All five branches of the Palo Alto City Library will be closed on Friday, Aug. 31 for a staff training day. The full day of training is co-hosted by the Palo Alto City Library and the Pacific Library Partnership. Employees will participate in design thinking activities, and hear from a panel of thought leaders and other library participants who will explore what lies ahead for libraries.
“We are looking forward to hearing from experts and grant recipients to learn how new and improved library services are delivered, and deploy these new skills and information in our daily practice,” said Library Director, Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne.
The speakers and topics include:
- Dr. Anmol Chaddha, Research Director of Institute for the Future, on Universal Basic Assets Manifesto
- M Ryan Hess, Palo Alto City Library Digital Initiatives Manager, on Change Literacy: The Library’s Role in an Uneasy Future
- James Keene, Palo Alto City Manager, on Building a Virtual Future for City Government
Representatives from seven libraries in the Bay Area will feature their Pacific Library Partnership Innovation and Technology grant projects. San Mateo County Library, for example, will bring their Lookmobile to the Mitchell Park Library. The mobile is a pop-up learning lab on wheels that highlights San Mateo County's unique composition, features, and perspectives. Sunnyvale Public Library will showcase how they have been using a selfie station at the library to bring friends and family together in the library, as well as promote library services. And, of course, the Palo Alto City Library’s robot, Dewey, will dance and talk to the audience. The library has been offering classes on programming the robot.
Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, Sept. 1. Additional information about Palo Alto’s libraries and hours can be found here.