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Diverse Libraries: webinar series

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Do you work in a school or public library? Would you like to develop your knowledge to help ensure you are providing a library collection and reading experience that is as diverse and inclusive as possible?

Free Diverse Libraries annual webinar series

Our Diverse Libraries webinar series is open to all library staff and teachers based in primary or secondary schools, public or community libraries across the UK.

Webinar benefits

Participating in these webinars will give you the opportunity to:

  • Deepen your understanding of diversifying reading materials and widening access in reading spaces
  • Explore barriers which might be preventing your library collection from being fully inclusive
  • Be inspired to create a more inclusive reading experience for all children and young people in a library setting, both at school and in the community
  • Hear best practice examples from a range of experts working in the field
  • Connect with other library staff and teachers from across the country, who are also passionate about this issue

Diverse Libraries webinars 2023-2024

Our new series of Diverse Libraries webinars for 2023-24 launched in November.

  • Webinar one: in November, focused on providing inclusive reading spaces for, and authentic representations of, children, young people and families of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller heritage.
  • Webinar two: held in May, explored Reading and Empathy.
  • Webinar three: details to be announced soon!
Watch recordings from the 2023/24 webinar series

Diverse Libraries webinars 2022-2023

Last year, our webinar series focused on neurodiversity and covered the following topics:

  • Webinar one: Representations of neurodiversity in children’s reading
  • Webinar two: Every reader counts: developing inclusive reading provision and practice
  • Webinar three - Patrick Ness: Handling difficult conversations around representation in children’s literature

Watch recordings from the 2022/23 webinar series

Diverse Libraries Webinars 2021-2022

Two years ago, our webinar series focused on representation of ethnicity and heritage and covered the following topics:

  • Webinar one: Bringing Diversity to Your Library Collection
  • Webinar two: Dealing with difficult texts and promoting anti-racism
  • Webinar three: Diversity Beyond the Bookshelf - Engaging library and school communities

Watch recordings from the 2021/22 webinar series

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