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Building Resilient Communities Online and In Person

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From childhood trauma to dementia, and from social emotional challenges to mental wellness knowledge, libraries and their partners can train staff and community to build resiliency. The invisible bonds that bind our communities together are more evident than ever. In this time of crisis, take an hour to pause, breathe, listen, participate and reflect along with staff at the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois, an IMLS National Medal recipient. Examine your library partnerships and community assets and learn how to empower your staff, your patrons and your community, online and in person, with tried and true tools that you can use to build a more resilient community.

Billie Jo Moffett Director of Studio 270, Information Services
Billie currently works at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL as Director of Studio 270, High School Teen Center and Digital Media Lab, where she enjoys using her skills and talents to help customers learn emerging technologies, create art in physical and digital mediums, and even help with calculus homework from time to time. Currently Billie is working to strengthen partnerships with the community and teens, she is on the Alignment A-Team for Trauma Informed Care, an ACE Interface Trainer, a member of the Restorative Practice Subcommittee Juvenile Justice Council of Kane County, as well as partnering with the Elgin Police Department, the YWCA, and Youth Outlook

Angela BouqueSouth Elgin Branch Manager, Neighborhood Services
Angela enjoys running a public library branch, planning innovative programs, facilitating story-times, being a member of TRIAD, serving on the Metropolitan Mayors' Caucus: Age-friendly Communities Committee, helping facilitate the Elgin Memory Cafe and sitting on the Dementia Friendly Elgin Advisory Board. She studied gerontology as an undergraduate, did her internship with Road Scholars, worked in a Memory Care facility and was trained as an Alzheimer’s Association In-Home Respite Aid before continuing her gerontology graduate studies and getting her Master’s in Library and Information Sciences. She now identifies as part of the “Sandwich Generation” because she attends to her aging parents while raising six children!

Glenna GodinskyLife Enrichment Liaison, Community Services and Program Development
Glenna is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, is trained on Azura's Virtual Dementia Tour, and is a Stress Busters Program Moderator. She has a background in special education and helped run a nonprofit arts program for at-risk students. Glenna leads a volunteer team of 12 who develop/implement programming for 24 care communities in her district, serving 400 each month. When Glenna’s mom developed Lewy Body Dementia and lived for 4 years with Glenna’s family, support was scarce. Glenna was inspired to create innovative programs to support caregivers and their loved ones. In August, 2018 Glenna collaborated with local businesses and agencies to open and moderate the Elgin Memory Café. In November, 2018, she helped open and co-moderates a bilingual memory café, Café de los Recuerdos, also located in Elgin, IL. Glenna co-directs the Advisory Council for Dementia-Friendly Elgin through Dementia Friendly America and serves on the Metropolitan Mayors' Caucus: Age-Friendly Communities Committee.

Danielle Henson Community Collaboration Coordinator, Community Services and Program Development
Danielle weaves library service at community tables and brings valuable resources and training back into the library to support staff. Library liaison to Alignment Collaborative for Education for School District U-46 and the Trauma A-Team wellness team co-chair, Kane County Juvenile Justice Council Restorative Practice subcommittee co-chair, Activate Elgin community wellness coalition co-chair, March into Health, chair, Elgin International City of Peace, chair, YWCA Betty Brown Racial Justice Award recipient 2017. Training in areas related to Restorative Practice, ACEs, Mental Health First Aid, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Social Emotional Learning and Kingian Nonviolence.


Due to high demand, we are accepting up to 750 registrations for this event, but only the first 500 viewers will be able to attend live. The webinar room will open about 15 minutes before the start of the event, and we recommend you arrive early. Everyone who registers will receive an email with a link to the recording within two weeks following the webinar.

Friday, May 1, 2020
11:00am - 12:30pm
Region/Office: National
May 1, 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM CT
Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist

Class Overview

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