Youth Services Spring Training Opportunity

Youth Services Spring Training
Monday, April 25, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Scenic Regional Library – Union Branch
251 Union Plaza Dr.
Union, MO 63084

Registration is open now through Saturday, April 16:

Registration cost is FREE for MLA members, with a $10 lunch fee for non-MLA members.

Spring Training is a flexible, personable way to engage in topics that matter to you and your library. The morning will include two, large group sessions that focus on the social and emotional development of children (see below!). The afternoon will consist of three breakout, small group sessions that will be led by you, the attendees. Share your unique knowledge and learn from your amazing peers across the state! 

Lessons from Mister Rogers: Preparing Kids Socially and Emotionally for Kindergarten
Presented by Johnathan Shoff, St. Charles City-County Library

While librarians have long helped kids with early literacy and motor skill development, Lessons from Mister Rogers emphasizes topics to prepare children socially and emotionally for school. This session will cover kindness, self-care, being a friend, respecting all living things, being brave, managing anger, and what to expect at school.

Using Picture Books to Cope and Grow
Presented by April Roy, Kansas City Public Library

ALA Notable Children’s Books Committee Member, April Roy, will share some of the best picture books of 2021 that will help young people cope, escape, feel proud, and advocate. The workshop will include tips for dialogic reading, fun activity ideas, and more. All participants will leave with free books! 

Sponsored by the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI), Missouri Library Association. 

Register today by following this link:

PLCI Mentoring Program: Calling all want to be mentors and mentees

In May 2018, the Public Libraries Community of Interest (PLCI) initiated a program to encourage mentoring relationships between public library employees and new librarians.  We are ready to form new mentor and mentee groups for 2022. Mentors and mentees will be paired early next month, and this first mentoring period will run from mid-February through June. See these guidelines ( and deadlines for this first session below.


PLCI is looking for experienced public library employees who are interested in mentoring new librarians. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and give back to the library community.  Eligible mentors must be members of the Missouri Library Association and have at least 5 years of library experience, with at least 3 years in their current field.  Mentors must work or have worked in a public library and must be able to commit to at least one meeting per month during the mentoring period.  Meetings may be held via Zoom or a similar platform, phone, e-mail, or in person.

If you are interested in being a mentor, please fill out this Google Form by Monday, February 7, 2022.


PLCI is looking for new public librarians who are looking to learn the ropes of the public library profession and learn from an experienced professional. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the public library profession and have a seasoned library professional available to answer questions and give you insight. We will do our best to match you with someone who will help you to achieve your professional goals. Meetings may be held via Zoom or a similar platform, phone, e-mail, or in person.

If you are interested in being a mentee, please fill out this Google Form by Monday, February 7, 2022.

If you have additional questions, please email us at

Thank you!

The Public Library Community of Interest

MLA 2021 Annual Conference

This year’s MLA conference will be held in person at the Doubletree Hilton in Chesterfield (STL metro) from 9/29-9/30. While it has been shortened from to 2 days, we still have all the activities you’ve come to expect and enjoy and truly hope you’ll join us and have a great experience.

Just to get you a little excited:

For those of you who will be in the area on Tuesday night, the Bohley Trivia Night will be held at the hotel.

On Wednesday afternoon Chris Pryor will give the opening Keynote and the exhibits will open at 4pm with a reception followed by the Awards Ceremony to be held this year in the exhibits hall where everyone can stay and celebrate the best of best in Missouri.

On Thursday there will be a Member Meet and Greet followed by the Annual Meeting followed by a closing reception with Keynote speaker Jarret Krosoczka joining us virtually.

We’ve come through a rough year and while it’s not all over yet, we hope this conference can be time to come together, see old friends and colleagues, make new ones and learn from each other.

We look forward to seeing and learning something from each of you. Register today:

Conference @ a Glance Schedule:

Vendor Prospectus and Registration