Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Thursday, October 5 • 10:30am - 11:20am
When in Doubt, Throw It Out: When Storytime Isn't Working

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Learn how Oakland Public Library (CA) is transforming empty rooms during storytime into bustling, busting-at-the-seams programs for toddlers & their caregivers, with special success in reaching underserved communities. Presenter Mary Dubbs, now at Hennepin County Library, designed and co-led what came to be called Play Cafe. The program would not have been such a success without the support of an amazing team at OPL and the larger community. Attendees will learn the "magic mix" of community research, outreach, and program structure. We'll delve into the importance of community input & cultural relevance at every step. We'll discuss strategies for funding as well as adjusting for staff, building, and scheduling impacts. By the end of the session, attendees will be buzzing with ideas of how they can implement the most pertinent ideas and start a storytime revolution of their own.


Mary Dubbs

Youth Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library, North Regional Branch
Mary Dubbs joined Hennepin County Library as a youth services librarian at the Minneapolis North Regional branch in March 2017. Previously, she was a children's librarian with Oakland Public Library in California. She is currently serving on the ALSC Library Services for Special Population... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Room 109