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Programming & Outreach

Libraries must find new ways to engage the community through programs that support learning, social and community development, creativity and innovation. Outreach activities and programming are also effective ways of extending the reach of the library and serving non-users, the underserved, and people with special needs.

The learning opportunities listed below are designed to ensure library staff are equipped to engage their communities and introduce new concepts.

Learning Activities

  • Course Code: F15-1-RW

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    This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge, on demand.  It was recorded  September 2015. 

    As libraries continually evolve, community engagement continues to be an essential service. Hosting a How-to in 10 Festival is a creative, innovative way to develop community engagement while shattering perceptions of the library itself. Key outcomes from this webinar will include:

    • session participants will understand how hosting a festival contributes to community engagement and development
    • session participants will learn about how to build library and municipal partnerships as well as library and community partnerships
    • session participants will learn how to market a festival to achieve maximum visitor turnout

  • Course Code: F15-4-OC-RW

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     This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded October 2015.

    Are you afraid of math? Don’t be ashamed, a great many people are. Math anxiety is just as prevalent in adults as it is in children. Also prevalent is the myth that math is difficult to learn and that some people are just plain bad at math. Calgary Public Library, in partnership with Canadian Oil Sands and its Math Minds consortium, has developed an extremely popular and successful program that aims to dispel this myth in children. Since January 2013, Math Minds classes at CPL have helped nearly 1400 elementary students improve in math.
    In this webinar, learn about the Calgary Public Library’s Math Minds program and discover how you too can create your own successful numeracy program for children.

  • Course Code: F16-4-OC

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     This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded October 2016.

    The Library as Incubator Project, founded in 2010, is the go-to place for libraries that are interested in engaging their communities with the arts and creative programming. In this webinar, LAIP shares program and project ideas, resources and case studies to turn your library into a community creativity incubator. Take the workable, scalable programming and resource framework from LAIP and become a hub for supporting creatives of all types and skill levels in your community. 


  • Course Code: S17-2-RW

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    This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded June 2017.
     
    This panel discussion promises to be lively and engaging as representatives from three public libraries talk about the role they play in supporting, connecting, promoting, and empowering local culture. It’s also a timely discussion in light of the Ontario Government’s Culture Strategy that calls on libraries as a key partner in every community, to play a leadership role in strengthening culture in their communities, reducing barriers, and increasing participation in cultural activities. Our panelists will share examples of some of the ways they champion local culture, facilitate creative connections and initiatives, and support the culture sector. Throughout the discussion we will work together to identify best practices in cultural leadership and guidelines for sustaining effective and successful cultural partnerships.   There will also be time for sharing ideas and success stories, as well as talking about some of the challenges.