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Ditch the Escape Room! Make Your Library an Escape Game

Ditch the Escape Room! Make Your Library an Escape Game

 

 

What is an Escape Game? How is it different from an Escape Room?
An Escape Game is a series of puzzles and challenges for library patrons to complete and thereby earn a reward. Unlike an Escape Room that requires constant monitoring, an Escape Game is a primarily self-directed program. Rather than being confined to a single room, in an Escape Game patrons explore many locations/collections in your library. Many groups and individuals can also participate simultaneously in an Escape Game.

In this webinar, participants will learn how:
To use an Escape Game to effectively engage patrons
Become equipped with the tools and resources necessary to start an Escape Game
Be able to confidently plan and carry out their first Escape Game right away

Original Broadcast December 5, 2019 

Biography ~ Lori Bonner
Although her ultimate dream job is “grandma,” my current position as Assistant Children’s Librarian at the American Fork Public Library in American Fork, Utah a great substitute. I love interacting with patrons and trying out new ideas for programs. I’m grateful for the creative license and support my director gives me. When I’m not doing library stuff, I enjoy cooking (although less than I used to), gardening (for the first time in my life), and reading – especially on the beach. Knowing how technologically challenged I am on many levels, no one would believe that I was a computer science teacher once upon a time.

The Best of 2019 and Most Anticipated of 2020 Comics and Graphic Novels

The Best of 2019 and Most Anticipated of 2020 Comics and Graphic Novels

 

 

Amanda Jacobs Foust, a longtime advocate for comics and graphic novels in libraries, will provide an overview of the best comics and graphic novels for children, teens and adults from 2019 and look ahead at the most anticipated titles expected in 2020 with an eye towards how to best serve and provide patrons with unique and diverse titles.

In this interactive and informative webinar, participants will learn:
Recommended comics and graphic novels for readers advisory and collection development
Popular and lesser-known publishers
Resources for readers advisory and collection development for comics and graphic novels

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Original Broadcast December 3, 2019 

Biography ~ Amanda Jacobs Foust
Amanda Jacobs Foust is a librarian for Douglas County Libraries and an editor for No Flying No Tights. She has been presenting, writing and talking about comics in libraries for over a decade and also produced and co-hosted the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast with Jack Baur of the Berkeley Public Library. In addition to her comics work, Amanda has extensive experience as a conference and webinar presenter on a diverse range of topics related to librarianship.

Program-in-a-Box: Sharing Passive Programming Between Branches

Program-in-a-Box: Sharing Passive Programming Between Branches

It can be difficult when multiple programmers within a system are trying to reach the same patrons with little results. Reduce the effort involved by creating a Program-in-a-Box series. These sets of passive programs come complete with supplies, instructions, and signs–perfect for sharing between branches.

In this interactive and informative program, attendees will learn:

– How to engage tweens and teens in the library
– How to create a “”traveling”” program that can benefit multiple branches
– How to incorporate STEAM principles in passive programming

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Biography ~ Emily Correa
Emily Correa is a Public Services Librarian for Campbell County Public Library System, VA. She has been involved in various committees and leadership with the Virginia Library Association, the Mid-Atlantic Library Alliance, and the County of Campbell. For more information, contact her at emilycorrea583@gmail.com

Moving Beyond Storytime: Rethinking Preschool and Daycare Outreach

Moving Beyond Storytime: Rethinking Preschool and Daycare Outreach

 

Want to provide more than just a typical storytime outreach for preschools and daycares? In this interactive and informative program we’ll explore strategies for identifying and partnering with organizations on a needs basis, and providing non-traditional outreach and school readiness programs to their facilities.
This webinar will also look at STREAM-based outreach kits and the challenges and future opportunities in preschool and daycare outreach efforts.

As a result of this program, participants will:
• Learn how to identify locations based on need
• Gain an understanding of supporting school readiness in the community
• Learn the challenges and opportunities of providing a non-traditional Early Childhood outreach

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Original broadcast November 14, 2019

Biography ~ April Watkins
April has worked with children in some capacity her entire adult life, including six years as a high school journalism teacher, and three years as a Children’s Librarian. She can regularly be seen rocking rainbow knee-high socks, tulle skirts, blue hair, and pigtails as she embodies her childhood heroes, Rainbow Bright and Punky Brewster. She loves scrapbooking, alternative music, dystopian YA novels, and binge-watching. April has a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University and a MA in Library and Information Sciences from the University of South Florida. She currently serves as the Early Childhood Services Senior Librarian for Suffolk Public Library where she has started a city-wide reading initiatives, and transformed the way SPL conducts Early Literacy Outreach. She lives in Smithfield, VA with her husband, two sons, and their very large St. Bernard.

Let’s Talk Tweens

Let’s Talk Tweens

 

 

How can libraries meet the needs of the underserved tween population? In this webinar, we will discuss ways library staff can create an environment for children ages 8-12, bridge the programming gap between story times and teen nights, and foster a lifelong love for libraries. Over the last two years, Springville Public Library in Springville, Utah has been developing strategies to help tweens feel engaged, connected, and valued as library users. This webinar will present ideas for collection development, programming, and spaces for tweens.

Participants will:
· Discover how to address the needs of their community’s tween population, including addressing gaps in
library services by age group.
· Learn to develop a tween programming plan.
· Understand the factors that go into creating a dynamic tween library space.

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Original broadcast November 5, 2919

Biography ~ Lauren Tolman
Lauren Tolman received her Master of Education degree with a literacy emphasis from California State University, Fullerton. Lauren has worked in libraries for 15 years, beginning as a page and progressively moving up in various positions. She currently works as the head of youth services for Springville Public Library in Springville, Utah, where she has been for five years. Springville Library serves a population of 33,000 citizens in a growing community 45 minutes outside of Salt Lake City. It has been named Best of State for five years running, being acknowledged for its service to the community. Lauren’s passion is to serve the youth of Springville and make them feel at home in their library.

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.

Let’s Talk Tweens

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