Monday, May 1, 2023

Session 5: Breakouts 2:35-3:30 PM

Parking Lot

Pop-Up Libraries (Touch-a-Truck)


Continuation of Pop Up Libraries (Session 4) in which you can visit us in the parking lot to see some pop-up library vehicles in person and talk with their drivers/riders about the pros and cons of each and the services they offer.

Mystic Ballroom

Toddler Art: It’s Not About the Product


Presenter: Alex Klaus, Durham Public Library


Tips and tricks for leading process art projects in the library. Participants will learn about process and why it is an easy, fun, and essential offering. The group will then participate in sample toddler art activities.


Sponsored by: CLA Children’s Services Section

Conference Room 1

DSB’s: Digital Display Boards on a Budget


Presenter: Tom Borysiewicz, Bethel Public Library


Digital Signage Boards (DSB) are becoming ubiquitous. This presentation will go over how to create a DSB using a standard television, open source software (Screenly) and a Raspberry Pi. I will introduce the programming and setup, as well as interacting with the device features and services. I will also give an overview of software available to create slides and webpages to be displayed.


CLA Member-Sponsored

Conference Room 2

Community/School Partnerships: Yes, No, Maybe?


Presenters: Sarah Kline Morgan, East Hartford Public Library; Cathy Potter, East Hartford Public Library


Partnerships are the cornerstone of the recent expansion of programs and services at the East Hartford Public Library, where Sarah Kline Morgan serves as library director and Cathy Potter is the head of children’s and teen services. Join these library veterans to hear more about how partnerships can enhance your library’s offerings and attract new users. Learn how to develop a framework to decide which partnerships are right for you and your library.


CLA Member-Sponsored

Conference Room 3

Library Book Sales with a Dual Mission: The Westport Book Shop


Presenters: Jocelyn Barandiarán, Westport Book Sales Ventures, Inc.; Bill Harmer, The Westport Library


In 2020, the Westport Library expanded the mission of its used book sales to raise funds for the library and also provide meaningful employment and job training for adults with disabilities. The Library transferred operation of its book sales to an independent nonprofit, Westport Book Sale Ventures, that was formed for this purpose. In addition to raising funds for the Library, they provide paid employment and training for adults with disabilities; offer vocational experience for participants in the local high school's transition program for students with special needs; and welcome organizations to bring their clients to volunteer at events. Their model can be replicated by other libraries.


Sponsored by: CLA Reference and Adult Services Section

Conference Room 5

Finding Your Partners and Places with ‘Let’s Move in Libraries.’


Presenters: Tara Borden, East Lyme Public Library; Marie Letarte, Bigelow Free Public Library


Connect with your patrons and light the spark, empowering others in your community to go out where they are and become active, literally one step at a time. Come learn how to hold programs that inspire movement and health in a time when both library staff and patrons are feeling discouraged. You will come away with the knowledge of how to gain partnerships, grants, and plan logistics for your library. Some of the programs that we will discuss include using a local gym with your library card, a winter festival where patrons could try snowshoes before borrowing them, a couch to 5K program and outdoor book discussions: Books and Boots, and Book Yak on a Kayak.


CLA Member-Sponsored

Conference Room 6

Office Administrative Networking


Presenters: Kari Castelli, Scranton Library; Deirdre Thomas, Milford Public Library


We're a unique group and wear lots of hats! Join us and meet other administrative staff. Let's share ideas, network, discuss challenges/solutions and compare hats! Bring your business cards!


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Conference Room 7

Embracing Trading Card Games at Your Library


Presenter: Josh LeBlanc, Wallingford Public Library


Josh LeBlanc from the Wallingford Public Library talks about Pokémon, Magic the Gathering, and other trading card games and how they can be integrated into your library!


CLA Member-Sponsored