Wednesday, October 21, 2020
2:00 - 3:30 PM, ET

Add to Calendar


This is an online event.



Rethinking Programming - Webinar (10/21/20)


As libraries move into a new era, we’re faced with the challenge of balancing the expectations of traditional services and programming while also striving to reach patrons in different and innovative ways due to the pandemic.

In this webinar, we’ll provide ideas and plans for non-traditional library programs and also discuss how to combat the fear of getting out of library comfort zones.

We’ll dispel the notion that certain kinds of programs aren’t applicable to libraries as we take into consideration the ever-changing role that libraries now play in their communities.

Virtual Trainers: Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci

Katie LaMantia is a Collection Development Librarian at Baker & Taylor. She is a former teen advisory board member turned Teen Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, IL. She has a personal and professional appreciation and interest in pop culture and has presented at multiple library conferences about libraries, teen programming, and 20s and 30s programming. She enjoys writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities. 

Emily Vinci is the Fiction Manager at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, IL. Her professional interests are promoting the acquisition and appreciation of comics and graphic novels in libraries as well as creating programming that targets patrons in their 20s and 30s. She presents frequently about pop culture and millennial-targeted programming. She is a fanatic about the pop culture of the 70s, 80s, and 90s and loves spending time curating her many collections of pop culture ephemera. 

The dynamic duo have co-authored three books together: A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018) and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families: 12 Months of Ideas (ALA Editions, 2019)

This is an online class. Access information will be emailed one week ahead.

Cost: NEFLIN classes are free of charge for Florida library staff. Registration is required for all classes and NEFLIN members get priority.