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Friday, March 12, 2021
Hi <<First Name>>, welcome to this edition of CALL Letters. March is moving right along which means that spring is just around the corner. Find the latest information by visiting our website or feel free to reach out to our team anytime. 
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New Offerings!

Public Programming in the Pandemic 
Mondays, March 23, 30 & April 6
  |  11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  |  Library Journal course
Practically every public library has had to master digital storytime in a hurry. But there’s much more than socially distanced programming can do to fight isolation, connect communities, support harried parents, and help patrons with their fundamental information needs—whether they are looking for a new job, seeking reliable health information to make the best decisions, or need a pandemic project like learning a craft or a new language. 

2021 Brazelton Virtual National Forum
Tuesday-Thursday, April 6-8

“Working Together Towards Racial Equity for Children, Families, and Communities.” We are offering a limited number of no-cost seats for California library staff to attend this forum which will explore the effects of racism and trauma on children, families, and communities, and how together we can advance racial equity and justice. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 15, 2021.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Thursday-Friday, April 8-9
  |  8:00-11:00 a.m.
CALL has partnered with the California Department of Education to offer a certificate in Youth Mental Health First Aid. YMHFA teaches participants to identify, understand, and respond to youth, ages 6-18, who may be experiencing emotional distress, mental illness, or a substance use issue. This 2-day training gives adults the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support and help connect them with appropriate and timely care. The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 1, 2021. Please note the technology requirements for participants.

Featured in CALL Academy – Self-Paced Learning Available 24/7

On the Go with Senior Services 
Learn how to address the needs of the older adult population and how to create programs for them. Gain insight into who the older adult population is and recent research on how the brain ages, and how educational and creative programs can improve their quality of life. Sample programs are shared to inspire. 

Shared Vision Resources
For Mobile Libraries projects and Early Learning and Out of School Time services. You can now take advantage of all the Shared Vision related webinars delivered between January and March of 2020 with this self-paced CALL Academy module. Topics include children’s social-emotional learning, planning for a bookmobile, creating a logic model, community hubs, and wraparound services.

Mental Health Initiative
Conveniently listen to any or all of the webinars delivered in support of this important initiative.

Just-in-Time Webinars and Workshops

Just-in-Time webinars and workshops are thoughtfully planned out to fit a chunk of information into a short period of time, usually right around one hour.
Strategic Planning Made Easy 
Monday, March 15
  |  1:00 p.m.
(Part 2 of 2)

Embracing Risk-Friendly Learning
Tuesday, March 16  |  1:00 p.m.
What’s Essential When Serving Youth and Families in Crisis Times?
Tuesday, March 23  |  9:00 a.m.

The Vital Intersection of Trust and Racial Equity
Tuesday, March 30
  |  11:00 a.m.
Find details about these and others this month at

Learn with Us

Volunteers are an asset to the library not just because they help to expand or enhance services, but because they naturally turn into community ambassadors for the library. Learn about two important volunteer engagement strategies in the spotlight during COVID from volunteer coordinator expert and guest blogger Carla Lehn.

Plan Your Conferences for the Spring!

CALL is able to offer several opportunities for no-cost conference participation this spring. Find complete details about these and others at

The Connection. Learn. Create. Collaborate  |  March - All Month
Second Annual Southeast Collaborative Conference  |  March 16-18
BLOSSOM: Building Life-long Opportunities  |  March 24-26 
Seguimos Creando Enlaces  |  March 25-26
California Library Association (CLA) Annual Conference  |  May 11-14

Courses This Month

Facilitator Training for Civil Legal Justice Through Public Libraries
March 8-26  |  Get trained in how to lead peer learning groups through the Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice curriculum.
Exploring STEAM Concepts in Storytimes
March - All Month  |  Saroj Ghoting, a Library Juice Academy course early literacy expert, shows how to incorporate STEAM ideas in everything we do, not just targeted programs.
Emotional Intelligence for Librarians
March - All Month  |  Library Juice Academy course with Debra Lucas helps you learn about our capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships within your library.
Getting to Know Your Users Through Interviews and Focus Groups
March - All Month  |  How do we know what library users think? Listen to their stories! Jennifer Sweeney guides this Library Juice Academy course about effective techniques and strategies for learning about your patrons and services.
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