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How Libraries Can Close the Gap in Kindergarten Readiness

How Libraries Can Close the Gap in Kindergarten Readiness

Given the high expectations of children entering kindergarten, librarians must engage preschoolers and caregivers while simultaneously preparing them for what lies ahead.

In this webinar, you will learn about Kindergarten Readiness (KR), then find out how you can put research to practice. Discover new ways to align library programs and services with the bench-marks kids need before their first day of school. Additionally, many in-person programs were adapted to virtual platforms during the Coronavirus pandemic.

You will leave this program with actionable ideas for in-person and virtual programs, to help your library’s children get ready for kindergarten and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

• Develop a clearer understanding of Kindergarten Readiness and the current research, both at a state and national level
• Discover various preschool programs (both in-person and virtually) that provide opportunities for children ages 2-5 to develop the well-rounded foundations necessary to succeed
• Learn ways to engage parents in their child’s growth and education through resources, programs, and services

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Original broadcast February 23, 2021 

Biography ~ Katie Clausen

Katie Clausen is the Early Literacy Services Manager at Gail Borden Public Library. She completed her MLIS from Dominican University and holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons College. She has presented at the Illinois Library Association’s Annual Conferences, ALSC Institute, Opening Minds Early Childhood Conference, and the National Network of Medical Libraries (NNLM). Check out Katie’s articles in the
ILA Reporter and Children & Libraries: The Journal of ALSC. Katie’s specialties include: early literacy, children’s literature evaluation, play-based learning, and best storytime practices.

15+ Adaptable Programs: Any Age, Any Size

15+ Adaptable Programs: Any Age, Any Size

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Emily and Katie will present several engaging and interactive programs for patrons of all ages, including those that are great for the whole family.

Get tips for spooky fun with Haunted Halloween Happenings and learn the simple craft of making and keeping Rememberlutions, as well as how to facilitate a Prom Formal Wear Giveaway and a Road Rally/Scavenger Hunt.

With additional tips provided for doing simple yet effective Resume Writing and Healthy Eating programs, you’ll walk away with templates for creating programs to reach patrons no matter their age or need!

Katie LaMantia is in Collection Development at Baker and Taylor and is a former Teen Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has a personal and professional appreciation and interest in pop culture and has presented at multiple library conferences about programming, teens, and technology. When she’s not finding amazing books for young adults, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities. She is the co-author of A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

Emily Vinci is the Fiction Manager specializing in adult readers’ advisory at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her professional interests are promoting the acquisition and appreciation of comics and graphic novels in libraries. She presents frequently about pop culture and niche library programming and co-authored the books A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

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Welcoming Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patrons to Your Library

Welcoming Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patrons to Your Library

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In this interactive webinar, you’ll learn communication tips for interacting with deaf and hard of hearing patrons, information about American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, and even some basic ASL vocabulary to introduce yourself and help patrons navigate the library.
 
 
About the Presenter:
Kathy MacMillan is an author, nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of the Little Hands Signing series from Familius Press, as well as many other books for children and teens and storytime resource books for educators and librarians. She has presented hundreds of programs and workshops that teach basic ASL, and specializes in training library staff to better serve the Deaf community. Find out more about her programs and workshops, as well as ASL resources, at StoriesByHand.com.
Printable handouts, videos, and resource links: https://storiesbyhand.com/welcoming/

In partnership with TBLC,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

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Using Pop Culture to Create Great Library Programs

Using Pop Culture to Create Great Library Programs

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Library staff will get tips to invigorate programs for all ages by taking cues from pop culture and fandoms.

We share examples of past programs we have successfully implemented by incorporating pop culture and nostalgia themes to reach a wider range of audiences.

Using pop culture themes in library programs makes for timely and relevant programs.

Katie LaMantia is in Collection Development at Baker and Taylor and is a former Teen Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has a personal and professional appreciation and interest in pop culture and has presented at multiple library conferences about programming, teens, and technology. When she’s not finding amazing books for young adults, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities. She is the co-author of A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

Emily Vinci is the Fiction Manager specializing in adult readers’ advisory at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her professional interests are promoting the acquisition and appreciation of comics and graphic novels in libraries. She presents frequently about pop culture and niche library programming and co-authored the books A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Tips for Virtual, Outdoor, In-Person Programming During COVID-19 for Children, Youth, and Family

Tips for Virtual, Outdoor, In-Person Programming During COVID-19 for Children, Youth, and Family

 

This interactive and informative 90-minute webinar will introduce emerging practices, fundamental methods, and knowledge to empower library staff to:

• Incorporate children, youth, and family programming during the COVID-19 pandemic challenge,
• Design, implement, and assess programs, including the use of take-home kits,
• Reinvent their role with customers,
• Strengthen collaborations among peers and community partners,
• Help make the library a magnet drawing people into a realm to elevate an individual’s capacity for learning, discovering excellence, and contributing to life no matter the challenge.

An emphasis will be placed on virtual programming, however, examples of all program types – virtual, outdoor, in-person, and hybrid (in-person and virtual) – will be used along with all sizes of libraries, budgets, and ambition.

