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Free Webinar: Gender Inclusive Libraries

November 14, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm MST

Learn about gender identity development and discover best practices for providing compassionate service to transgender, nonbinary, and other gender-nonconforming youth and their caregivers. Explore the need for these competencies in libraries, and how they apply to your youth-focused services and programs.



The webinar will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, November 14th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Mountain Time.

Live captioning will be provided. A recording and transcript will be made available afterwards if attendees cannot participate in real time. Please contact info@clel.org with any additional access needs.

PLEASE NOTE: The Zoom Meeting link will be provided immediately upon registration after clicking Submit. If registering on the day of, please save this information! A reminder with the meeting link will also be emailed to registrants who sign up in advance.

Pearl Bashakevitz
(they/them/theirs) – Librarian
Pearl is a youth-focused librarian at the Ross-University Hills branch of the Denver Public Library. They perform early literacy storytimes and offer hands-on, exploratory programming for youth in grades K-5. Pearl currently serves as co-chair on the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy training subcommittee. They are passionate about practicing children’s librarianship as an openly queer professional, and using their position to help foster actively inclusive environments for kids and caregivers. If you encounter Pearl, they will most likely be reading middle grade fiction, baking cookies for their wife, or battling the shedding of two dogs and two cats with a super-strength lint roller.

Lisa Dengerink
(she/her/hers) – Early Learning Librarian
Lisa has been an early learning librarian with the Denver Public Library since 2013. She trains staff, teachers, caregivers and professionals on early literacy topics. In addition she provides feedback and assists Denver Public library staff and volunteers on best practices regarding early learning, storytime, child development, early learning programming and creating early learning spaces. She has worked with children 0-5 years old for over 20 years through libraries and teaching.


November 14, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm MST