Presentation at Public Library Association: Finding Joy

Hey all – I hope you had a good break!

Our session at PLA went well! We think we had almost 1000 people in the room. Here’s the blurb:

Finding Joy: Library as Space for Playful Learning and Creativity

We keep returning to the idea of “taking care” as we move into a post-pandemic world. We have been taking care of ourselves, our families and friends, and others in the world. Now we return to tending to the needs of our users: offering a safe space for every person who comes through our doors to learn and grow, designing welcoming spaces for folks to come together to collaborate and exchange ideas, creating thriving digital communities, and providing participatory services to promote learning and well-being. What we want for everyone we serve is Joy.

This participatory session, focused on Library as Space for Playful Learning and Creativity, will be all about finding ways to instill joy in folks as they return to our libraries and cultural institutions. Participants will engage around creating joyful adventures focused on: Learning  / Experience / Story

We gathered ideas from the group on sticky notes. Stacie created a document for us and also shared the slides:

10 thoughts on “Presentation at Public Library Association: Finding Joy

    1. Gretchen G.

      What a sweet boy. Very proud with his hedgehog. Clearly so happy and very much loved. Animals capture our hearts and give us such compassion and love in return. Jeffrey would add they also have the patience of saints in dealing with humans 😉

  1. Megan Bowyer

    @michael I joined my library system’s strategic planning team and as we were kicking around ideas for our mission statement I used the words joy, enjoy, enjoyment. I am like a dog with a bone with this concept and refuse to let it go. I love this presentation! I think it is so necessary. I spend the majority of my waking hours each week in my library and I want to enjoy it. I know that it is not possible to be constantly joyous, but I do believe there are so many ways to tip the scales in your favor as the ideas you gathered show. Truly inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Michael Stephens Post author

      @meganbowyer Thank you! I think it’s great you are on the strategic planning team. That is excellent experience for you to have during the program and also be sure to keep some record of it because I think it would apply very well to your portfolio right before you graduate. Thanks for your kind words again about our session.

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