Community Connections: Building Library Partnerships to Improve the Lives of all Youth

When:  Apr 14, 2017 from 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM (PT)

ACL Institute 2017

Community Connections: Building Library Partnerships to Improve the Lives of All Youth

Friday, April 14


San Francisco Main Library


Please join us for an inspiring and informative day exploring the meaning and importance of community engagement for Children’s Librarians.


Among the day’s activities:


- "We Say Yes," featuring Christy Estrovitz, Manager of Youth Services San Francisco Public Library, and Klaine Justo, Youth Intern San Francisco Public Library


- A panel about bringing social justice to youth services, featuring ALA 2016 Mover & Shaker Amita Lonial; REFORMA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Sandra Ríos Balderrama; Miriam Medow, Children's Librarian, Oakland Public Library; and Sheryl Davis, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission


- A panel about school and public library collaborations featuring Nina Lindsay, ALSC Vice-President/President-Elect and Oakland Public Library Supervising Librarian for Children's Services; Amy Cheney, Library Manager for Oakland Unified School District; Chris Durr, Sacramento Public Library; Armin Arethna, Berkeley Public Library; and Mary Ann Scheuer, Berkeley Unified School District. Moderated by Melissa Morwood


- Two breakout sessions: one about creative ways to pay for collaborations featuring Angela Ocana, Santa Clara Public Library, and Amber Barron, Mt. Diablo School District, and one about training community members to bring literacy activities beyond the library walls, featuring Rochelle Venuto, Oakland Public Library’s Books for Wider Horizons, and Chris Spitzel, Pleasanton Public Library’s Booktalkers


Registration for the Institute is now open at  Scholarships are available.


For more information about ACL Institute 2017, including how to apply for a scholarship, please email Erin Wilson at or