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FREE for members - In this webinar, we will discuss the origins and guidelines of this award. Recipients will share their award-winning programs involving crafts, video gaming, art, and much more. The bulk of the presentation will focus on the programming!

When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
10:30 AM
Where: Online - a link to this webinar will be mailed the day of the event
United States
Contact: 513-751-4422 ext 10

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 Four Creative Programs for small budgets



In this webinar, learn about four creative programs that cost $100 or less to run. These programs were made possible at the Birmingham Public Library Board through the Innovative and Cool Award, which gave staff funds to create or improve existing programs.  The programs they created will be shared in this webinar:

Recovering the Classics: BPL hosted a exhibit and contest of redesigned covers for classic books as part of the national Recovering the Classics initiative.  Recovering the Classics is a crowdsourced collection of original covers for classic books in the public domain created by illustrators, typographers, and designers of all stripes. Many great classic books in the public domain have poorly designed or auto generated covers, and we often judge a book by its cover. With the popularity of these redesigned covers, Recovering the Classics launched the 50x50 campaign to bring this exhibit of amazing recovered classics posters to libraries and schools everywhere by hosting an exhibit in each of the 50 states, and if possible, have people create their own covers. Birmingham Public Library is representing the state of Alabama and partnered with Books-A-Million to have amazing prizes and increased publicity.

Crochet Class: This class teaches basic, intermediate and advanced crochet skills simultaneously.  Beginning class participants are not required to bring crochet hooks, yarn or crochet patterns; they are supplied by the library.

Retro NES Classic Console: Nintendo released a NES Classic Console, which is smaller than its original NES version from the 1980's. It has 30 games programmed into the small system, which allows you to pick among many classic NES titles. This program allows children of the 1990’s and 2000’s era to experience retro games from the 1980’s.

Art Attack: This is a weekly after-school program geared towards 8-12 year olds. The 4 programs were designed to expose the children to different artistic styles including modern color block painting, American folk art, and dot painting. It culminated with the opportunity for the children to combine styles to create their own canvas masterpiece.

Who should Attend:
  • Adult and Older Adult Programmers
  • Children's Programmers
  • Young Adult Programmers

Competencies covered:

  • Adult and Older Adult Services
  • Children's Services
  • Young Adult Services

About the speakers:

Michael Fagin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Sciences from Miles College, and is currently pursuing a Master of Engineering degree which focuses on Information Engineering and Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  In addition to receiving the Innovative Cool Award, Michael was a two-time recipient of the Anheuser-Busch Legends of the Crown Award (2014, 2015) and participated in Business and STEM Leadership Symposiums offered by Anheuser-Busch Executives.  Mr. Fagin is very passionate about technology education and trends which allow him to be creative, open-minded and a thinker of innovation.

Laura M. Gentry holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Ouachita Baptist University, a Master of Arts in History from The University of Alabama, and a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. Prior to becoming a librarian in the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library, she has worked in two archives and special collections libraries, a public library, and an academic library. In her current position, she is responsible for outreach and digital projects and is passionate about digital preservation.

Maya N. Jones has been employed as Branch Manager of the West End Community Library, Birmingham Public Library (BPL), since 1999. Before her employment with BPL, she was the Reference Librarian and Assistant Director at Troy University-Dothan Campus (1996-1999). She has a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina-Asheville (1993) and MLS from the University of Alabama (1995). She is a past president and officer of the University of Alabama Library School Association Board and was a board member from 2002-2016. As a Branch Manager, she and the West End Community Library staff are committed to finding and implementing innovative programs to engage the West End Community in lifelong learning, cultural enrichment and enjoyment.

Eve Parker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Relations and Economics with concentrations in Psychology and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the Birmingham Public Library as an outreach storyteller in 1998. As a library assistant, she strives to provide her young patrons with new experiences, from math to science to music to art. In 2015 she introduced Ukulele Lending at the Avondale Branch of the Birmingham Public Library. Her belief is that by encouraging her young patrons to realize their creative potential, they will become better innovators, critical thinkers and problem solvers.



Supporting Member Libraries: Free!

Geographic Libraries: $20.00

Out-of-State Libraries: $25.00

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