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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Friday, October 6 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Let's Get Together, YA YA YA! or How an Elementary Media Center and a Public Library Worked Together for their Community

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Take one school media specialist and one public librarian and add an LSTA Grant: What do you get? Collaboration! Spoiler Alert: Not everything went as planned! This presentation will showcase how an LSTA Grant was used to engage families in a suburban community during three different events over the course of six months. We'll highlight these events as well as touch on the grant application process itself. We'll provide a summary and critique of our endeavors, including the important takeaways. Also, see spoiler alert above! We want to help you come away with new ideas on forming successful community collaborations and unique ways to reach out to your public!


Connie Stirling

Elementary Media Specialist, White Bear Lake Schools
Connie Stirling is an elementary media specialist in the White Bear Lake Schools, and part time librarian with Ramsey County Libraries. Volunteer work includes the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards board, along with many state fair seasons at the Alphabet Forest.

Ann Wahlstrom

Children's Librarian, Ramsey County Libraries
Ann Wahlstrom has been a Children's Librarian for Ramsey County Libraries for over 10 years. She serves on the board of the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards and enjoys reading a good, cheesy sci-fi paperback.

Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 111