Walsh selected for national education project

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 4:00pm

The following was submitted by the Island Free Library:

Morgan Walsh, the Youth Services Librarian at the Island Free Library, has been selected to participate in the Young Adult Library Services Association and Association for Rural and Small Libraries’ Future Ready with the Library project. Morgan is one of 16 participants selected to participate in the fourth cohort of the project.

As part of the project, Morgan will work with a community partner to develop college and career readiness services for and with the middle school students in their area. The project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

“My goal with joining this project is to be an additional resource for the students of Block Island, so that each and every graduate is successful in the future, whether choosing to attend college or embarking directly on their career. This program has a strong emphasis on social-emotional learning skills, which I feel will be incredibly beneficial to our students who can be limited in their social opportunities. I am excited to work with other librarians with similarly small communities to learn from them and bring new programs and resources to the island that can be implemented with the expertise I plan to gain from being a part of this project,” said Walsh.

Walsh will participate in a two-day orientation at YALSA’s Young Adult Services Symposium in Memphis, Tenn. on Nov. 3 and 4, 2019, and take part in a virtual community of practice through April 2020.

To learn more about how the library will be serving middle schoolers through this project, please contact Morgan at (401) 466-3233, mwalsh@islandfreelibrary.org, or stop by the library.The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens — especially those with the greatest needs — on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.