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PNLA 2019 Conference

Centennial Hotel - Spokane, Washington

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Friday, August 9 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Using a Reading Challenge to Supercharge Your Readers' Services

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Using 10 to Try, the King County Library System's annual reading challenge as a model, we'll explore how and why to offer a theme-based reading challenge in your library. We'll discuss designing a program with goals and outcomes in mind as well as how to implement the program and evaluate your stated outcomes. Reading challenges are easily adaptable for libraries of all sizes, and we'll brainstorm ways you can supersize or downsize a challenge to make it work for your staff and community. We'll also look at the ways that a themed challenge can inspire other readers' advisory efforts, from displays and booklists to staff development, events, and even a podcast.  

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Emily Calkins

Readers Services Program Coordinator, King County Library System Panelist
Emily is the Readers' Services Program Coordinator for the King County Library System, where she specializes in connecting readers with stories, authors, and each other. She is also the co-host of the library’s podcast, The Desk Set. Emily has presented at Emerald City Comicon... Read More →

Friday August 9, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm PDT