November 2021
A Message from the State Librarian
During October, a number of Arizona libraries take a day that is observed by many Arizonans as a holiday and close their libraries to the public in order to bring all their staff together for a time of learning and planning. This year I had the wonderful opportunity to join two of those libraries.
Peoria Public Library brought together staff from their library, city government, and other West Valley libraries for a keynote presentation, “Refocus and Recharge; Your Best Days Are Ahead.” Buckeye Public Library staff came together with Community Services Department staff for a keynote presentation on “Navigating Change” by an Executive Mindset and Lifestyle Coach in the morning followed by a presentation in the afternoon for library staff on “The Eclectic Library” by strategy & innovation consultant Cindy Kolaczynski, a former Maricopa County librarian and library district director
If you’re interested in bringing in a recognized presenter for a staff training for your library system also, consider applying for a Staff Development Express Grant during the LSTA 2022 grant cycle. The goal of this grant opportunity is to deliver training in person to a larger number of library staff across the state who may not be able to attend other trainings offered by the State Library due to limited time or budgets.
For more information on this grant, other continuing grants, and two exciting new Express Grants, see the 2022 guidelines at
This month’s newsletter is filled with information on trainings, conferences, and scholarships in addition to available grants.
Holly Henley
State Librarian
Events and Deadlines
Mark your calendar for upcoming Learning Path, Wisdom Wednesdays, Grant Deadlines and Events.


November 10, 12:00pm-1:00pm

November 12

November 15

November 16 - December 13

November 17, 7:00am-10:30am

November 17, 12:00pm-1:00pm

November 18, 12:00pm-1:00pm

November 24, 12:00pm-1:00pm


December 1, 12:00-1:00pm

December 2, 9:30am-2:30pm

December 8, 12:00-1:00pm

December 15, 12:00-1:00pm
LSTA 2022 Guidelines Now Available
Launch your next big idea with a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant! Staff in all types of eligible Arizona libraries are urged to apply for funding that improves access to information, enhances informal education, and encourages community engagement. Recently awarded projects include teen digital media programs; early literacy and school readiness materials; oral history collection and preservation; and access to XR technologies for K-12 educators.

We are expanding this year with two new Express Grants categories: Teen Connections internships and Community Memory archiving and digital preservation. We continue to offer other Express Grants, including Collection and Programming (CAP), Citizen Science, Staff Development Day, and WiFi Expansion and Hotspot Lending.

The LSTA 2022 grant guidelines are available on Applications will be accepted online beginning in January 2022.
For more information, contact Jaime Ball at
What does LSTA Mean to You, Your Library and Your Community?
Over the years, the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) has funded hundreds of grants for Arizona libraries to innovate and enhance existing services. LSTA also funds dozens of databases, the Arizona Reading Program, continuing education for library staff, the Arizona Memory Project and much more. As a requirement of the LSTA program, the Arizona State Library must conduct a third-party evaluation of our 2018-2022 Five Year Plan. Our evaluator is Quality Metrics, and they have designed a three-question survey to find out how LSTA dollars in Arizona have impacted you and your community members.

Please take a few minutes to answer the survey at We look forward to hearing your thoughts about LSTA in Arizona!

The LSTA Grants to States program is the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S. and is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Collaborative Summer Reading Program Symposium
Who is this conference for? All library staff that are interested in summer programming.
Where is the conference? Virtually anywhere with an internet connection.
When is the conference? Thursday December 2, 2021 ~ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm (EST)
How much is the registration fee? FREE!!!!
Grant Opportunities
Writers in Residence in Libraries
The Arizona Center for the Book Writers in Residence program Mini-Grant promotes writing in communities by connecting local, professional authors to serve as Writers in Residence at public libraries. In a typical year, Writers in Residence spend time at the library during their residency composing new works and providing education for community members. The project looks a little different during the coronavirus pandemic, but it has the same intent: to support Arizona content creators to inspire and aspire!

