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! To see a shorter listing of events and how to register, visit our Registration page here.

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 

Learnabouts

Join us for the Learnabout series, where we do a brief, one hour or less, informational webinar on various topics.

View past recording on our YouTube channel here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Learnabouts:

Monday, October 17th @ 4pm: Google Calendar
Monday, November 14th @4pm: Google Meet
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YiqAlyRhQTKvBA3GugqOgQ
Monday, December 12th @ 4pm: Google Secrets
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LUgwndA4QYSrRo8qSxZIOQ
Monday, January 23rd, 2023 @ 4pm: Canva

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!

Talkabout Books: Reading the Rainbow Thursday, May 26, @ 4pm Click here to view this reading list!

 

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 20 @ 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

Audiobooks 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!

Elementary Media Specialist Meetups

The next Elementary Meetup  is scheduled for Thursday Sept 29th at 3:30. The topic is Advocacy
View notes from the previous meetups here:
2021-2022 School Year
Sharing Jamboard
Bookfairs and Library Funding
E-Resources
2022-23 School Year
Back-to-School Edition
Charter School Media Meetups
The first meeting is Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30pm

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!