Events and Programs

Welcome to the new Metronet Events page. Here you will find information about the different types of events we offer, as well as specific details for upcoming events and programs. Check back again to see what’s new!

Metronet Virtual Events Survey

Help Metronet plan for future virtual events. Share your opinion of events you’ve attended or your thoughts if you’ve never attended an event before. All ideas are welcome! Survey is linked here
If you have an idea for a training or webinar, and would like a direct contact, please feel free to email Olivia Moris: olivia@metronet.lib.mn.us 

Events Series

We are starting a new series, Learnabout, where we do a brief, one hour or less, informational webinar on various topics. This is in addition to our two new Talkabout series: Talkabout Books and Talkabout Conversations.

Learnabouts

Learnabout Google Docs

In these days of remote work and distance learning, Google Docs is an increasingly important tool. Attend this webinar to learn some new features of this popular tool, as well as some tips/tricks. You should have a basic working knowledge of Google Docs in order for this to be most useful.

View the recording on our YouTube channel here!

Learnabout Google Drive

Organization, storage, and file sharing are crucial elements in today’s world. This session will explore what Google Drive can do and some of its lesser known secrets. This is a great place to start for those who are new to the Google universe.

View the recording on our YouTube channel here!

 

Learnabout Google Slides

Are you a PowerPoint diehard or are you ready for something new? Google Slides offers a free and user friendly version of this popular presentation software. Come view this Learnabout to understand more of the features and usability of Google Slides. This session will be geared toward beginner and intermediate users.

Who? Beginner and Intermediate level users of Google Slides

When? Monday, January 10 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

 

Learnabout Google Sheets

Spreadsheets can be confusing and complicated. Let us demystify them for you! Join this webinar to learn more about how Google Sheets operates. This session will accommodate beginner and intermediate users. For beginner and Intermediate users of Google Sheets

View the recording on our YouTube channel here!

 

Learnabout Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome web browser can be a valuable tool, especially if you take advantage of extensions. Confused? View this webinar to learn more about Chrome Extensions, how to use them, some of the most productive, and more! For beginner users of Chrome Extensions

View the recording on our YouTube channel here!

 

Learnabout Google Forms

Need to create a survey? Registration form? Attendance? Want to create a feedback form? Google forms is an easy-to-use and versatile tool for creating web forms. This webinar will give the basics and some of the more useful features of this tool. For beginner users of Google Forms

View the recording on our YouTube channel here!

 

Learnabout Google Sites

Are you looking to create a website? Perhaps you want your own home page within your organization’s larger site? You can use Google Sites to create your own free and easy website. Take this webinar to learn the basics of Google Sites and leave with enough information to create your first site. For beginner users of Google Sites

View the recording on our YouTube Channel here!

Talkabout Books Events

We invite you to come and talk books with us! Come to share or come to get some new book recommendations. Registrants will receive a book list the day after the event, and we will post a link to the book list below as well.

Talkabout Books: Book Share Summer Reading Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: Young Adult Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: Horror Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: Holiday Books Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: Sci-Fi/Fantasy is Thursday December 23  @ 4pm Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: Romance is Thursday January 27, 2022 @ 4pm Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: First in Series is Thursday February 24, 2022 @ 4pm Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: Books Into Movies is Thursday March 31, 2022 @ 4pm Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: Books Into Movies is Thursday, April 21, 2022 @ 4pm Click here to view this reading list!

Reading the Rainbow

So much more than a sidekick, right? Let’s talk fiction books that feature LGBTQ+ as the protagonist of the story, no matter the genre. Tell us about your favorites and get inspired in advance of Pride month.

When? Thursday, May 26, @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

LGBTQ+ Fiction Registration

Graphic Novels
Whether for kids or adults, featuring heroes, anti-heroes, or villains, there’s a graphic novel for every reader. Tell us about your favorites, the best series, the best artwork, whatever speaks most loudly to you.

When? Thursday, June 23 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

Graphic Novel Registration

Looking Back: Historical Fiction

Do you like to be transported to another era? Help us narrow down the thousands and thousands of time periods, places, characters, and more featured in historical fiction by sharing your favorites, old and new, in this popular genre.