As a result of this program, attendees will be able to:
• Identify three effective practices for designing and implementing a program in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic challenges
• Explain three ways to set up behind the scenes practices to help make virtual programs run more smoothly
• Describe four ways a production assistant and program presenters work together to make a program happen
• Identify two effective methods for assessing how to create a dynamic program (virtual, outdoor, in-person, or hybrid) no matter your library’s size, budget or level of ambition
• Visualize one new way to move forward with creating an exciting program or revamping a pre-COVID program and identify next steps

 
Original broadcast January 19, 2021 
 

Presenter ~ Conni Strittmatter
Connie Strittmatter has worked as the Coordinator for Children’s and Teen Services at the Harford County Public Library and the Assistant Branch Manager for the Harford Community College Library in Bel Air, Maryland.

Presenter ~ Dorothy Stoltz
Dorothy is the Director for Community Engagement at the Carroll County Public Library in Westminster, Maryland. She has been fortunate to pull together teams of wonderfully talented people to co-write books for ALA Editions including: Transform and Thrive: Ideas to Invigorate Your Library and Your Community (2018); Inspired Collaboration: Ideas for Discovering and Applying Your Potential (2016); The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces (2015); Every Child Ready for School: Helping Adults Inspire Children to Learn (2013); and, Tender Topics: Picture Books about Childhood Challenges (2013).

Nostalgia Programming

Nostalgia Programming

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We love the 90s (and 70s and 80s), and chances are your patrons do too! Learn how to engage with patrons of all ages and bring dynamic programs from the past back into the library with flair.

In this webinar, you’ll get over fifteen programming ideas and activities for all age groups and budgets.

Learn how to incorporate your own personal nostalgic interests into programming, marketing, and partnerships to create programming tailored to your library and patrons.

Katie LaMantia is in Collection Development at Baker and Taylor and is a former Teen Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has a personal and professional appreciation and interest in pop culture and has presented at multiple library conferences about programming, teens, and technology. When she’s not finding amazing books for young adults, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities. She is the co-author of A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

Emily Vinci is the Fiction Manager specializing in adult readers’ advisory at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her professional interests are promoting the acquisition and appreciation of comics and graphic novels in libraries. She presents frequently about pop culture and niche library programming and co-authored the books A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Picturebooks + STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities = excellent library programming!

Picturebooks + STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities = excellent library programming!

 

In this informative and interactive webinar, we’ll cover the planning essentials for a picture book/STEAM program, and we’ll look in detail at specific programs you could run at your library, including a picture book and related STEAM activity/activities. Even if you’re not a scientist, you’ll leave this webinar STEAMed up and ready to program!

Learning Objectives:
• Know where to find ideas, select books, manage materials
• How to handle sign up vs drop in programs
• Specific program ideas based on picture books involving STEAM activities

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Original broadcast January 5, 2021 

Presenter ~ Amanda Moss Struckmeyer
Amanda Moss Struckmeyer is a Library Media Specialist in the Middleton-Cross Plains (WI) Area School District. She has experience in public and school libraries, and she edited the Collaborative Summer Library Program youth manuals for several years. Having served on both the Newbery and Caldecott committees, Amanda is passionate about connecting young readers with excellent books.

Programming for Foodies

Programming for Foodies

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Infuse your programs with flavor and sensory experiences for all ages. In this webinar, you’ll get a baker’s dozen food programming ideas and activities for all age groups and budgets.

Learn how to incorporate your own personal foodie interests into programming, marketing, and partnerships to create programming tailored to your library and patrons.

Katie LaMantia is in Collection Development at Baker and Taylor and is a former Teen Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has a personal and professional appreciation and interest in pop culture and has presented at multiple library conferences about programming, teens, and technology. When she’s not finding amazing books for young adults, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities. She is the co-author of A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

Emily Vinci is the Fiction Manager specializing in adult readers’ advisory at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her professional interests are promoting the acquisition and appreciation of comics and graphic novels in libraries. She presents frequently about pop culture and niche library programming and co-authored the books A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

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The Accidental Teen Librarian

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Kids are staying out once school is over, eager to hang out with their friends and relax before the pull of homework takes over. But where do they go after school, before mom/ dad/caregivers leave work? To the library of course!

Libraries are the after school hangout for many communities. But this can mean problems too. Are you having trouble with your teens behaving in the library? Are some other members of the public (or staff!) treating them unfairly? Why do we need to be nice to teens anyway?

This class will address the topic of teens in the public library and how your library can be a safe, inviting, and happy place for teens (and staff!). We invite librarians from all departments to attend this workshop.

Presenter ~ Sarah Sogigian
Sarah Sogigian is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Library System, a state-supported collaborative, fosters cooperation, communication, innovation, and sharing among member libraries of all types.
She spent years working in the public library field in a variety of roles. Sarah taught classes, led a Young Adult department, coordinated volunteers, and served as her library’s tech librarian. After leaving the public library, Sarah served as the Youth Services Consultant for the Metrowest and Boston Regional Library Systems before continuing in that role with the MA Library System. After becoming the Consulting and Training Services Director in 2015,  she moved into her current role in 2019. She has been an active participant with YALSA, serving on various committees for over 10 years, and was elected to YALSA’s Board of Directors for a 3-year term in 2012.

In partnership with TBLC,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact TBLC.

YouTube 101

YouTube 101

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YouTube is a great way to engage current users and connect with new users. 

During this fun introductory look at YouTube, we will explore:

  • Best practices for creating and sharing content
  • The basics of live-streaming
  • How to use YouTube analytics 

Attendees are encouraged to share their own experiences and videos. 

Diana Silveira is a librarian and President of Novare Library Services, where she works with libraries to develop, implement, and utilize technology effectively. Previously, she was employed by the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is now available.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.