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Thursday, May 19 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Comic Books, Coding, Cosplay, Crazes, and D&D: Making Libraries a Hub for the Inclusive Nerd Culture

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In the 1980's, nerd = social suicide. In 2022, nerd = the place to be for inclusivity! Fandoms and other cultural trends bring people together in a nondiscriminatory way. Come learn how you can increase the diversity of your library through programming, MakerSpaces, and other nerd-based resources. As the Jedi librarian would say: "Attendance leads to knowledge, knowledge leads to action, action leads to inclusion!"

Learning objectives:
Short history of how the once marginalized "Nerd Culture" have now become one of the most inclusive communities in America.
Ideas on events, clubs, and activities - both large and small in scope - to help make the library a welcoming destination for people of all interests in the community.
A list of specific resources and books to build a foundational nerdy collection that can be used by all ages, abilities, and interests. Ways to discover what is popular with your patrons and more will be included.

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Sarah Hall

Reference Librarian, Washington County Library System
Cosplayer and reformed sewing machine serial killer, Sarah's secret identity for the past twenty years has been a Teen and Reference Librarian at the Hurricane Branch of the Washington County Library System.  She has created, staffed, and been a guest at conventions, run book and... Read More →

Gloria Larson

Washington County Library System

Thursday May 19, 2022 10:30am - 11:20am MDT
Stratus 5 & 6