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Program Planners Section

Mission

To champion and advance the practice of Program Planning statewide by means of, but not limited to: providing educational opportunities and resources to libraries, librarians, and all library workers; creating a cohesive statewide database of shared programming resources, tools, and policies; sharing best practices for in-library, out of library, and virtual events; and finding creative ways to connect the broadest range of community members with our library programs and services.

Our Executive Board Committee

Our Committee Chairs

Meena Jain - Chair
she/her/hers
Ashland Public Library
Library Director
Favorite Program: Virtual Romance Panel on the appeals of 80's bodice rippers in the Me, Too Era (2020, link to recording)

Robert Hayes - Vice-Chair
he/him/his
Tewksbury Public Library
Community Outreach Librarian & Head of Technical Services
Favorite Program: organizing the Annual Tewksbury Human Library event as a safe way for people to confront conscious and unconscious prejudices & stereotypes they may have about other members of their community

Quincy Knapp - Secretary
she/her/hers
Wellesley Free Library
Children's Librarian
Favorite Program: Read to a Dog

Ona Ridenour - Treasurer
she/her/hers
Beverly Public Library
Head of Communications
Favorite Program: The Typewriter Project, a collaboration with Montserrat College of Art. An exhibit of typewriter-themed art with a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra.

Betsy Perry - Conference Committee Liaison
She/her/hers
Conant Library
Sterling
Director
Favorite program: Dissecting owl pellets

Hilary Umbreit - DEI Liaison
they / them
Morrill Memorial Library
Norwood
Adult Services Librarian
Favorite Program: "Royal Panel: Drag Performers in Conversation" (June 2020, link to recording)

Robin Brenner - Teen Programming Chair

Elizabeth McKinstry - Nominating Chair
she/her/hers
Springfield City Library
Training and Programming Librarian
Favorite Program: Human Library programs or How to Submit FOIA Requests

Kate Tigue - Children's Programming Chair
she/her/hers
Morrill Memorial Library
Town of Norwood
Head of Youth Services
Favorite program: Outdoor Art Play! We partnered with another child focused community organization to use their outdoor space (our library has none) to provide a fun process art program for preschoolers during the pandemic. It was so fun and surprisingly a great idea to take messy art projects outside.

Gabriela Toth - Adult Programming Chair
she/her/hers
Peabody Institute Library
Senior Adult Services and Programming Librarian
Favorite program(s): Zoom Q&A session with Broadway actress Anika Larson; Card making workshops and other hands-on activities.
Ellen Meyers - Best Practices (aka Program Planning Warriors) Chair
      she/her/hers
Newton Free Library
Programs and Communications
Favorite program: I couldn't possibly pick one program though those that contribute to the greater good and focus on anti-racism, climate change and equity/inclusion, are high on the list.

Open Committee Positions

LIS Student Liaison

PR Committee Chair

Statewide Database/Technology Chair




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