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 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Summer Reading Programs for Youth: Breaking the Mold

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Does your youth Summer Reading Program need new life and possibly a new direction? Reinvigorate summer reading by finding fresh approaches to this traditional, and vital, library program. Speakers will explore ways to structure and promote the program differently to increase its reach by drawing in non-traditional participants. The audience will break into small groups to brainstorm new approaches to this valued program.


Tracy Kampa

Children's Librarian, Grand Rapids (MN) Area Library
For the past 23 years Tracy Kampa has tried, sometimes successfully, to get books in the hands of kids. She spent 14 years as a school librarian, where she was known to hustle to the bookstore over the lunch hour to purchase a book that a reluctant reader had requested an hour before... Read More →

Gail Nordstrom

Public Library Consultant, Viking Library System
Gail is the Public Library Consultant for Viking Library System, based in Fergus Falls. She is enthusiastic about informational books for children and teens, and recently served with her co-presenter Marge Loch-Wouters on the 2017 Robert Sibert Award Committee to select the most distinguished... Read More →

Mollie Stanford

Regional Librarian, Arrowhead Library System
Mollie Stanford has experience working in public and academic libraries, a children's museum, and has worked in federated regional library systems for 10 years. She graduated with a MLIS from the University of Illinois in 2007 and is the Regional Librarian at Arrowhead Library Sy... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 111