- School-age literacy and learning (ages 4-11)
- Teen library services (ages 12-18)
- Outreach efforts (all ages)
- Serving special populations (all ages)
Two library systems (Nicolet and Wisconsin Valley) will provide continuing education through the Poverty Awareness for Community Engagement (PACE) presentations by UW Extension agents. Participants will be guided to develop a palette of library-based and outreach action plans for community implementation.
Mental health crisis and suicide prevention in addition to memory loss in seniors are the focus areas for the Indianhead and Northern Waters library systems to determine effective ways to serve these populations. Part of a workshop will provide QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training to learn ways to intervene and assist someone in a mental health crisis and prevent suicide. A second part of a workshop will focus on Memory Cafes as a service to seniors designed to decrease isolation and increase opportunities to practice communication skills and get connected to resources.
Library communities in southeastern Wisconsin including Eastern Shores, Kenosha County, Lakeshores, Mid-Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, and Waukesha County are seeking to focus awareness of special services currently being offered, learn ways libraries can meet youth and special populations' need for services, while making a positive impact in their communities. This project will focus attention on youth and teen services, serving special populations, and outreach efforts to persons of all ages to improve library services through leadership, collaboration, and support.
All four projects will provide an in-person continuing education event and offer library staff opportunities to reinforce their learning with funds for further continuing education, partnership connections, communication, and networking in their own library communities. These projects are taking place during the 2015 LSTA grant cycle that ends in December 2015. For further information, contact Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team