April 2022
A Message from the State Librarian
As we conclude a week celebrated across America as National Library Week, we take this opportunity to express appreciation to everyone serving Arizonans in libraries throughout our state.  
This year’s theme, “Connect with Your Library” was chosen by the American Library Association to promote the idea that libraries connect communities in so many ways! The theme is strongly exemplified by Arizona libraries as you offer ways for your communities to use technology to connect with new services, media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books. It is also wonderful to see your libraries connect community members in traditional ways to one another in the welcoming spaces you provide and as you reach outside the library walls to your communities.
Thank you for the important services you provide every day!
Holly Henley
State Librarian
Events and Deadlines
Mark your calendar for upcoming Training Opportunities, Wisdom Wednesdays, Grant Deadlines and Events.


April 8, 12:00pm-1:00pm

April 11, 10:00am-4:00pm

April 13, 11:00am-12:00pm

April 13, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

April 20, 11:00am-12:00pm

April 20, 11:00am-12:00pm

April 20, 2022, 12:00-1:30pm

April 27, 11:00am-12:00pm

April 27, 12:00-1:00pm

April 27, 12:00-1:00pm


May 4, 11:00am-12:00pm

May 4, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

May 11, 11:00am-12:00pm

May 18, 11:00am-12:30pm

May 18, 1:00-2:00pm

May 25, 11:00am-12:00pm
PLA Takeaway by Jaime Ball
I learned a lot at PLA 2022 in Portland! There were many informative sessions, and it was great to see other librarians in-person.
I want to tell you about one of those sessions called “Ready Access: Reentry Services for Decarcerated Populations.”  The librarians who introduced this service were from three public libraries in California and the Mesa Public Library right here in Arizona. They showed us a toolkit that makes it simple to provide support for recently incarcerated people. The key to the program is initiating partnerships with local carceral institutions, starting with parole and probation offices. The toolkit even provides a template for introducing yourself to these agencies. Then it’s a simple matter of providing flyers or brochures about your library’s services that can be distributed to inmates upon release.  

Visit https://www.reentryservice.org to learn more! 
Library Services Newsletter Survey
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Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. 
Bisbee’s Copper Queen Library Named a Finalist for 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced 30 finalists for the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service on April 7. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities. Congratulations to Bisbee’s Copper Queen Library for being named one of the finalists!
Throughout April and May, IMLS will showcase these institutions through its Share Your Story social media campaign. Anyone whose life has been touched by these museums or libraries is encouraged to share their memories and pictures and tag IMLS on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtags #ShareYourStory and #IMLSmedals.
National Medal winners will be announced the first week of June, and a national ceremony and celebration will be held in July.
To learn more about the National Medals, visit the IMLS website.
Arizona Author Series
Dr. David H. DeJong will present a talk "Damming the Gila: The Gila River Indian Community and the San Carlos Irrigation Project, 1900-1942" as part of the State of Arizona Research Library’s 2022 Arizona Author Series. The talk is at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, May 18, and will be held virtually on Zoom.

Damming the Gila continues the story of the Pima Indians' struggle for justice and restoration of their water stolen in the 19th century. Damming the Gila represents the culmination of the first phase (1912 to 1926) of Congressman Carl Hayden’s political career in Congress, namely gaining passage of the San Carlos Irrigation Project and authorization of Coolidge Dam. The study provides a detailed history of the San Carlos act and the San Carlos Irrigation Project, as well as the construction of the main irrigation delivery facilities and Coolidge Dam. Read more here.
Grant and Award Opportunities
Call for Libraries Transforming Communities Advisors 
The American Library Association (ALA) announced its Libraries Transforming Communities project will offer more than $7 million in grants to small and rural libraries to increase the accessibility of facilities, services, and programs to better serve people with disabilities. 

An open call for advisors is now open. Interested applicants will have until May 2, 2022, to submit their resume and a short letter of interest. Applicants should be members of either ALA or the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) and will receive a $2,000 stipend. Visit https://www.ala.org/tools/librariestransform/libraries-transforming-communities/access/rfp to learn more about the call for advisors. 

Beginning in November, ALA will accept applications for grants distributed over the next three years ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. Visit ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities website for more information about the overall initiative. 
Training Opportunities
Reimagining School Readiness
Date: Monday, April 11
Location: Tempe Public Library
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Do you wonder what research really says about how to support school readiness? The Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for library staff to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life.
Participants in this training will:
  • Gain knowledge of key findings from cognitive and developmental psychology research
  • Understand the practical implications of school readiness for children
  • Reflect on how research findings connect with current library programming
  • Explore different ways to apply the research to programming including summer programming
  • Increase comfort in facilitating hands-on activities with children and their caregivers
  • Gain practical ready-to-implement ideas for activities to use with children and their caregivers

This training is made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and a partnership between the Arizona State Library, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the California State Library, and the Pacific Library Partnership. 
Are limited staff, space or budget preventing you from creating a makerspace in your library? Did your maker programming pause due to the pandemic, and you are not sure how to get it up and running again? Are you wondering how to develop maker programming that can be flexible and responsive to the unexpected? 

Register for any/all webinars in this series here:
April 13, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm
Brainstorm and Prototype: Out of the Box Thinking and Testing Ideas (60 min)
April 20, 2022, 12:00-1:30pm
Implementation: The Nitty Gritty of Planning and Preparing Creative Maker Experiences (90 min)
April 27, 2022, 12:00-1:30pm
Reflect and Refine - Using Evaluation to Strengthen Programs (60 min)
May 4, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm
Amplify and Grow: Marketing, Fundraising and Professional Growth (60 min)
Infopeople Courses
May 3 - May 30
May 3 - Jun 13, 2022
May 10 - June 6, 2022
If you are interested in taking any of these courses contact Ann Marie Creegan.
Conferences & Events
American Library Association Annual Conference
June 23–28, 2022
Washington DC 
Together Again! 
The ALA Annual Conference invites library professionals at all levels of their careers and from all library types to engage in top quality professional development opportunities, including more than 160+ education sessions, and to have access to the latest insights from experts on policy, research, and technology at the News You Can Use sessions. There will be more than 12 memorable thought leaders and celebrity speakers who will share their unique insights on the main stage. More information is available on their website https://2022.alaannual.org.

The Digital Experience. Registrants of this virtual offering will have access to 42 education sessions, 14 News You Can Use sessions, and four main stage speakers. These sessions will be live-streamed directly from the conference in Washington, D.C. Registration for the Digital Experience includes on-demand access to the full list of 60 sessions through August 31, 2022.

Scholarships are available to full-time library personnel in Arizona. To request a Continuing Education Scholarship, all applicants must submit a scholarship application and W-9 (for the individual or organizational payee) at least 60 days prior to the date of the event. For more information, check out Scholarships on our website or contact Ann Marie Creegan.

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