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Spring Fling 2018 - Youth Services Institute: Lead, Rise, Resist
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When: Friday, April 27, 2018
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA  94610
United States

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Registration Cost:
$45 CLA members / $55 non-CLA members

Event Contact:
Erik Berman or Kate Hug
Phone: 510-745-1583 or 510-535-5623
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Do you want to be a champion for the children and teens in your community?  Do you want to offer them the tools they need to succeed and thrive?  Are you not sure where to start?  If so, then join the CLA Youth Services Interest Group on April 27th, 2018 at the Lakeside Park Garden Center in Oakland, CA for our annual spring fling.

This year our theme is Lead, Rise, Resist and will cover topics such as:

·         How to stand up for your department and the customers you serve

·         How to be a leader in your organization

·         How to work with your community

·         How to address hot button topics such as social justice in your community.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and network with your colleagues (old and new) and discuss the many challenges facing youth service librarians today.

Presented by the CLA Youth Services Interest Group

Institute Schedule:

9am - Registration with coffee and snacks
9:30am - Welcome
9:45am - Keynote Jodie Geddes of RJOY; Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
11:00am - Session #1
11:55am - Session #2
12:40pm - Lunch on the lawn (meat and veggie lasagna and salads)
1:30pm - Session #3
2:25pm - Author Panel including Inno Nagara, Janine MacBeth, and Robert Liu-Trujillo
3:15pm - Author Book Signing

Sessions Schedule:

Session #1 - 11:00 to 11:45am
Kids - Using your Felt Board for Social Justice
Teens - Social Action-Oriented Programming for Teens

Session #2 - 11:55am to 12:40pm
Kids - We need diverse Storytime books
Teens - Teens Leading Change

Session #3 - 1:30 to 2:15pm
Everyone - Rising Together: Libraries Actively Addressing Youth Homelessness

Keynote Speaker: Jodie Geddes

Jodie Geddes is currently the Community Organizing Coordinator at Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). Her role involves designing and implementing community organizing training for and with young people seeking to examine the intersection of organizing and restorative justice. Jodie uses principles of Community Organizing, speculative fiction, theatre, and other processes to encourage storytelling and action planning for systems change.

She is also the Project Coordinator for the Truth-telling Racial healing, and Reparations Mapping Initiative. The initiative seeks to locate and elevate the voices of individuals and organizations engaging in truth-telling related work in order to design a Truth and Reconciliation Process to address violence against African Americans in the United States.

Author Panel including Inno Nagara, Janine MacBeth and Robert Liu-Trujillo







Oakland-based author Innosanto Nagara was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia and came to the U.S. to study zoology and philosophy at UC Davis. He then moved to the SF Bay Area, where he worked as a graphic designer for a range of activist projects before founding Design Action Collective, a worker-owed design studio serving the movement for social justice. His journey as a children’s book author and illustrator began with the surprise best-seller A is for Activist. He has since written and illustrated a number of other “new wave” children’s books with social justice and activist themes: Counting on Community, My Night in the Planetarium, and The Wedding Portrait. His fifth book, an illustrated chapter book about what makes a movement, will be coming out in the Fall of 2019.

Janine MacBeth has worked on over a dozen picture books while at publishing companies, as a freelance artist, and now as founder of Blood Orange Press, a small independent publishing house dedicated to correcting the invisibility of people of color in children's literature. Janine's on the Editorial Team of M is for Movement, and is the author and illustrator of Oh, Oh, Baby Boy. As a visual artist, she used to illustrate for ColorLines Magazine back when it was a print publication. By day, J9 is Vice President at the Greenlining Institute. She attended working class Oakland Public Schools from kindergarten thru twelfth grade. Janine is an Asian, Black, white, and Native artist born, raised, and raising her kids in Oakland, California.

Robert Liu-Trujillo was born in Oakland, California and raised all across the Bay Area. He a visual artist, father, and a husband who employs the use of illustration, public art, and storytelling to tell tales. These tales manifest in a variety of forms and they reflect his cultural background, dreams, and political / personal beliefs. He is motivated to unearth beautiful and un-told stories, to be a positive and nurturing influence on his son, and to honor his ancestors and family who worked so hard for him to be here.

Robert is also a co-founder of The Trust Your Struggle Collective, a contributor to Rad Dad, and the founder of Come Bien Books.