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 • 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Planting the Seeds of Learning: The Library as a Nature Based Learning Center

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The learning and health benefits of connecting children and families to nature are well documented. The Minnesota Children & Nature Connection wants to encourage libraries provide opportunities for exploration, learning, and play to spark curiosity in the outside world. We recently surveyed librarians in the state to find out what's working and what's not in connecting communities to nature based learning. We'd like to share the results of our survey and provide some tools to help you more easily integrate nature based collections and programming at your library. We will showcase success stories highlighting resources, creativity, and collaboration with community partners from Minnesota libraries. Whether you're just getting started or are interested in expanding your nature based services, we'll have something for you to increase nature based literacy, environmental stewardship, and build a better future for the community and the planet.


Alison Reiter

Youth Services Library Associate, Anoka County Library
Alison Reiter joined Anoka County Library as the Youth Services Library Associate at the Mississippi branch in Fridley in 2016. Before that, she worked for the Saint Paul Public Library and Bridge View School. She has been a lover of nature her entire life and enjoys incorporating... Read More →

Monica Stratton

Children's Facilitator, Ramsey County Library
Monica Stratton is the lead librarian for children's services at the Ramsey County Library. She also serves as branch manager for the library in North St. Paul. As part of the children's team at Ramsey County Library she has been involved with incorporating nature and outdoor play/learn... Read More →

Katrina Hartz Taylor

Library Manager, Saint Paul Public Library
Katrina Hartz Taylor is the Manager of the Sun Ray Library where she provides an urban community with a variety of nature based learning opportunities. With over 15 years of experience at the Saint Paul Public Library, Katrina has had the joy of working with Saint Paul Parks and Rec... Read More →

Jody Yungers

Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Brooklyn Park
Jody Yungers is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Brooklyn Park. Jody has worked in both municipal and County government for over 34 years. Jody has served on the Minnesota Children & Nature Connection executive committee as the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 109