Thursday, February 22

9:00 AM–1:00 PM: Optional Tour. Space is limited and sign-up is required.

9:00 AM: Bus pick up at the Holiday Inn Port of Miami-Downtown | 340 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

9:20 AM: Arrive at Miami Beach Regional Library

Miami-Dade Public Library System
Miami-Dade County

The Miami Beach Regional Library, located one block from the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of South Beach, is a spacious two-story building that features several meeting rooms, an outdoor courtyard, a gallery and a café area. Its large lobby windows are complemented by colorful artwork. The second floor children’s area features a space for storytelling and early literacy events as well as YOUmake Miami—a makerspace for creative collaboration from crafts to classes to interactive technology for people of all ages.

10:00 AM: Depart Miami Beach Regional Library

10:20 AM: Arrive and Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of ScienceA planetarium, aquarium and science museum–explore it all at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park. Discover Miami’s newest home for the ever-curious and explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in an experiential setting with interactive exhibitions and dynamic shows. You’ll learn about the core science behind living systems, the solar system and known universe, the physics of flight, light, and lasers, the biology of the human body and mind, and much more.

11:00 AM: Depart Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

11:15 AM: Arrive at HistoryMiami Museum

HistoryMiami MuseumHistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the premier cultural institution committed to collecting, preserving, and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. Through exhibitions, artistic endeavors, city tours, education, research, collections, and publications, HistoryMiami Museum works to help everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami’s future. HistoryMiami Museum connects people by telling the stories of Miami’s communities, individuals, places, and events.

12:00 PM: Depart HistoryMiami Museum

Boxed lunch will be provided to tour participants at the end of the tour.

Sign up for the tour here.

1:00–2:00 PM: Registration and Networking (Miami-Dade Public Library System–Main Branch)

2:00–2:10 PM: Opening Remarks

Ray Baker, Director, Miami-Dade Public Library System
Kiera Parrott, Reviews Director, Library Journal & School Library Journal
Meredith Schwartz, Executive Editor, Library Journal

2:10–2:55 PM: Keynote: Renée Wilson-Simmons, Doctor of Public Health

Renée Wilson-Simmons, DrPH, Director, National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University‚Äôs Mailman School of Public Health

2:55–3:05 PM: Lightning Talk 1

3:05–3:20 PM: Break

3:20–4:05 PM: Panel: Reaching the Whole Family, Kids First

While public library services, spaces, and programming are often segregated by age group (children, teens, adults, seniors), many libraries are finding success by engaging their community members through a “whole family” approach, oftentimes making first contact via the youngest family members. This panel will take a look at a variety of public library partnerships and initiatives such as those aimed at immigrants, prisoners, active duty service members, and more.

Nick Higgins, Director of Outreach Services, Brooklyn Public Library (NY)
Sophie Maier, Immigrant Services Librarian, Iroquois Branch, Louisville Free Public Library (KY)
Jill Youngs, Manager of Cicero Branch, Northern Onondaga County Public Library (NY)

Meredith Schwartz, Executive Editor, Library Journal

4:05–4:15 PM: Lightning Talk 2

4:15–5:00 PM: Breakouts/Deep Dives

In-depth discussions of trends, ideas, and best practices incorporating topics and voices from the previous panel.

5:00–6:00 PM: Welcome Reception (Miami-Dade Public Library System–Main Branch)


Friday, February 23

8:00–8:50 AM: Breakfast and Welcome (Miami-Dade Public Library System–Main Branch)

8:50–9:00 AM: Lightning Talk 3

9:00–9:45 AM: Sustainability and Future Thinking–Youth in the Lead

Presented by:
Lisa G. Kropp, Director, Lindenhurst Memorial Library (NY)
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System (NY)

9:45–9:55 AM: Lightning Talk 4

9:55–10:40 AM: Panel: Tackling the Tough Questions with Kids, Tweens, and Teens

Though issues such as racism, gender discrimination, bullying, and substance abuse are not new, recent headlines and political events have brought them to the forefront, and studies have shown that failing to address such things early does not protect children. How libraries engage young people around these “tough topics” in an age appropriate way can be complicated—and crucial.

Debra Rhodes Gibson, Library System Director, St. Johns County Public Library System (FL)
Erin Hoopes, Library Supervisor, Free Library of Philadelphia
Aaron Mason, Director of Outreach & Programming Services, Cleveland Public Library
Angel Tucker, Youth Services Manager, Johnson County Public Library (KS)

Kiera Parrott, Reviews Director, Library Journal & School Library Journal

10:40–10:50 AM: Lightning Talk 5

10:50–11:05 AM: Break

11:05–12:00 PM: Breakouts/Deep Dives

In-depth discussions of trends, ideas, and best practices incorporating topics and voices from the previous two panels.

12:00–1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00–1:50 PM: Panel: Really Ready—For Anything

“Lifelong Learning” has long been a core mission of the public library. From preparing the very youngest for school to helping teens chart their path post-high school to equipping teens and 20-somethings with basic “adulting” skills to helping patrons of all ages learn to code, public libraries are readying their users for whatever life throws at them.

Georgia Coleman, Chief Customer Officer, Richland Library (SC)
Brian Kenney, Director, White Plains Public Library (NY)
Robin Newell, Executive Director, Emporia Public Library (KS)
Bridget Quinn-Carey, CEO, Hartford Public Library (CT)

Sue Cvejanovich, Assistant Director, Miami-Dade Public Library System

1:50–2:00 PM: Lightning Talk 6

2:00–3:00 PM: Breakouts/Deep Dives

In-depth discussions of trends, ideas, best practices incorporating topics and voices from the previous panel.

3:00–3:15 PM: Break

3:15–3:45 PM: Author Keynote

Sherri Winston, The Sweetest Sound (Little, Brown and Company)

3:45–4:00 PM: Closing Remarks