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3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Room 410

Priya Parker – "Art of Gathering" Live Experience

Author: Priya Parker

This will be an unusual happening: a live, dynamic, large-group event for attendees to experience The Art of Gathering in real time. In this highly interactive special event, Priya will design a live laboratory that demonstrates the ideas of her book and connects us to each other in new ways, while breaking down the anatomy of what actually makes for transformative gatherings. Drawing from her new book, Priya will lead a group experience that demonstrates how gathering is a form of leadership, and then reverse engineer what she does to create this sense of community. The result is a dynamic, memorable, exciting experience that will give you real tools to walk away with and apply to all of the gatherings in your own work and life.  

Concourse Hall

Union Salon - Librarian's Guild and AFSCME Local 3090

Sponsored by AFSCME Locals 2626 (Librarians’ Guild) and 3090 (Clerical Workers).

Calling all Librarian and Clerical staff! Show your Library Worker pride and craft your very own buttons while learning about your Union in a fun, relaxed environment. Meet the people you can call when you need advice about professional concerns or help with workplace conditions. Pick up information about AFSCME membership benefits, learn about how your Union is working every day to make your workplace safe and equitable, and ask how you can get involved! 

Room 407

Chair Yoga

Teacher: Elisa Barretta
Chair Yoga Instructor

Chair Yoga is a gentle yoga class in which students perform postures and breathing exercises with the aid of a chair.  You will utilize the chair as a seat or support to make poses accessible, and to find new ways to stretch and strengthen the body. Benefits include increased balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion, and stress reduction. You will leave class feeling relaxed and refreshed and you can take these postures back to your desk to continue reaping their benefits throughout your workday.

Room 402B

California Center for the Book

Presenter: Julianna Robbins
Program Manager

Do What Matters - Programming for Adults & Intergenerational Groups that Will Help You Grow as a Library Pro!

Come explore how you can help build community with programming opportunities from California Center for the Book (CCFB).This session will focus on 2 CCFB programs that best apply to LAPL: Book to Action; and Californians: Community Conversations with Veterans. The presentation will be followed by a 15 minute conversation/Q&A session. Help inspire the future of adult and intergenerational group programming!

Facebook: @CaliforniaCenterfortheBook
Room 404B

L.A. Mexicano

Author: Bill Esparza

Bill Esparza is the “go-to” authority on Latin American food and culture in the USA. His popular book, L.A. Mexicano showcases LA’s rich and complex Mexican-food culture, including recipes, profiles of restaurateurs and neighborhood guides. In 2016, Esparza won a James Beard award for LA Magazine’s “Taco City” issue. In addition to this published works, Esparza is well-known for sharing his travel and food experiences on his blog and Instagram called “Street Gourmet LA.”

Instagram (It will make you hungry!): @streetgourmetla

Room 404A

LAPL Writes! Juggling a Library and Writing Career at the Same Time

Join us for a discussion with LAPL staffers who are also published authors to learn about how they navigate two careers at the same time and how working at a library has informed their own work.

Moderator:  Christina Rice has been with the Los Angeles Public Library since 2005 and is  currently the Senior Librarian of the Photo Collection. She is the author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel (University Press of Kentucky) and is currently working on a biography of actress Jane Russell. She has been a writer on the My Little Pony (IDW Publishing) comic book series since 2014 and was a contributor to the Femme Magnifique and Where We Live anthologies.
Mary McCoy is the Senior Librarian in the Art, Music, & Recreation Department, and has worked for the Los Angeles Public Library since 2005. She is the author of Dead to Me (Disney-Hyperion), Camp So-and-So (Carolrhoda Lab), and most recently, I, Claudia (Carolrhoda Lab), which was a Junior Library Guild selection.
Catherine Pelonero joined the staff of LAPL in April of this year as an Office Trainee in Volunteer Engagement. Catherine is a true crime author and commentator. Her first book, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences, was published in 2014 and became a New York Times bestseller. She appears on several true crime TV shows including A Crime to Remember, It Takes a Killer, and Murderous Affairs. Catherine’s latest book, Absolute Madness: A True Story of a Serial Killer, Race, and a City Divided, was published in November 2017 and was recently optioned for film.
Glen Creason has been the map librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library for the past twenty-nine years and a reference librarian in the History department since 1979. He was a co-curator of the landmark map exhibit “Los Angeles Unfolded” in 2009 and in October of 2010 he published the book “Los Angeles in Maps” for Rizzolli International. He has written about local history, maps and popular culture for local publications including the Downtown News, Mercators World, the International Map Collectors Society Journal, the Public Historian, the Communicator the Los Angeles Times and Edible Ojai. He blogged weekly on maps for 170 posts as a columnist for Los Angeles Magazine and is a contributor on research topics for the Huffington Post and LAist.
Erica Silverman has been with LAPL since 2006 and is currently the half-time Adult Librarian at the Silver Lake Library, where she facilitates a Life Story Writing workshop. She’s the author of over 30 picture books and early readers, including the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series (the first book was a Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor book), Sholom’s Treasure: How Sholom Aleichem Became a Writer (Sydney Taylor Award), Don’t Fidget a Feather, (California Young Reader Medal) and Big Pumpkin, a perennial Halloween favorite with the preschool set. Her most recent books include Wake Up, City, and the Lana’s World early reader series. Her newest picture book, (launching October 9) is Jack, (Not Jackie), in which big sister Susan learns to understand and accept that her younger sibling identifies as Jack rather than Jackie.
Room 405

LAPL Ted Talks II

Did you know that your seemingly quiet colleague was a cabaret singer? Were you aware of the artistic talent and business acumen your branch’s MC has? Did it occur to you that the LAPL leader you admire is really a shy person?

Learn about the private lives and passions of your fellow staff members when they share their “other side” at the LAPL Ted Talks.

Eva Mitnick, Kevin Smith, Marc Horton and Vincent Zalkind.
Room 405
Room 402A

Collaborate in the Cloud: Google Drive, Docs and Sheets

Presenter: Nicolette Stepakoff
Consultant for G Suite
Looking for ways to improve your productivity and collaborate easily and efficiently with your colleagues across branches and departments? Come learn the latest tips and tricks for getting organized, saving time, and collaborating with Google Apps including Drive, Docs and Sheets.
Room 409AB

Mastering Tough Customer Service Situations

Presenter: Cheryl Gould
Consultant and learning facilitator, has been working with libraries for 23 years to create engaged staff and happy patrons.

Do you face difficult situations that involve customers who seem angry, rude, unreasonable, out of control, threatening – or just plain impossible to please?  In this session we'll look in to what might be going on with these customers and how to work with them for a win-win outcome. We'll also look at setting boundaries when your situation has changed from a customer service situation to a behavior problem.

Room 406AB

Jump Start Your Retirement – Plan for your Future

La Tanya Harris
MBA, Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) • Registered Representative, Voya Financial Advisors • Local retirement counselor for the City of Los Angeles Deferred Compensation Plan
Daniel Powell
Personnel Analyst, Employee Benefits Division, City of Los Angeles Personnel Department Metrics/Communications for the City of Los Angeles Deferred Compensation Plan
Richard Kraus
Librarian III, Business & Economics Dept, Los Angeles Public Library • 2004-2011 member of the City of Los Angeles Board of Deferred Compensation Administration

Learn how to jump start your retirement and plan for your future by meeting with a retirement representative from the City of Los Angeles Deferred Compensation Plan.  Topics of discussion include retirement benefits, retiree health benefits, survivor benefits and more. This session’s mission is make a secure financial future possible by providing educational information to plan, invest, and protect your savings.

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