Register & Read: 4th Annual Adult Services Symposium

We opened the registration on Monday, February 3rd for the 4th Annual Adult Services Symposium. Four days later, we are a little more than half full. If you’d like to attend, please get those requests in to your library systems and plan to register soon! We are intentionally capping attendance at 150. The group of 150 is one in which everybody can still meet everybody, if the intention is there and the effort is made. – The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker

What to Expect

During you the Symposium, you can expect a full day of learning, discussion, and discovery. All presentations will be moderated panels. Slides will be limited. Doors open at 9:15. Coffee, pastries, and meet & greet until 10. Panels run from 10 until about 3:30 (lunch is included) and will be followed by break out table discussions and wrap up. We’ll close at 4pm. Thanks to Sacramento Library, we will be gathering in the beautiful Galleria, together in one space.
We are really excited about the line-up of speakers we have for you this year, from Library Assistant to Library Director, we are able to hear from staff at different levels and from across the state.

Topics covered will include:

  • Reading Conspicuously for Adults: Podcast Adventures
  • Intergenerational Storytime: Seniors & Preschool Together
  • Using Poetry & Writing to Bring People Together: Stories from Fresno’s First Poet Laureate
  • Conversations about Eviction & Fair Housing: a Partnership with the Fresno Housing Authority
  • Library Link Volunteers: Creating Responsive Relationships with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities
  • Zine Fronteras: Gathering Stories & Experieces from Historically Marginalized Communities
  • Wrinkles: an Alzheimer’s and Oral History Book to Action series
  • Enrique’s Journey: Bringing a Community Together through Art & Reading
  • There, There: Partnerships & Lessons from One City One Book
  • Heart of Oakland: Library as Social Services Partner
  • Mental Health Awareness Month: Partnerships & Best Practices
  • Conversations about Mental Health: Engaging the Monterey Park Community


This grant-funded professional development is free to attend, and we’re able to offer travel reimbursement for those traveling from rural areas and for about 20 staff members currently participating in the Mental Health Initiative. Funds are limited, so please register soon and be sure to indicate the rural or MHI reimbursement estimate on the registration if they apply. Everyone is invited to attend our non-grant funded casual meet up the evening before the Symposium. More details will be posted soon.

Featured Book

Already registered? Great!  If possible, please join us in reading the Art of Gathering: How We Meet & Why It Matters by Priya Parker. Also, please make your plans for travel soon.

Learn more about traveling to the Symposium and REGISTER at: