This guest post brought to you by our friends at NJLA

Your friends in the New Jersey Library Association are having their annual conference this month, and you’re all invited. We’ve put together some in-depth preconference programs that will kick things off on Monday, April 20th. We’ll be talking about everyday library challenges and innovations, featuring great speakers and the chance for you to share what you’ve done.

Long Branch is a fun day trip, and NYLA members can attend at our member rates. Also – NJ Transit trains go right there. You can register online now at – join us!

ESL in Libraries: Communicating with our communities
What if you couldn’t communicate where you live, work or shop? Our metro area is one of the most diverse areas of the country, and its libraries play a crucial role in acclimating newly arrived residents, providing programs and services to help them settle and thrive here. Learn about the different avenues for providing ESL service at your library, and how to formulate programs to meet the needs of your community. Then share ideas with freestyle group conversations – bring your experiences and ideas, we’d love to hear them!

Is Your Library LGBTQI Friendly? Collection development and beyond
This program will focus on collection development for all ages as well as making your library LGBTQI friendly, specifically for teens. Tools to help find those books that aren’t listed in the best of the best. LGBTQI teens have an astounding homelessness rate, and often find themselves looking for a “safe space” to go. How do we let them know that our library is one of these safe places? Brooklyn Public Library’s own Ingrid Abrams will be speaking on this panel, authors will be giving away books – what more could you want?