The program uses LSTA funds to provide for stipends for two (2) writer’s residencies, each for a three-month period. Applying libraries will select two authors, one for a residency from February-April and a second for May-July. Recipient libraries will receive a grant for $4,800 to pay the writers’ stipends, which are set at $800 per month.

Applications for the Grant program are due by 11:59pm, November 12, 2021.

For additional guidelines and a link to the online application, go to the Arizona Center for the Book webpage. Contact Jaime Ball at for more information.

Penguin Random House Grant Program
Penguin Random House has partnered with The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) to award a rolling grant program to recognize rural, small and tribal libraries that support underserved communities in the U.S. and U.S. territories.

The program will award grants of up to $2,500 to libraries that demonstrate a true need. Grants are not limited to literacy and may be used for everything from library programming and books to resources like hotspots that help community members access important information. In-kind donations will also be considered. 

This is a rolling grant application, with batches of applications going under review every 8 weeks beginning December 17, 2021. Information and applications are available on the ARSL website. The first submission window is open October 25, 2021 - December 17, 202.
Big Read Program
Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program.

The NEA Big Read is a community engagement opportunity with grants of up $20,000 for community-wide reading programs (in-person and/or virtual). Organizations can choose one of 15 available books.

The deadline to apply is January 26, 2022. Learn more about the NEA Big Read application process at this link:

Engage your audiences through the power of literature and stir up a passion for reading that persists year after year!
Questions? Contact Arts Midwest at or 612-238-8010
Training Opportunities

Front Line Customer Service Training
The Arizona State Library has purchased access to the training module “Front Line Customer Service” for all Arizona library staff. 
It can be accessed here on our Niche Academy page. 
Front-line customer service employees work to create a welcoming environment in the library. They are service professionals who work directly with customers to create positive experiences and to build long-lasting relationships. They are an essential part of the library experience, usually being the first point of contact with the customer through greeting them, handling their issues and answering their questions.

In this six-module interactive and skill sharpening Front Line Customer Service online course, library employees will learn, explore, engage and grow personally and professionally through videos, exercises, knowledge checks and more in current and relevant topics including: 
  • Growing Your Confidence in Serving Customers
  • Creating a Positive Customer Experience for Everyone
  • Handling Difficult Customer Behaviors with Less Stress and More Satisfaction
  • Creating Workplace Safety and Environmental Awareness

This program is supported with federal LSTA funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
What's New in Children's Literature
What's New in Children's Literature - Two Sessions being offered
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 or Friday, February, 25, 2022
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Online
In this ALL NEW seminar, Shauna Yusko will share with you virtually the best, NEW children’s books from this past year.
Practical Ideas and Strategies:
  • The best, new children’s books published in the last year matched with a wealth of ready-to-use ideas and engaging activities for ALL areas of your program
  • A stimulating, high-powered presentation to make you excited about this year’s new books and eager to try them out with your own students.
Manuals will be available for the first 75 registrants from Arizona.

If you have any questions please contact Ann Marie Creegan.
What's New in YA Literature
What's New in YA Literature - Two sessions being offered
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Online
In this ALL NEW seminar, Shauna Yusko will share with you virtually the best, NEW YA books from this past year.
Practical Ideas and Strategies:
  • The best, new YA books published in the last year matched with a wealth of ready-to-use ideas and engaging activities for ALL areas of your program
  • A stimulating, high-powered presentation to make you excited about this year’s new books and eager to try them out with your own students
Manuals will be available to the first 75 registrants from Arizona.
If you have any questions please contact Ann Marie Creegan.
Through Strategic Foresight
Join other library staff who understand that we must embrace new pathways to the future in order to succeed in the 21st century landscape of rapid change. Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School is a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and managed by the Connecticut State Library in partnership with The Futures School powered by Kedge.

Apply now to participate in a 3-day virtual professional development opportunity. Applications are due February 1, 2022 for the Southwest Cohort scheduled to convene in March 2022.
Niche Academy Trainings
There are many recent tutorial additions on Niche Academy that are excellent additions to the content that is already there.

