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2023 PLD Midwinter Conference
Thursday, January 26, 2023, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
Category: Event

Homewood Public Library
1721 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL 35209

Deadline to pre-register is: January 19, 2023.

Register On Site (No Lunch Option)

Registration Costs:

  • Full day with lunch (member) = $45
  • Full day with lunch (non-member) = $55
  • Full day with NO lunch (member) = $35
  • Full day with NO lunch (non-member) = $45

Contact Wendy Geist ([email protected] or 205.332.6621) if you have any questions about the conference or Jodi Poe ([email protected] or 256.782.8103) if you have any issues registering.


8:00 AM - 8:45 AM REGISTRATION, Coffee & Pastries

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:45AM Keynote (VIRTUAL)

Patron Response Framework: Responding with Empathy, Kindness, and Love to Difficult Situations
Speakers: Liz Knapp, Michelle Roossien, and Leigh Verburg (Kent District Library, Michigan)

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Morning Sessions

  • Active Shooter Training Speaker: LT Justin Self, Homewood PD
  • Trustee Training Speakers: Jessica Everingham, APLS
  • Homeschool Hub Speakers: Cristina Castor, Homewood; Chelsea Rodriguez, BPL; Vanesa Warner, North Shelby
  • S.T.E.A.M. Playground Storytime Speaker: Katie Jane Morris, Hoover
  • Work/Life in Balance Speaker: Maggie Banger LPC-S, NCC

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Early Afternoon Sessions

  • Be a Rainbow Ally Speaker: Allison Scanlan, Pinson; Samuel Rumore, BPL
  • Passports Speakers: Daniel Tacket, Vestavia; Lynn Hutchins, BPL; Jiemin Fan, BPL; Deja Ruddick Horse Shoe Bend
  • Libraries and Anime: Bringing Manga & Anima to Your Library Speakers: Cat Sandler, Homewood; Lindsay Hamilton, Montgomery; Kristen Briggs, Florence
  • Reimagining School Readiness Partnership (RSRP) 2023 Speaker: Jessica Everingham, APLS

2:30 – 3:45 Late Afternoon Sessions 

  • HIRING AND FIRING: Employee Relations in Today’s Market Speakers: Rosanna McGinnis, Opelika; Connie Chow, Huntsville; Dorothie Linton, Huntsville
  • LSTA Training Speaker: Kelyn Ralya, APLS
  • Adult Program Swap Moderator: TBD
  • Children’s Program Swap Moderator: Tamara Hue, Irondale


Deadline to pre-register is: January 19, 2023.

Register On Site (No Lunch Option)

Contact: Wendy Geist
[email protected]