Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

What Having a WIC Center in Your Library Brings (Besides Crying Babies)

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 111 AB

A partnership with the City of Houston’s Health and Human Services Department, placed a fully operational mini-WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Center inside a neighborhood library. Training and meeting spaces are constant programming spaces where both HPL and WIC provide targeted family programming that promotes family engagement, caregiver education and learning for all ages, from storytimes to after school activities to nutrition classes for pregnant women and workshops and classes for new parents.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Have an awareness of the variety of shared programs that can be offered in a joint use facility. 2: Effectively interact with partnership staff, utilize partner's experts or others in order to collaboratively produce programs for various audiences. 3: Know how to do "in-reach" to traditional non-library users who come to the library for WIC services

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1  

Track: Collaborate

Tags: Serving Adults, Family Engagement, Innovation, Literacy, Partnerships and Collaboration, Youth Services


Mary Wagoner, Senior Manager of Special Projects
Houston Public Library , Houston , TX

Mary Wagoner joined Houston Public Library in 1991 and currently serves as Senior Manager, Special Projects in Customer Experience. Projects range from building renovations and a Lean Six Sigma study to workforce literacy partnerships and grants. Mary was Project Director for two Institute of Museum and Library Services' grants (2006-10 and 2012-14). Mary was Senior Manager for nine (9) Neighborhood Library locations from 2008 to 2014 and served as President of TALL Texans in 2010-11.

Djuina Hammett, Senior Manager of Neighborhood Libraries
Houston Public Library , Houston , TX

Djuina Hammett holds a Master Degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She has worked in public libraries for 13 years, beginning with Fort Bend County Libraries in 2004. In February 2009, Djuina joined the Houston Public Library system. She has served as an assistant manager, location manager, and a group manager. She currently serves as a Senior Manager of Neighborhood Libraries and supervises thirteen locations.

Drew Alvey, Manager of Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library
Houston Public Library , Houston , TX

Drew Alvey has been with Houston Public Library since 2015 and holds a Master Degree in Library Science from University of North Texas. He currently serves as the Manager of the Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library and WIC Center. His youth focus and experience as a Children's Librarian enables him to create inventive programming and outreach that focuses on early literacy, STEAM, and play as learning.

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