting questions about how to use a database, despite creating detailed screencasts on each one? Are you unsure if what you are creating on the web is accessible to all of your learners? In this workshop, we will address some core skills around universal, instructional and graphic design that you can implement to make your online library instruction more effective.


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Introduction to Dialogue & Deliberation for Public Libraries Serving Small, Mid-sized and/or Rural Communities
Feb 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Using NCDD’s Engagement Streams Framework and a variety of dialogue resources, participants will learn about the steps for designing successful dialogues that best fit their circumstances and resources. They will also gain an understanding of approaches to dialogue that can help them achieve their goals.


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Introduction to Proposal Writing
Feb 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.


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Fail Better: Low Tech, High Octane Critical Thinking for T/w/eens
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Who: T/w/een Programming Public Library Staff

What & Why: 

Research and your own experience reveal that resilience, grit, and growth mindset play a critical role in student success, but how can you help empower tweens/teens with these skills? Join Flow Circus for a full day training that introduces skill toys – a playful tool for encouraging tweens/teens to shift mindset and see “failure” as an opportunity for learning and growth. The first half of the day focuses on getting comfortable with skill toys like spinning plates, yo-yo, and kendama. Don’t worry – you don’t have to be an expert in the skills in order to run programs. We model how to take a mindful approach to dropping, learning, and facilitating. The second half of the day takes you through a number of challenges and programming (active and passive) ideas for connecting skill toys to STEAM, Summer Reading Program, and other common themes. A preview video can be viewed here.

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When: Friday, April 27, 2018, 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Rockbridge Regional Public Library, 138 S Main St, Lexington, VA 24450

Cost: $10 per person, lunch is included.

Registration will open on February 9th (a link and update will be emailed at that time) and be initially limited to 1 person per library system, with a maximum of 40. This limit may be removed as space allows.

Door Prizes6 skill toy sets/kits will be given away (a $400 value) at this training. Ideally, one set would go to each region where it would be shared among libraries, but if each region isn’t represented, we’ll give them away to those that are. Also, FlowCircus will honor the $400 price for any attendee who would like to purchase them should they not win.

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