Half Day Preconference

Powerful Summers: Library-Community-School Partnerships

Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Colorado Convention Center, Room 505-507

This interactive preconference explores strategies and partnerships for summer learning. Find out how summer learning experts, schools, community partners and libraries are working together to address the challenge of summer learning loss by maximizing summer opportunities for youth. Join the conversation on piloting new partnerships, identifying outcomes and exploring new models for summer. Share your experience and get advice, as participants craft a vision for summer. This interactive session will build on research conducted by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Understand the challenge of summer learning loss and demonstrated strategies for libraries to address it. 2: Know how to message the special value of the library in summer learning. 3: Build a mission statement for library-school-community summer learning partnerships.

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.

Tags: Children's Services, Equity of Access, Organizational Change, Partnerships, Youth Services


Emily Samose, Director, Education and Learning Initiatives
Urban Libraries Council, Washington, DC

As Director of Education and Learning Initiatives for ULC, Emily Samose works to identify, advance and promote the innovative and strategic ways that public libraries are essential education institutions and community hubs for learning that advance educational goals for learners of all ages.

Leslie Gabay-Swanston, Director of Community System Building
National Summer Learning Association, Washington, DC

At NSLA, Leslie Gabay-Swanston is responsible for translating NSLA's strategic priorities into services, projects, and partnerships that strengthen summer learning programs and build capacity for providers, intermediaries, and communities.

Liz McChesney, Director, Children Services
Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL

Elizabeth serves the City of Chicago as the citywide Director of Children's Services. She earned a Library Journal Mover's & Shaker's Award in 2014 for her work in repositioning Summer Reading to Summer Learning, and in 2015 CPL won the first Founder's Award for Excellence from NSLA under her leadership. She manages services, staff, programs for Chicago's 80 libraries, leads the mobile STEAM & Stories Preschool Outreach Services and the notable Summer Learning Challenge.

Christy Estrovitz, Manager of Youth Services
San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA

As Manager of Youth Services for San Francisco Public Library, Christy leads programs, partnerships and initiatives for age birth to eighteen. She has seventeen years of public library experience working with youth and families. She serves on the newly formed ALSC Summer Reading and Learning Task Force. When not at the library, she can be found cycling the city with her family.

Cristina Mitra, Family Engagement Coordinator
San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA

Lisa McClure, Community Engagement Manager
Broward County Library, Broward County, FL

Lisa McClure is the Community Engagement Manager at Broward County Library. Ms. McClure directs the planning, creation and delivery of programs and services to the public and assesses community outcomes. Ms. McClure has a Master of Science in Information and Library Studies and a Master of Arts in English Literature. She has presented on summer learning, partnerships, programming, grants, learning labs, grade-level reading, early learning, and community engagement at national conferences and in national webinars.

Jennifer Hoffman, Manager of Books and Borrowing
Denver Public Library, Denver, CO

Jennifer oversees adult and YA circulating collections at Denver's Central Library, system-wide circulation policy, procedure and training and the Denver Public Library's two Reading Rocket bookmobiles. In this role, she collaborates with community partners to facilitate access to library resources that entertain and enrich lives.



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