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WSL Updates for November 6, 2014

Volume 10, November 6, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2015

3) FREE BOOKS FOR WASHINGTON LIBRARIES

4) EARLY LEARNING STEM INSTITUTE

5) CAYAS FALL WORKSHOP REGISTRATION OPEN

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) allows public and community college libraries to be considered additional One-Stop (Worksource) partners and authorizes adult education and literacy activities provided by public and community college libraries as an allowable statewide employment and training activity.

The modification of the Workforce Investment Act to WIOA (IO = Innovation and Opportunity) prohibits federal supervision or control over selection of library resources and authorizes adult education and literacy activities provided by public libraries as an allowable statewide employment and training activity. Additionally, the law defines digital literacy skills as a workforce preparation activity.

The American Library Association hosted a webinar about WIOA on October 27. View a recorded archive of the event and a downloadable version of the slides.

Elizabeth Iaukea, Project Manager for the Washington State Library Microsoft IT Academy, would like to host a webinar to discuss WIOA and the opportunities available to Washington libraries. If you are interested in this discussion, please contact Elizabeth at Elizabeth.iaukea@sos.wa.gov or 360-570-5578.

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2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2015

The Letters About Literature annual contest has begun! Please encourage the teachers and students in grades 4 – 12 at your school or in your library area to participate. Homeschoolers are welcome as well.

  • Level 3 (grades 9-12) entries must be postmarked by December 15th.
  • Level 1 (grades 4-6) and Level 2 (grades 7-8) entries must be postmarked by January 15, 2015.

This is the tenth year Washington State Library has sponsored Letters About Literature. To learn more about this year’s contest and/or to print the entry form and participation guidelines for your library patrons, please visit Letters About Literature 2015.

For additional information, contact Crystal Lentz at crystal.lentz@sos.wa.gov or 360.704.5275.

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3) FREE BOOKS FOR WASHINGTON LIBRARIES

Thanks to the generosity of Kitsap Regional Library, Pierce County Library, and Seattle Public Library Foundation, Washington State Library has the following titles to distribute for reading club kits or as a community read to any public or school library within Washington State:

  •  For All of Us, One Today by Richard Blanco (poetry in English and Spanish) – 240 copies
  • The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadorin (fiction) – 24 copies
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (fiction) – 50 copies
  • Stories for Boys: A Memoir by Gregory Martin (nonfiction) – 74 copies

Usually a minimum order of 5 copies of the same title is required but we are offering a mix and match special on these titles, minimum of 5 total books per order.

These will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at no charge to the requestor.

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4) EARLY LEARNING STEM INSTITUTE

The 2014 Early Learning STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Institute, presented by the Early Learning Public Library Partnership (ELPLP) and the Washington State Head Start/ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) Association will include sessions on the following topics:

  • Math Common Core and its relation to early learning;
  • Project VIEWS2 and the benefits of storytime;
  • Integrating STEM in the classroom.

Institute specifics:

  • What: Washington Early Learning STEM Institute
  • When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST
  • Where: The Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (Exit 158 off Interstate 5)
  • Registration: Free for ELPLP members; $100 for non-members; registration deadline is Monday, November 24. To register, go to sos.wa.gov/q/ThriveSTEM14
  • Questions? Contact Susan Yang, Program Director at Thrive by Five Washington at susan@thrivebyfivewa.org or 206.621.5573.

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5) CAYAS FALL WORKSHOP REGISTRATION OPEN

Registration is now open for the 2014 CAYAS Fall Workshop.CAYAS (Children’s & Young Adults Services) is proud to bring you the 2014 Fall Workshop. This year’s workshop is a confluence of trendsetters in children’s and young adult services programming.

Friday, November 21, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • King County Library System Service Center
  • 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, Washington 98027

For more information, please contact Jose M. Garcia, Jr. at 253-931-3018. CAYAS is an interest group of the Washington Library Association.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

November 10

November 11

November 12

November 13

November 14

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For more information and to register (unless otherwise linked above), visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

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