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Summer Learning Through Our Public Libraries in a Time of COVID-19

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Summer Learning Through Our Public Libraries in a Time of COVID-19

Presented by Carrie Lane, Youth Services Coordinator, Allegheny County Library Association, PA; and Cristina Mitra, Family Engagement Coordinator, San Francisco Public Library, CA
Hosted by Jennifer Ehehalt, Sr Regional Manager, Common Sense Education

Sponsored by Common Sense Education

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Many families rely on their public libraries during the summertime. In a time of a pandemic, public libraries will be closed during the summer months, and that includes the wonderful face-to-face programming they offer to their communities. How will the pandemic change traditional summer programs in libraries across the nation? What does a summer learning or summer reading program look like now? What can libraries offer that engage kids, relieve families, and restore communities? We invite you to learn how Allegheny County Public Libraries and San Francisco Public Library are reimagining summer programs as a result of the coronavirus.

This edWebinar equips school administrators and classroom educators of all grade levels with resources for families. It provides public librarians with strategies and resources to consider as you pivot to online programming in your communities. We hope you will watch—there’s something for everyone.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to librarians and teachers of all grade levels.


Carrie LaneAbout the Presenter

Carrie Lane is the youth services coordinator at the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this position, she develops partnerships, creates programming, plans professional development, and provides consultation with the 46 county libraries, 72 locations. Prior to joining the team at ACLA, Carrie was the director of the North Versailles Public Library and the Teen Librarian/Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator at Western Allegheny Community Library. She is a graduate of La Roche College and Kent State University.


Cristina MitraCristina E. Mitra is the family engagement coordinator for San Francisco Public Library where she curates city-wide STEM and cultural programs for youth and families, including SFPL’s annual summer learning program. Prior to this, she embodied her passion for Spanish bilingual services as a children’s librarian serving low-income families. A certified Brazelton Touchpoints trainer, she was honored to be part of California State Library’s groundbreaking Touchpoints in Libraries cohort. An active member of the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) since 2013, she most recently served on the 2020 Belpré Book Award Committee.


Jennifer EhehaltAbout the Host

Jennifer Ehehalt is the Pittsburgh Regional Manager at Common Sense Education. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in education. She continues to partner with state-level organizations, school districts, and community organizations across the nation to help integrate Common Sense education resources. Jennifer provides educational leadership through consultation with school districts, professional development (both in-person and virtual), conference presentations, and parent universities. Jennifer sits on the Advisory Council for Kidsburgh and is a champion for Remake Learning Days Across America. Jennifer has a B.S. in elementary education and an M.Ed. in educational leadership. Jennifer was recently named 2019 Alumni of the Year from Edinboro University.


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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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