School Library Services provides one hour webinars, Power Hours, throughout the school year on topics of interest regarding library programs. Starting in school year 2018-2019, the webinars will be held through Collaborate not Webex.    

NOTE: Collaborate does not offer a registration option.  No reminder emails will be automatically sent.  If you are interested in participating, please save the url and add the date and time to your calendar.


This list of Power Hours will be updated throughout the school year. 

  • Participants need a computer or mobile device with Internet access, speakers.  
  • A microphone is optional but encouraged to be able to participate in conversations.   
  • Chrome is the recommended browser.  


School Year 2018-2019 Power Hours (List to be updated throughout the school year)


Webinar 1: Thursday, 8/30, 3 pm                       
Title: Books For a Better World Part 1: Creating Collections That Foster Empathy and Celebrate the Diversity of Our Global Family 

Description: In this session, we’ll explore some of the latest publications for young people that help cultivate much needed, (and increasingly rare) empathy and that celebrate the diversity of our global family. And we’ll talk about how creating diverse library collections is both a best practice and an act of social justice that helps to grow and empower your school community. 

Presenter: @JenniferLaGarde                    Sponsored by Pacific Literacy Consortium



Webinar 2: Thursday, 9/20, 3 pm                   

Title: Books For a Better World Part  2: Creating Collections That Foster Empathy and Celebrate the Diversity of Our Global Family 

Description: Often the words we use to describe our students are reflective of either a) their achievement data (think: “at risk,” “low performing,” or  “gifted”) OR b) their subgroup and demographic data (think: “male/female,” “minority,” or “low socio-economic”). The problem, of course, is that our students are so much more than this. In this session, we’ll explore strategies for creating truly diverse, inclusive collections, by getting to know our students in deeper, more meaningful ways. 


Presenter: @JenniferLaGarde                    Sponsored by Pacific Literacy Consortium


Webinar 3: Thursday, 10/4, 3 pm                    

Title: Creating Community Through Global Connections

Description: Author/Expert visits aren’t just for students! In this session, we’ll explore ways to use technology to create opportunities for families to connect with authors, experts and other learners from the around the world. From planning the event, and partnering with local businesses for support to marketing and implementation, participants take away ideas to implement right away! 


Presenter: @JenniferLaGarde                    Sponsored by Pacific Literacy Consortium


Webinar 4: Thursday, 10/18, 3 pm                    Collaborate Access: http://bit.ly/1819SLSPOWERHOUR 

Title: An Act of Justice: The Roles of School Librarians in Breaking The Cycle of Poverty - Community Engagement Edition

Description: If, as Nelson Mandela said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” school libraries represent a unique and powerful opportunity to impact our most vulnerable students.  In session, we will explore ways in which we take the library TO the community, to help students and families living in poverty connect with the resources our spaces and programs have to offer. 


Presenter: @JenniferLaGarde                    Sponsored by Pacific Literacy Consortium


Webinar 5: Thursday, 11/1, 3 pm                        Collaborate Access: http://bit.ly/1819SLSPOWERHOUR 

Title: Making Book Clubs a Family Affair

Description: Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop famously said that books are like windows, mirrors and sliding glass doors. They help us see our own experiences validated in stories featuring characters like us; they help us gain insight into the experiences of others when the story features characters whose lives are different from ours; and they help us envision futures beyond what can sometimes seem possible. In short, stories connect us. And family book clubs are an effective way to use the power of story to inform and empower our entire community. In this session we’ll explore some successful examples of family book clubs and outline the steps for getting started! 


Presenter: @JenniferLaGarde                    Sponsored by Pacific Literacy Consortium


Webinar 6: Thursday, 11/15, 3 pm                        Collaborate Access: http://bit.ly/1819SLSPOWERHOUR 

Title: Summer Library Programs That Work!

Description: Each year, when we send our students home for the summer, we hope they’ll spend some of those sunny afternoons curled up in a good book. But the only way to really guarantee that is to create programs that enable our readers and families to have access to our collections all year long. In this session we’ll explore one district’s journey toward creating a highly successful and sustainable library program and we’ll outline the steps for getting started! 


Presenter: @JenniferLaGarde                    Sponsored by Pacific Literacy Consortium



Webinar 7: Thursday, 12/13, 3 pm                        Collaborate Access: http://bit.ly/1819SLSPOWERHOUR 

Title: Mackin and LS2 Integration

Description: Coming soon.


Presenter:   Mesa Heise, Mackin Director of Digital Services/Hawaii Consultant         Twitter: @mesakheise


Webinar 8: Thursday, 3/7 3 pm                        Zoom Access: https://overdrive.zoom.us/j/392223325

Title: Using OverDrive in the Classroom

Description:  In this session, participants will learn more about maximizing the use of Sora, the student reading app, as a curriculum and planning tool.  In the session participants will explore affordable options for all-class reads, assigning titles to students, using ebooks and audiobooks for classroom assignments in an school Advantage account.  Participants will also learn about offering summer reading books digitally and increasing student adoption through promotional materials available at resources.overdrive.com.  NOTE:  Schools need to open an OverDrive Advantage account to be able to use class sets and assigning titles to students.


Presenter:   Bailey Hotujac, OverDrive Account Manager and  Sydney Mackedanz, OverDrive Training Specialist


Past Recorded Power Hours can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/channels/powerhourrecordings