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Drag Me to Story Hour! How to Present a Dynamic and Successful Drag Queen Story Hour

Drag Me to Story Hour! How to Present a Dynamic and Successful Drag Queen Story Hour

 

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like, drag queens reading to children. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. This event is geared toward promoting inclusivity and diversity by allowing children to engage with individuals who dress or may express themselves outside expected gender norms in a safe space. Libraries are centers for diversity, but still people in many communities may feel threatened by this event. This session will discuss how some libraries overcame those obstacles, how the storytimes were attended, and how to host your own DQSH.

Attendees will learn how to:

• Set it up from the beginning and covering your basis: getting your administration’s approval and bringing in your PR person for support.
• Hire a great Queen
• Promote the event.
• Deal with negative feedback.

Ideas for a Rainbow Storytime (a step before DQSH) presented by the librarian. Including a dynamic list of LGTQ books.

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Original broadcast October 3, 2019

Biography ~ Melanie Borski-Howard
Melanie has studied music, theater and received her Masters in English from Utah State University. She is currently a Youth Services Librarian at Boulder Public Library in Boulder Colorado, where she has been doing storytimes since she started in 2001. Melanie had a library goal of creating a BLOG (similar to JBRARY) in 2016, but once she started collaborating with Boulder Channel 8 television station, the BLOG evolved to an actual filming of her storytimes with Alice. She is currently in her second season of the local televised program, Read With Us where they have filmed 14 shows. (https://boulderlibrary.org/youth/read-with-us/)

For Flannel’s Sake; Using Felt and Flannel Boards in Library Programs

For Flannel’s Sake; Using Felt and Flannel Boards in Library Programs

Flannels bring stories and songs to life! In this fun engaging workshop learn just how to get started in the wonderful world of flannel (or felt) boards! Learn how flannels inspire visual literacy and allow for hands on learning with children and immediately capture a child’s interest and imagination and involve them in the story or song.

In this interactive and informative program, you’ll pick up some tricks and tips on flannel fundamentals and learn how to make an affordable, portable, felt board. We’ll also discuss how to make simple felt pieces or go advanced and make your pieces of felt pop and have time to talk about story/song selection, selecting your materials, storage, and more.

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Original broadcast September 24, 2019 

Biography ~ Danielle Fortin

Danielle has been working in libraries of one sort or another for over 20 years. Yep, she started back in the days of the actual card catalog and pre-internets. She has been running story time since the 90’s, when she discovered how fun Flannel Boards are. Her longtime focus has been youth services and she currently works at the McArthur Public Library in Biddeford, Maine and serves as Chair of the Maine Library Association Youth Services Section. She likes terrible puns, roller derby, and her cats.

Teens and Adults on the Autism Spectrum: How to serve this growing group

Teens and Adults on the Autism Spectrum: How to serve this growing group

 

Teens and Adults on the Autism Spectrum: How to serve this growing group
According to the 2017 National Autism Indicators Report, about half a million adults on the autism spectrum will legally become adults in the next decade; Are libraries prepared for this?
This webinar will cover trends and topics related to teens and adults on the spectrum.

Participants will learn about:
-How autism affects teens and adults with autism differently than children
-The services landscape and gaps in services to this population
-What the autism community says they want from libraries
-Examples of programs and adaptations to existing library programs

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Original broadcast August 8, 2019

Biography ~ Carrie Rogers-Whitehead
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is an instructor of online privacy and a practitioner. As CEO of Digital Respons-Ability she helps educate students and other organizations on digital citizenship, which includes being safe and private online. In addition Carrie is a corporate trainer, event planner, writer and library consultant who works hard to stay on top of tech trends for her audiences.

Teen Brain Development: Supporting, Programming, Advocating

Teen Brain Development: Supporting, Programming, Advocating

 

Each age group of library users requires unique services and programming. Teenagers are the most under-served of all age groups, usually due to library staff’s uncertainty in providing services to a group they know (and/or remember) little about. Learn about the brain development of teenagers and how that should influence your programming and your expectations.

After completing this session participants will be able to:
1) understand the connection between teen brain development and teen behavior.
2) meet teen patrons where they are and plan appropriate programs and services for them.
3) manage their own expectations of teen patrons and teach those to their colleagues.

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Original broadcast July 18, 2019 

Biography ~ April Pavis-Shroeder
April Pavis-Shroeder is a librarian and volunteer coordinator at a public library in Northern Virginia. She began working in St. Mary’s County (MD) Public Library in 2006 as a circulation associate and was soon volun-told into the position of Teen Advisory Board leader. She quickly realized how magnificent and passionate that age group was, and decided to pursue a career in teen librarianship. April and received her Masters in Library Science from the University of Maryland in December, 2010 and has worked in libraries ever since.

Telling Stories, Sharing Lives

Telling Stories, Sharing Lives

 

Telling stories has been an important part of sharing experiences, transmitting cultural beliefs, and learning in many cultures.  During this interactive presentation, we will explore the importance of storytelling to the creation and transmission of culture, talk about the science behind storytelling and how stories tap into cognition in unique ways.