When? Thursday, July 28 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

Historical Fiction Registration

Woof, Meow, Buzz, & Hoot: Animal Books; both Fiction and Nonfiction
August is known as the dog days of summer, so let’s talk about dogs, or cats, or any animals that feature in the story. They can be the hero or just the cool sidekick, but an animal feature in fiction or any nonfiction worth the read.

When? Thursday, August 25 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

Animal Books Registration

Meta Stories: Books About Books
Most of us like to read about ourselves and adjacent professions. Books about libraries and bookstores are in all genres from literary fiction, to mystery, to romance, to fantasy, and many other genres. We want to hear your favorites that feature librarians or libraries and bookstores.

When? Thursday, September 22 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

Library/Bookstore Registration

A Tale as Old as Time: Fairy Tale Retellings
What’s your favorite fairy tale? Have you ever read a retelling? Let’s talk alternate versions of some of our favorite classics. From Marissa Meyer’s steampunk Cinder to Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series to the recent House of Salt and Sorrows, Erin Craig’s retelling of the Twelve Dancing Sisters, there are some amazing tales reimagined. Share yours and get some new ideas.

When? Thursday, October 27 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

Fairy Tale Retellings Registration

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale: Audiobooks
The long awaited discussion of audio books! Is listening better than reading? Do you read more when you can listen? Let’s discuss the best narrators, if a good book is ruined by bad narration, whether affecting an accent is a good move and more. It’s all about audio books for both the audiophile and bibliophile.

When? Thursday, November 17 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

Audio Books Registration

The Best Medicine: Funny Books

Let’s end the year on a high note, with lists of laughter. Come talk humor books with us, your choice of fiction or non. Maybe you’re a fan of the memoirs of David Sedaris, maybe for you it’s Tina Fey’s Bossypants, or perhaps you have a favorite fiction novelist with a sharp wit. Tell us all about it and let’s create a gut-busting list of books.

When? Thursday, December 22 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

Funny Books Registration

Talkabout Conversations

Library Conversations are a chance to talk about issues and ideas for all types of libraries & their staff. Whether you’re a library media specialist, an academic librarian, a public librarian, or just curious, come chat with us and other librarians and share your thoughts. Or just come and listen, all are welcome here.

Talkabout Conversation #1: Back-to-School Talkabout Click here for the notes from this event!

Talkabout Conversation #2: Holiday Library Ideas Click here for the notes from this event!

Talkabout Conversation #3 – Social Media In Libraries Click here for the notes from this event!

Media Specialist Meetups

The last elementary Media Specialist meetup of 2022 is on May 19 @ 3:30 pm.
Register here!
View notes from the previous meetups here:
Sharing Jamboard
Bookfairs and Library Funding
E-Resources

Professional Development Opportunities

Level Up is managed by the Library Professional Development Network (LPDN), which is an ad hoc group of organizations in Minnesota that offers various types of professional development (PD) to library staff at all levels in all types of libraries. Please visit our Statewide CE calendar here

Minnesota Library Professional Development Network

We are excited to announce the launch of a year-long campaign to support libraries as they grapple with today’s fractured and challenging media landscape.

This campaign will help Minnesota library staff:

  • Understand how people navigate the media and information landscape, and how forces within that landscape influence their navigation.
  • Learn how to build reflection and intentionality into their information consumption.
  • Gain strategies for working with their communities on intentional approaches to information consumption.

Click Here to view Media Landscapes Events

 

Media Landscapes 23 Things Mini-Courses

This new series of mini-courses, created by the seven Minnesota Multitype Library Systems (Multitypes), meets the needs of Minnesota library staff by helping them understand how their users navigate the present media and information landscape, and how forces within that landscape influence their navigation.

It is designed to help library staff engage more deeply with the issues and concepts addressed in the Media Landscapes Campaign. By working together through these Things, we will all have a greater understanding of disinformation, information/digital literacy, and how to address these issues in various ways and in various library settings.

You can find more information, registration, and the mini-courses here: Media Landscapes: 23 Things

 

Youtube Channel

Did you know that we now have a YouTube channel?  Click here to see all of our archived videos!