Monday, April 5, 2021 
Welcome to the April 5 edition of CALL Letters. For the latest information on free educational opportunities for California public library employees visit our website. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email us anytime at We're here to help!
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Libraries and Community Engagement: A Listening Session 
Wednesday, April 7 | 4:00 p.m. | Workshop

Are you thinking about community engagement strategies or strategic planning? The California State Library wants to know about your aspirations and needs, what has worked for you, and what has stymied your work. Please join us to share your comments, ideas, experiences, and questions. All levels of staff are welcome, from front-line service providers to directors. Register for Libraries and Community Engagement.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Thursday, April 8 + Friday, April 9 | 11:00 a.m. | Workshop
CALL partnered with the California Department of Education to offer a certificate in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). YMHFA teaches participants to identify, understand, and respond to youth, ages 6-18, who may experiencing emotional distress, mental illness or a substance use issue. This training gives adults the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support and help connect them with appropriate and timely care. Register for Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Next Chapter: Partnering with Local Jails to Reduce Recidivism

Wednesday, April 14 | 11:00 a.m. | Webinar
Join Assistant Director Chelsea Kovalevskiy as she describes the Next Chapter Program—a partnership between the Dade County branch of the Cherokee Regional Library and the Dade County Jail. This digital literacy and life skills program uses the Niche Academy platform to track inmate participation and completion data. Learn how your library can utilize this program, or create your own, to make a life-changing impact to one of the most vulnerable populations within your community. Register for Next Chapter.

Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines: A REALM Project Webinar
Thursday, April 15 | 12:00 p.m. | Webinar
This webinar will address COVID-19 vaccines and how they impact the reopening and ongoing operations plans for libraries, archives and museums. Register for Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines.

Capturing Outcomes of Virtual and In-Person Library Programs & Services
Tuesday, May 18 - Tuesday, June 15 | Online Course
As you tailor library programs and services to meet community needs, how can you effectively communicate the value of those programs and services to stakeholders? How can you assess programs and services beyond basic measurements like attendance, transactions, and participation? What strategies can you use to determine whether and how you’re meeting your goals? This four-week course includes two interactive online sessions. Register for Capturing Outcomes.

Preparing for the Next Wave of Pandemic-Fatigued Customers 
CALL Academy Online Course | Available 24/7
Is your organization ready and are your employees prepared to safely handle the next wave of customer behaviors? This interactive and informative program will help organizations and their employees create and maintain safe workplace practices, and prepare them to better handle customer conflicts including people who are non-compliant with your rules and policies. Access Preparing for the Next Wave.

Last CALL for Registration

Register for these courses by April 14, 2021.

Developmentally Appropriate and Diverse Books for Storytime
Monday, April 5 - Friday, May 2 | Library Juice Academy Online Course

There’s more to choosing books for storytime than just knowing the collection. It’s also important to understand how to choose books that foster school readiness and literacy skills, as well as books that cultivate an understanding of diverse cultures and traditions. In this four-week course, you will get hands-on practice connecting current and classic children’s books to the developmental ages and stages of infants, toddlers, two-year-olds, and preschoolers. Apply for Developmentally Appropriate and Diverse books. 

Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca
Tuesday, May 3 - Sunday, May 30 | Online Course
This four-week online course teaches participants how to present bilingual storytimes (English/Spanish) for various ages, regardless of their own language skills. Video demonstrations, articles, online resources and course discussions direct students as they learn how to successfully deliver the various elements of bilingual storytimes, either on their own or with a bilingual community partner. Apply for Bilingual Storytime.

Designing for a Flexible Future
Wednesday, May 5, May 12, & May 19 | 11:00 a.m. | Online Course
This online course will explore how to design library spaces for flexibility, including coworking space, meeting space, and outdoor space, and reimagining the library as a community meeting place in the post-Covid era. Apply for Designing a Flexible Future.

This Week

Reading and Dyslexia in a Digital World: The Perspective of a Reading Warrior
Tuesday, April 6 | 12:00 p.m. | Webinar

Data That Counts
Tuesday, April 6 | 1:00 p.m. | Webinar

Secrets to Climbing the Management Ladder
Wednesday, April 7 | 11:00 am | Webinar

Caring For the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library
Wednesday, April 7 | 11:00 a.m. | Webinar

Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers
Thursday, April 8 | 11:00 a.m. | Webinar

Responding to the Covid-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium
Thursday, April 8 - Friday, April 9 | Virtual Conference
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