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A California Libraries Learn Webinar and Discussion

September 8th, 2020 12:00 PM
1:00 PM

Start Time: Pacific - 12 Noon, Mountain - 1 PM, Central - 2 PM, Eastern - 3 PM

Presenter: Cindy Mediavilla

There will be a follow-up Zoom discussion on Monday, September 14 at 11am Pacific. Registration information for the Zoom discussion (facilitated by Cindy Mediavilla) will be available at the end of the webinar. Please note: This discussion is for CA library staff only who either attend the webinar live or view the recording.

In March 2020, some 55 million students in the U.S. were sent home when 30,000 K-12 schools closed their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers struggled to adapt to an online classroom, while parents scrambled to find childcare. Many California schools will open virtually for the 2020-21 school year.

This webinar will examine how public libraries across the country are helping students, their parents, and teachers succeed in the new world of distance learning. We will look at popular educational websites and reading resources as well as examples of videos designed to help Spanish-language speakers access the library’s resources. We will also discuss how one library continues to provide class visits during stay-at-home and will learn about “pandemic pods.” We will even share how some libraries are helping families deal with food insecurity due to school closures.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  • Feel more confident in their ability to help students, parents, and teachers succeed in a distance learning environment.
  • Learn how other public libraries nationwide are helping students, parents, and teachers succeed in a distance learning environment.
  • Consider this current crisis as an opportunity to work more closely with teachers and schools.

This webinar will be of interest to: all public library staff who work with students, families and teachers

This project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.


Presentation Material

Speaker's slides
Q&A from live event (DOCX format)