2:00pm – 3:00pm
Blossoming Opportunities: Making Organic Connections – Maeleah Carlisle, Caitlin Kelley, Michelle Leonard & Ellen Sulzycki
Looking for fresh ideas to meet the needs of your community? Come hear about some exciting organic partnerships: Community Gardening and Education Initiative, See Hear, Feel Film, a children’s visual literacy program, Books and Brew, Family Literacy Fun, Lunch Bunch, and an Art Walk. Maeleah Carlisle of the Forest Park/East Forest Park libraries in Springfield, Caitlin Kelley and Ellen Sulzycki of the Mason Square Library in Springfield, and Michelle Leonard of Faith Church in Springfield will share how these programs developed and why they were successful. Participants will learn how to identify community connections and meet the needs of their own neighborhood.
10:15am – 11:15am
Mental Health 101 – Tammy Boudah, Neil Metzner & Mariellen Woods
Many people in our communities struggle to manage their mental health. Learn how to recognize if someone is struggling, how to de-escalate a potential crisis to maintain a safe environment and how to connect people to help.
2:00pm – 3:00pm
The Healing Library: Lending Healing Experiences to Families – Kirsten Cappy & Megan Emery
Join Kirsten Cappy of Curious City & Megan Emery of the Chattanooga Public Library for an overview on how your library can use The Healing Library for free. These free, lendable kits were designed for families undergoing periods of trauma due to the death of a pet, a loved one developing Alzheimer’s, or the death of a loved one. Each kit comes with discussion guides, activities, acts of kindness, community helpers, and more. This session will go over the basics of the kits as well as how to develop your own kit based on the needs of your community.
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Health Happens Here – Brandi Burrows, Madeleine Charney, Susan Halpin & Ellen Sulzycki
This presentation will share inspiring examples of library spaces, programs, pedagogical approaches and professional development opportunities that awaken, renew and connect us with our patrons, our colleagues, and ourselves. This group will be discussing wellness initiatives in academic and public libraries as well as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Learn about innovative health literacy access, engaging community partners, dedicated meditation spaces and mindfulness-based practices, and attempts to reduce inequities in access to health information. Professional development resources and opportunities for your own well being and resilience will also be addressed, so we may serve our communities more effectively.
9:00am – 10:00am
From Mindfulness to Meditation: Contemplative Practices in Public Spaces – Cathy Okhuysen
How did a 6 week course on Mindfulness in January of 2015 lead to a twice weekly program with a variety of Meditation practices for 20-30 attendees each week? Recommended for programming staff looking to balance emerging technology programs with contemplative offerings as well as anyone who is looking for techniques to quiet the mind for their current contemplative practice. Participants will also experience of one of these practices, Singing Meditation, as a way to focus the mind. No experience required just an open mind and open heart. Attendees will walk away inspired to start a contemplative offering using local resources.
10:15am – 11:15am
“Good Naked:” An Expressive Writing Workshop – Joni B. Cole
Join author and writing teacher Joni B. Cole as she leads participants in this expressive writing workshop that allows library professionals to tap into their own creativity and meaningful material. In this lively, interactive workshop you’ll write from a “prompt” and then be invited to share aloud what you wrote. Expect to be surprised and inspired by what flows from your mind to the page! This workshop also offers participants a more spontaneous, organic forum for conversing about a range of ideas and issues relevant to books, working in the stacks, and how stories may be our best hope for changing the world. Make sure to bring something to write with! (Notepad, laptop, iPad, etc)
Renew, Recharge & Self Compassion – Shelly Masson
Come join us for this interactive and experiential discussion around renewal, recharging and the power of self-compassion. Thru the use of positive social psychology and brain science, we will identify ways to build a renewal routine that has a lasting, positive impact. You will leave feeling uplifted and recharged.
1:30pm – 2:30pm
“I Need a Good Laugh:” How to Give a Laughter-as-Therapy Program in Your Library – Bill Mongelli
Laughter may be our best medicine! A balanced Constructive/Destructive humor style is vital for effective stress management and conflict resolution. Program Objectives include recognizing Constructive and Destructive humor, defining eustress, learning components of Laughter Yoga sessions, and examining the science behind uses of humor/laughter in managing stress. Course content (e,g,. Laughter Yoga, ‘active listening,’ ‘active viewing,’ Humor Journaling, and the pain of Destructive humor) will be discussed. The course curriculum will be available to all who wish to start a humor-as-therapy program. A humor therapy resources/organizations handout will be provided.