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Spring Fling in Fall 2020
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Fall Edition - October 12 - 23

Professional Development and Networking Program

When the pandemic hit earlier this year, we made the decision to cancel the Spring Fling programming that was scheduled for May 2020. With guidance from the CLA Interest Group Committee, the following CLA Interest Groups are honored to offer programming aimed at providing new skills, cultural activities, and provide a way to participate with people who share your same interests! Please plan on joining us during the weeks of October 12th and 19th when CLA presents Spring Fling Fall Edition!

Programming is still being developed, so continue to check the CLA Spring Fling page or CLA Calendar for information on current and additional programs.

Registration discounts are available for CLA Individual Voting and Supporting members. If you are not a member, we encourage you to join today!  

Please click on the title of the program to register.

Spring Fling Fall Edition Events

Let the Virtual Games Begin!
Date: October 14
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Interest Group: Games and Gaming
Contact: Amy Kleman -
Are you wondering how best to move your in-person gaming events online? Or have you tried it but it just isn’t going smoothly? Join Youth Services Librarians from Oceanside Public Library as they detail their experiences hosting Virtual Game Nights for all ages this past year, including their tips and tricks that were learned along the way (sometimes the hard way!). OPL has hosted All Ages Game Nights, Tween/Teen Only Game Nights, and Adults Only Game Nights and each one is presented differently based on the audience and their interests and technology needs. Suggestions for the best games to play and websites to use will be discussed, as well as some of the issues that may arise during your events and how to handle them. Q&A and discussion will follow.

Amy Kleman, Senior Librarian, Teen Services at Oceanside Public Library and
Erin Nakasone, Librarian II, Youth Services at Oceanside Public Library

Saving Your Library’s History on a Shoestring
Date: October 16
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Interest Group: Library History
Contact: Cindy Mediavilla -
Have you ever seen a piece of artwork in your library and thought, “Where did that come from?” Or have you wondered what the summer reading program theme at your library was ten years ago? What was the name of the architect that designed your library's building? Many librarians struggle to maintain an accurate and comprehensive record of their history. Though creating an archive for your library's history may seem like an insurmountable challenge, it is possible! This program will provide a simple overview of what needs to be done to ensure that your library’s unique history is maintained and accessible for years to come. You will gain the basic tools to begin recording and storing your library's history—no matter how limited your resources are.

Olivia Radbill, Local History Librarian, South Pasadena Public Library
Ariella Mason, Librarian II, Fresno County Public Library

First Steps Towards Academic Employment – Crafting a CV and Cover Letter
Date: October 19
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Interest Group: Special Libraries
Contact: Joy Rodriguez -
In this interactive workshop, high quality CVs and Cover Letters will be presented and examined, and tips and suggestions on how to craft a CV and Cover letter will be provided. This workshop is designed for both new librarians and librarians interested in moving into academic librarianship. This workshop will start with finding vacancy announcements, move towards crafting an appropriate and impactful cover letter and CV, and end with what to expect for next steps if a candidate is successful in obtaining in their initial application. Some time at the end will be provided for questions, however this will not be a workshop to provide personalized assistance.

Rachel Keiko Stark, MS, AHIP, Health Sciences Librarian, Sacramento State

The Past is Present: Step into the Octavia Butler Collection at the Huntington
Date: October 20
Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Interest Group: African American Librarians

Contact: Jené D. Brown -
Octavia Butler says “To survive Let the past Teach you”, join the African American Librarians Interest Group as we explore the Octavia Butler collection and Black Librarian futures.

Special Guest:
Assistant Curator of the Literary Collection at the Huntington, Natalie Russell

CLA's Summer @ Your Library Program Committee’s Summer 2021 READING COLORS YOUR WORLD Programming Showcase
Date: October 22nd
Time: 11am - Noon
Group: Summer @ Your Library
Contact: Trish Garone -

Lots of Great Ideas for iREAD® 2021 Summer Reading Program! iREAD’s 2021 summer reading theme is Reading Colors Your World. Presentations from iREAD and California’s Summer at Your Library Program Committee will address programming ideas for all ages, as well as outreach and inclusion, virtual programming & distance friendly non-digital program ideas, and much more! Learn how to best provide summer reading and learning for early learners, children, tweens, teens, and adults in this fun and fast-paced session!

The iREAD Summer Reading Resource Guides and artwork are provided free-of-charge to all interested California public libraries thanks to IMLS/LSTA funding. The Resource Guide is created in partnership with the Illinois Library Association’s iREAD program — a leader in summer reading program development for over 30 years.

Please note:

  • Spring Fling Fall Edition webinar rates are based on each individual and each program:
     • $30 non-members
     • $20 CLA members
     • $15 student members
  • All events are non-refundable.
  • Discounted CLA member rates: person must be an Individual Voting or Supporting CLA member to receive the discounted member rate for workshops or webinars. 
  • Webinars will be recorded and the recording will be made available to all registrants at a later date at no extra fee.
  • Your registration for a Spring Fling Fall Edition program constitutes permission to utilize photos taken of you at the event for news, promotion, and similar purposes.
  • If you have questions, please contact Holly Macriss, CLA Interest Groups and Awards Coordinator, at

The Exploring and Creating Safe Places for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Staff is being postponed.