2018 Adult Services Symposium


Slides and any associated handouts are now included below. Thank you to everyone who presented and attended. Please remember to complete the POST-EVENT SURVEY at https://goo.gl/forms/qcCZTkoBF3D9msOp1.

2018 ADULT SERVICES SYMPOSIUM – Power of Partnerships

9:30 AM – Check in Begins
Browse the curated share table and pick up more ideas for partnerships & programming.

10:00 AM – Program Begins

Welcome – 10 minutes
Greg Lucas –  California State Librarian
Morgan Pershing – County of Los Angeles, Avalon Library


Go Big or Go Home: How to Find and Keep Kick-A** Partners 15 minutes
Erwin Magbanua – San Diego Public Library
To find the right partners you have to be open to looking beyond traditional community organizations. Think business, technology, public-private partnerships, higher education, the media, and out-of-the-box entities. Learn how engaging these partners allows you to develop exciting programming that attracts droves of people, including those highly coveted millennials.

We’re All Adults Here! – 15 minutes
Paul Sevilla and Carey Jones – Livermore Public Library
Sometimes a super partnership is discovered right under the same roof: Adult Services + Literacy Services = vibrant inclusive programs that engage and inspire!

No Need to Re-Create the Wheel: Building Creative and Engaging Adult Programs Through Local Partnerships – 5 minutes
Crystal Miles – Sacramento Public Library
You too, can have a robust adult program calendar through local partnerships. Learn how to identify, approach, and entice community stakeholders to support the library through programming.

Strengthening Community Connections: Partnering to Promote Effective Programming – 20 minutes
Felicia Kelley – California Humanities & Michelle Gordon – Fresno County Public Library
Community partnerships enable libraries to extend scarce resources, develop relevant and engaging programming, and engage hard-to-reach audiences. Last year, California Humanities’ Library Innovation Lab: Exploring New Ways of Engaging Immigrant Communities program, provided an opportunity for 10 library programmers to develop programs in partnership with immigrant communities. Michelle Gordon will give an overview of her work on this project, which resulted in a live Story Jam event at a downtown theater, a communal potluck and an art show, in partnership with local community organizations!
Strengthening Community Connections Handout



Beyond the Social Worker: Community Services in the Library – 15 minutes
Emily Weak – Oakland Public Library
What do you do if your patrons need services but you can’t afford to hire a social worker? Create a flexible pop-up space where partner organizations can provide drop-in, direct outreach to patrons in need, from tenant help to flu vaccines to mental health services.

From Community Health Fair to “Office Hours” – 15 minutes
Derek Wolfgram & Roz Kutler – Redwood City Public Library
Learn how Redwood City Library is confronting untreated mental health issues by developing stronger and more reciprocal relationships with partner agencies, beginning with a Community Resource Fair and ongoing weekly drop-in social services at the library.

Partnerships that Transform Your Library’s Approach to Homelessness – 15 minutes
Jared Oates – Niche Academy
Examples from libraries that have effectively partnered with non-profit entities, government agencies, churches, and community groups to curate information for the community and facilitate services for the homeless. In this way the library becomes a powerful catalyst for community change. 



Crushing It! Vocational ESL for Wine Industry Workers– 5 minutes
Ellen Dean – Livermore Public Library
A unique pairing of community college ESL instructors and library staff delivering vocational English instruction and an introduction to the library for native Spanish-speaking winery workers.

5 in 5: Programs & Partnerships with CCFB & CLA – 5 minutes
Julianna Robbins – California Center for the Book / California Library Association
5 partnership and programming opportunities: #BookToAction, #CommunityConversations, #RuralLibrariesTour, #ReadConnectDiscover, and #Stand4Redwoods


Inmate Outreach: Sacramento County Jail Partnership – 15 minutes
Jennifer Harmonson – Sacramento Public Library
Learn the insights gained from a public library/county jail partnership that has offered book discussion groups for inmates for over a year!
Inmate Outreach Handout

Reading Inside: Library Services to County Correctional Facilities – 15 minutes
Maile McGrew-Frede, Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Through a unique partnership with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Cruz Public Libraries makes library services and programs available to everyone, even those currently housed in 3 county correctional facilities.
Reading Inside Handout

From the Inside Out: Family2Child Literacy Program– 15 minutes
Rebecca Hill Long  – CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation & Karen McDaniel – Place4Grace
Learn how California correctional facilities are joining ranks with a regional non-profit to bring literacy and parental bonding to children impacted by incarceration.



Placemaking through Partnerships in Florence-Firestone – 10 minutes
Jonathan P. Bell – County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning
A spotlight on the unique Community/County partnership and creative placemaking techniques that defied negative stereotypes to produce A Paseo Through Time in Florence-Firestone the first-ever published history book of this diverse community in South Central LA. Focus on Community/County partnership & the creative placemaking process.

The Power, Strength, and Beauty of the DigiBus – 10 minutes
Shannon Morrison – Fresno County Public Library
This is the story how in one year the Fresno County Public Library made three unique partnerships with local organizations to launch the DigiBus, a mobile digital classroom, to strengthen the community’s job readiness skills.

Connecting Community Through Story – 15 minutes
Andrea Mullarkey – Berkeley Public Library & Nicole Schulert – Whittier Public Library
Learn how two libraries used the power of story to connect people and launch partnerships with other agencies, non-profits and educational institutions.

Unlikely Friendships: Library Edition – 15 minutes
Jennifer Hooker – Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Join librarian and self-promoted trivia mistress Jenn Hooker for a crash course in creating a thriving trivia night, the ins & outs of being a professional smarty-pants, and how to drink beer on the clock without getting in trouble with your boss.

3:00 PM – Program Ends


Need a Hotel Recommendation?
Local symposium planning committee members recommend a few spots below. All are within walking distance of the meeting location (Downtown Sacramento, close to the Convention Center).

  1. Best Western Plus Sutter House
  2. Hyatt Regency Sacramento Downtown
  3. The Citizen Hotel


The 2018 Adult Services Symposium Planning Committee:
Cathy Crosthwaite, Sacramento Public Library
Jennifer Harmonson, Sacramento Public Library
Sally Thomas, Hayward Public Library
Carey Jones, Livermore Public Library
Sarah Vantrease, Sonoma County Library
Morgan Pershing, County of Los Angeles Public Library
Julianna Robbins, California Center for the Book


Big thanks to our hosts at Sacramento Public Library!



Thursday, May 17, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sacramento Central Library – West Meeting Room
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Event on Facebook. Be sure to follow @CaliforniaCenterfortheBook on Facebook and Instagram for updates!

We are excited to announce the program for the 2018 Adult Services Symposium: Power of Partnerships. This event is part of the California Library Association’s Spring Fling series. The symposium is FREE to attend and includes a simple boxed lunch. This event is sponsored by California Center for the Book and the CLA Adult Services Interest Group. California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Transportation and Parking

We encourage you to carpool or take public transit if possible!

Nearest Transit Stop: 9th St & I St (SB)
Parking: See parking options (We recommend parking in the city hall garage)
Train: Amtrak Capital Corridor schedule (4 blocks from library)
Want to carpool? Coordinate by posting on the Facebook event.