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PCI Webinars – April 2023

All webinars are held on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Central time. Registration is required. Participants must submit a separate registration form for each webinar you are interested in attending. There is no limit to the number of webinars that an individual can attend.

The views expressed in webinars provided by PCI do not necessarily reflect the views or official policies of the State of Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Education, or the Arkansas State Library.

Addressing Book, Program, Display, and Reading Challenges in the Library

April 5, presented by Lance Werner

There is a national push to levy a variety of challenges to peoples’ Constitutionally protected rights to intellectual freedom and free speech. Library employees and directors have been pushed out, fired, labeled pedophiles or groomers and are under duress. This presentation will cover real world techniques that have been utilized by the presenter with great success when addressing book, program, display, and reading list challenges from individuals, groups, and municipal bodies.

As a result of this program, attendees will learn:

  • The value of knowing your audience
  • How to create challenge forms
  • How to adjust their framing based on audience
  • How to deal with bad actors on boards

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Fewer But Better: Selecting Your “Yes” with Intention

April 12, presented by Rebekah Cummings

Setting healthy boundaries and learning to say no are two of the most difficult professional skills to develop. Yet the cost of permeable boundaries and endless people-pleasing includes burnout, resentment, and disengagement. Paradoxically, too many indiscriminate “yeses” also make us less effective by shifting our focus away from our best work and highest contributions. In this engaging and interactive program, Rebekah Cummings shares her personal journey of digging into the literature on time management, boundaries, and wellness to reclaim her time and build intentionality into her schedule and priorities.

Drawing upon researchers and leaders from various disciplines, this webinar explores practical and theoretical concepts to prioritize our time, mitigate burnout, and identify meaningful and impactful work.

As a result of this program, participants will:

  • Develop and articulate practical strategies for creating healthy boundaries and saying yes and no with intention
  • Examine core beliefs around worthiness, approval, and agency
  • Identify and make space for inspiring, engaging, and impactful work as the antidote to burnout and resentment

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Demystifying Mindfulness

April 19, presented by Aiko Michot

Come take a break from the planning-rushing-doing-trance to reconnect with yourself and be in community! If you have been curious about mindfulness this introductory webinar is a perfect way to get your feet wet!

Join Aiko Michot in an hour-long exploration of the different aspects of mindfulness. We will begin our journey with a guided meditation to enter a state of groundedness and receptivity. This will be followed by a series of fun activities to get an experiential taste of presence and how easy it is to restore our sense of aliveness, clarity and connection to what matters.

Finally, we will step into the magical space of emergence, where an individual’s shared experience or question can catalyze insights for the collective. The hope is to reawaken the richness and joy that is possible when we approach each moment with an attitude of wonder and play.

As a result of this program, attendees will experience how to:

  • Foster the conditions to increase more presence in their day-to-day life
  • Set up a simple, engaging, and fun meditation practice
  • Hold a safe and accepting space to be with difficulties
  • Attune to the underlying motivations that generate compulsive thinking
  • Meet needs for empathy, understanding and compassion just by turning a kind attention inwards
  • Create a container for support, learning and growth for others

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Best Picture Books Published in 2022 for Ages 1-6

April 26, presented by Katie Clausen

Are you looking for new picture books to share in your classroom, curriculum, or collection? This presentation will feature the “best of the best” from the 2022 publishing crop. A variety of books will be featured, including quality read aloud books, distinguished illustrations, and picture books about diversity and inclusion. Don’t miss this hour-long event.

As a result of this program, participants will:

  • Develop a list of new picture books that connect to the preschool and kindergarten audience, both as read aloud performance and one-to-one reading sessions
  • Learn how to choose diverse books for collections and programming, with a wide variety of themes, tones, subjects, and illustration styles. Acquire simple techniques to analyze picture book art
  • Identify books that align with kindergarten readiness skills or Early Learning standards and make connections to other books while discovering new authors and illustrators.

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