  • Storytime 101:Storytime for Beginners is a comprehensive guide to doing storytimes created by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

  • From Compassion to Action: Serving Those with Mental health Challenges in the Library is a training created by Infopeople and the California State Library to help libraries better understand and assist these populations.

  • The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness Training by Ryan Dowd has been renewed for another year.

For access to these trainings or any other trainings on Niche Academy, contact Ann Marie Creegan.
Infopeople Courses
November 16 - December 13
January 11 - February 7, 2022
If you are interested in taking any of these courses contact Ann Marie Creegan.
Scholarships and Opportunities
Library Makerspace Leaders Collective
Are you a leader in library maker programs?
Join us to help build a national Collective of library professionals who support one another to develop and deliver community-centered maker programs. Apply today!

In conjunction with a 2-year IMLS Grant Project The New Face of Library Makerspaces, we are looking for 6-7 libraries to serve as Charter Members to help lay the foundation for a national Collective, and take a leadership role in the project. The libraries chosen will have their profile raised in the field and be featured on both the Makers in the Library and Nation of Makers websites. They will also be at the forefront of leading the direction the field takes on library makerspaces and help decide the priorities for this Collective, the questions we address, and the ways we learn and grow together. 

The Collective will primarily serve libraries that may have been overlooked by the maker community, including small, rural, and those serving high needs communities. This project’s overarching goal is to give voice to libraries that may not feel they have the resources to undertake the building of a maker program and to encourage, support, and elevate the work of library staff that may feel excluded from the larger Maker Movement.  

Project details and application are available on the website Makers In the Library Project staff will be running a live informational sessions on Zoom to tell you more about the project and answer any questions you may have. Please join us on Friday, November 5 @ 9 am PST - Join via this Zoom link.

Applications due by Nov. 15, 2021
Interviews with finalists will take place the weeks of Nov. 29 - Dec. 10, 2021
Announcements will be made no later than Dec. 20, 2021
Media Literacy in Early Childhood
for Youth Library Staff
Erikson Institute's TEC Center is now offering a new IMLS-funded professional development program, Media Literacy in Early Childhood for Youth Library Staff. Recruitment is open for this four-month professional development series, in which participants will spend approximately 10 to 12 hours total in entirely online synchronous and asynchronous learning. Cohorts will be made up of 20-25 youth library staff from across the U.S.
Learn more about the program and apply today at 
Audience: Public and school library staff who either work directly with young children (ages birth through 8 years old) and families, or supervise library staff who do work directly with young children and families.
Incentive: All participants will receive a certificate and a $400 honorarium for their library once they complete the program to compensate for their time. 
American Library Association Scholarships
The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 available to students who are studying in library science or school library media programs at the master's degree level. Get your application in early. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022Read More. 
Continuing Education Scholarship Information

All library personnel employed full-time in Arizona libraries are eligible to apply for a scholarship to learn best practices of librarianship and provide continuing education at their libraries or to the Arizona library community at large.
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.
Leading Big in Small Places
The 2021 cohort of the Next-Level Leadership in Small and Rural Libraries program is hosting a fast-paced conference, LEADING BIG IN SMALL PLACES, to be held online on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 9am – 12:30pm EST.
There will be 15-20 minute presentations that will focus on experiences in community outreach, adapting to new communities, policies and procedures, refreshing your facility and collection, summer reading, 1:1 resume appointments, and more.
Sessions will be archived, and links will be sent to those who register. A self-certification of attendance will be available.
Learn more:
This project is made possible in part by the University of Michigan School of Information, the Library of Michigan, and LSTA funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Public Library Association
PLA is heading to Portland, Oregon for the PLA 2022 Conference, March 23–25!

The PLA 2022 Conference will reflect the innovation, creativity, adaptability, and diversity that has emerged in the public library field since the pandemic. The conference offers over 100 educational sessions, a dynamic slate of speakers, hundreds of vendors featuring the latest in library technology and solutions, and plenty of opportunities to explore the weirdness of Portland. Don’t miss this chance for public library professionals like yourself to reconnect with one another, recreate the services you provide, and revitalize the passion for the work you do every day.

Register now for early bird prices. Register Now (

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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