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May 2014

Best of the Best Showcase

May 16, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for our annual "Best of the Best Showcase" featuring a wide variety of programers & performers for adult audiences. Each presenter will give you a "taste" of the program that they would bring to your library. This is a wonderful way to get new ideas for programs as well as network with your peers. Agenda: 9:30 - Registration 9:45 - Opening Remarks & Welcome 10:00 - Performance Showcase 11:30 - Break (10 min) 1:00 - Lunch  

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January 2015

Outreach/Promotion/Programming Creating the Ultimate Social Content Hub

January 23, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stephanie Moritz -is the Head of Communications Marketing at ConAgra Foods, and an Instructor of Social Media at Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy. Stephanie has a passion for many things including brand building and employee engagement.  She will show us how to define and implement a strategy to promote our databases utilizing social media and other resources. Stephanie engages her audience in creating our own plans, and will provide  case study examples. Registration runs 12/1/14 – 1/19/15

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April 2015

Best of the Best Adult Program Showcase (OPP)

April 17, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond
Oak Lawn, IL 60453 United States
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Need fresh ideas for upcoming adult programs at your library? Join us at the LACONI-OPP (Outreach-Programming-Promotions) Best of the Best Showcase on Friday, April 17, at Oak Lawn Public Library. Hear the lively Latin Suenos Jazz band, meet the Men of Omaha Beach, explore Beatlemania, get a lesson in making a beautiful fruit centerpiece, and much more! Doors open and registration begins at 9 a.m. -- enjoy coffee and breakfast goodies. Showcase presenters begin at 9:30 a.m. There's plenty of…

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July 2015

Summer Reading On the Road (OPP)

July 17, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515 United States
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We'd all like to boost participation in our summer reading programs - but how?  Discover ways to take your programs out into the community that can help you reach those elusive non-users (of all ages) and build some great community ties in the process. Jill Miatech, Public Programs Librarian at Kenosha Public Library, will discuss which offsite programs are working for her (and which aren't). Bring your 2014 summer reading club participation numbers and a "must try" idea for the…

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October 2015

Dirty Words with Ben Bizzle (OPP)

October 9, 2015 @ 9:30 am

Ben Bizzle is the director of technology at Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He is a 2013 Library Journal Marketing Mover & Shaker and part of Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library’s 2013 John Cotton Dana Award-winning creative team. He is also a national speaker and library marketing consultant. He pursues technological solutions to the challenges facing libraries in the 21st century. "With a billboard gone viral, a video shared by the author of Fight Club, and a Facebook cover signed…

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January 2016

Bringing Library Stories To Life, Inspiring Your Patrons To Action (OPP)

January 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Elk Grove Village Public Library, 1001 Wellington Ave.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 United States
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Learn to create a story, article, or content piece that's relevant using key insights and information and then bring it to life. Then enjoy a hands-on activity that demonstrates an advertising agency's process of how they come up with themes and then how the story blossoms to life via multiple touch points. Presented by Michelle Weed, Creative Director at Leo Burnett. Michelle joined Leo Burnett in 2010 to create brand experiences that matter. With an expertise in creative concepting, she…

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April 2016

Best of the Best Adult Program Showcase (OPP)

April 29, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60077 United States
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Join us for our annual Best of the Best Presenter Showcase featuring a wide variety of presenters and performers for adult audiences. Each presenter will give you a “taste” of the program that they would bring to your library. It's a great way to get new ideas for programs as well as network with your peers. Performers include Linda Marie Smith (musician), Cherise Slattery (chef), William Pack (storyteller), Tom Kens (motivational speaker), Mark Lyons (cheesemaker), Inderjeet Sidhu (musician), Nancy Plummer (image…

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July 2016

Trust Me, I Don’t Know What I’m Doing: Marketing & Design Strategies (OPP)

July 29, 2016 @ 9:30 am
Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Hwy
Homewood, IL 60430 United States
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A graphic designer who’s worked in marketing departments and with marketing professionals in libraries and beyond, Tom Deja will share his approach to marketing in general and marketing and design for libraries specifically. Some nuts and bolts advice for getting the most out of your designs if you’re a non-professional and some helpful tips on working with design professionals, especially for people who don’t do so on a regular basis, also included. During his 20-plus years as a creative professional,…

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October 2016

Low-Cost Adult Program Ideas (OPP)

October 28, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Rd
Joliet, IL 60431 United States
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Need fresh ideas for low-cost programs? We’ll introduce you to speakers who are willing to travel for a cost that fits your budget. We’ll also share program ideas you can replicate yourself on any budget. Community resources (organizations and businesses make great partners!) will also be presented. Registration includes coffee, light breakfast, program, and a box lunch. To view the complete Best of the Best database of presenters, visit http://bestofthebest.laconi.net. Agenda 10:00 a.m. Program begins 10:05 - 11:20 a.m. Presentations…

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January 2017

Innovative Community Engagement (OPP)

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Barrington Area Library, 505 N Northwest Hwy
Barrington , IL 60010 United States
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Community engagement can include residency programs, self-publishing platforms, workshops and other services with and for artists and makers of all skill levels. Laura Damon-Moore and Trent Miller from Madison Public Library will share an in-depth exploration of MPL’s pop-up Bubbler program, where local creatives are employed to offer hands-on activities for people of all ages. Join us in a win-win for artists, makers, tinkerers and innovators engaging with communities through libraries.   10:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast 10:30 a.m. Program…

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