At the end of the webinar, participants will:

• Learn about the history and uses of storytelling
• Explore the connection between storytelling and cognition
• Engage in a storytelling exercise
• Explore ways you can incorporate storytelling in public programming

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Original broadcast July 11, 2019 

Biography ~ Dr. Jennifer Kulik
Dr. Jennifer Kulik is the Founder and CEO of Silver Kite Community Arts (www.silverkite.us), a Seattle-based arts company dedicated to designing, supporting, and facilitating intergenerational arts experiences and arts programs for older adults. Dr, Kulik holds a Ph.D. in (Intergenerational) Theatre from Arizona State University, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Theatre from Grinnell College

Getting to Know and Meeting the Needs of Generation Z

Getting to Know and Meeting the Needs of Generation Z

 

Born between 1997 and 2012, Generation Z is starting to come of age. Researchers are identifying defining traits of this generation that have a direct impact on library services, instruction, and programming. In this interactive and informative session, Lauren will share research findings on Generation Z and then apply the findings to the work we do in the library so that we meet the needs of this new group of young people.

Learning Outcomes:
• Attendees will be able to identify characteristics Generation Z
• Attendees will be able to describe how Generation Z differs from previous generations
• Attendees will be able to create library services, instruction, and programming tailored to Generation Z

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Original broadcast June 13, 2019

Biography ~ Lauren Hays
Lauren Hays is the Instructional and Research Librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. Currently, she is in a doctoral program and expects to graduate in May 2018. Additionally, she is co-editing a book on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) for academic librarians.
She is passionate about teaching and learning and desires to help librarians develop in their instructor/facilitator skills. More specifically, her professional interests include teaching, SoTL, information literacy, educational technology, Library and Information Science education, teacher identity, and faculty development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.

Fortnite In The Library

Fortnite In The Library

 

 

Looking for way to bring popular programming to your tween patrons? Fortnite IRL (in real life) is a great way to bring youth into the library. The program, like the video game, is built around hidden objects that are designed to aid your players in being the last one standing. Emporia Public Library will share tips and details on how to this popular video game off the screen and into your library!

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Original broadcast May 29, 2019

Biography ~ Tiffany Fay
Tiffany Fay is in her fourth year as the Young Adult Services Librarian at Emporia Public Library. When she’s not developing programs or creating circulation statistic spreadsheets she can be found loving her mom life and gardening.

Youth Cooking 101: How to Implement Cooking Classes for Kids at Your Library

Youth Cooking 101: How to Implement Cooking Classes for Kids at Your Library

That’s cooking at your library? In this fun and informative webinar, Youth Librarian Mary Daniels will take you through Maitland Public Library’s history with cooking programs, and offer step-by-step instructions on how to implement cooking in your library no matter your size or budget. While cooking programs are easily adapted and enjoyed by all ages, Daniels will focus on cooking programs specifically for kids in elementary and middle school.

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Original broadcast May 23, 2019

Biography ~ Mary Daniels
Mary Daniels has been working in the youth department at Maitland Public Library for 6 years, and creating and implementing cooking classes the duration of her tenancy. She received her Bachelors in English from UCF and her MLIS from USF. Her passions include literacy and innovative programming for the youth in her community.

Filming Storytimes: Some Good Things to Know Before You Hit the Big Screen

Filming Storytimes: Some Good Things to Know Before You Hit the Big Screen

 

Posting storytimes online is a great way to reach a larger audience and expand your skills as a storyteller and educator. It may seem easy to upload a short video from your phone to You Tube, but there are many important steps you need to take. Whether you are interested in filming just one story or an entire storytime, this webinar will help you get started on the right track to make your filming a success!

In this webinar, you will learn:
• Basic copyright rules for filming and how to get permission for books and music. I’ll show you the template we use to ask publishers and musicians for books and songs. You will also learn how to
search for Public Domain songs and how to use those to your advantage.
• Recording tips for filming, including issues with sound, camera angles, and space limitations. Plus, how to find a camera operator and editor!
• How to choose and present a book, flannel and song to be filmed.
• Tips for working with a live audience. Including how to choose young children and their caregivers to be filmed. Also how to work with your audience before, during and after the filming has
occurred.


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Original broadcast April 11, 2019

Biography ~ Melanie Borski-Howard
Melanie has studied music, theater and received her Masters in English from Utah State University. She is currently a Youth Services Librarian at Boulder Public Library in Boulder Colorado, where she has been doing storytimes since she started in 2001. Melanie had a library goal of creating a BLOG (similar to JBRARY) in 2016, but once she started collaborating with Boulder Channel 8 television station, the BLOG evolved to an actual filming of her storytimes with Alice. She is currently in her second season of the local televised program, Read With Us where they have filmed 14 shows. (https://boulderlibrary.org/youth/read-with-us/)

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Creating a Circulating Toy Collection: From Concept to Implementation

Creating a Circulating Toy Collection: From Concept to Implementation

Play. We all know how important play is to learning development and pre-literacy skills. In this interactive and informative presentation, we’ll discuss the choices we made in developing and launching a successful education-based toy collection that is not just a fad or a temporary attention-grabber, but an enduring collection with long-term community benefits.
To demonstrate a full understanding, we will be presenting both the frontline (branch manager) and the backroom (collection manager) perspective and experience. We will also show how this collection directly ties into the mission of the library and represents a unique way of extending that mission to promote early literacy.

Attendees will:
• Be able to develop a toy collection using the model presented
• Be able to choose toys that meet customer needs and safety guidelines
• Understand the mechanics of circulating toys, including how to train staff and successfully publicize this special collection

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Original broadcast March 5, 2019

Biography ~ Virginia Phelps
Virginia Phelps has been the collection manager at Chesterfield County Public Library since 2012. She has worked in collection management since 1999 and received her MLA and MIM from the University of Maryland.
Margaret Howard has been a branch manager at Chesterfield County Public Library since 2015. She has worked as a librarian since 2011 and received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.