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Picture Books for School Age Readers

Picture Books for School Age Readers

The quantity and quality of picture books targeting school age readers is a fast-growing genre in children’s literature. Librarians are fielding increased demand both from elementary aged readers who prefer the reading picture book format and teachers who have incorporated this growing trend into their lesson plans.

In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase will provide an overview of the genre, an overview of new titles, and discuss tools you can use to:

Be up to date on recently released fiction and non-fiction picture books for school aged children
Evaluate fiction and nonfiction picture books for inclusion in your collection

This overview of must have fiction and nonfiction books picture books covers under the radar choices for programs and class visits, coverage of un-reviewed items, and suggestions for almost every facet of your school age picture book collection. Program ideas and An extensive bibliography is also included.

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Original broadcast September 19, 2107

Jill Burket Ragase ~ Biography
Jill Burket Ragase has worked as a Children’s Librarian and Collection Development Librarian in several states as an MLS Librarian and now is an independent library consultant and children’s services expert. She has made professional presentations at various professional conferences on children’s programming.

Best Series for Teen Anime Clubs

Best Series for Teen Anime Clubs

 

Anime Clubs are often the most popular programs hosted by libraries for teens. However, how do you keep your Anime Club content new and refreshing, and keep new participants interested? Learn ways to choose exciting and engaging anime series to screen, as well as fun and easy activities for teen participants.

Participants will also be able to:
• Find resources for researching series ratings and reviews.
• Recognize opportunities for Reader’s Advisory in a program setting.
• Get materials and information for streaming free anime online.
• Receive suggestions for the latest engaging anime series appropriate for teen anime clubs.

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Original broadcast August 10, 2017

Eden Grey ~ Biography
Eden Grey is the Teen Services Librarian at the Jessamine County Public Library in Nicholasville, Kentucky. When she’s not at the library, Eden is writing several YA novels, working on cosplay, tending to her dachshund, or out catching Pokemon. You can also find her on Twitter @edenjeangrey and at www.greylibrarian.com

Supporting Teacher Collections, Class Visits and School Projects: Tips and Tricks for Success

Supporting Teacher Collections, Class Visits and School Projects: Tips and Tricks for Success

 

Teacher Collections, Class Visits, and Class Projects are frequent and often challenging aspects of Children’s Services. In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase will give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to:

• Meet the needs of community educators through up to date and varied teacher collections
• Offer fresh ideas for class visits that engage both visitors and their grown ups
• Support grade-wide assignments with great resources and a dash of goodwill and humor.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran looking to refresh your library’s offerings or a rookie not sure where to start, we will discuss tips and tricks to make these in-demand and sometimes challenging services work.

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Original broadcast June 15, 2017 

Biography ~ Burket Ragase Biography
Jill Burket Ragase has worked as a Children’s Librarian and Collection Development Librarian in several states as an MLS Librarian and now is an independent library consultant and children’s buyer for an independent bookstore. She has made professional presentations at various professional conferences on children’s programming.

Integrating Minecraft and MinecraftEDU into Curricular Lessons

Integrating Minecraft and MinecraftEDU into Curricular Lessons

In this session we’ll explore different examples of how Minecraft and MinecraftEDU can be integrated into curricular lessons to enhance student engagement and learning.

Slides and more:  http://stem.wesfryer.com/home/minecraft

Original broadcast May 3, 2017

Biography ~ Dr. Wesley Fryer
Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) is a teacher, author, speaker, and the Director of Technology for Casady School in Oklahoma City. He is the co-host of the weekly “EdTech Situation Room” webshow and podcast (@edtechSR) and is co-leads an afterschool STEAM club for elementary students with Megan Thompson (@seeingnewshapes). A full bio is available at: http://www.wesfryer.com/bio/

Best of Manga 2016 and 2017

Best of Manga 2016 and 2017

Manga continues to be a favorite of patrons using our libraries, and staying up to date on this genre can be a challenge.

In this informative webinar with Eden Grey, she will cover an entire year of manga and review their appropriateness for library collections, as well as a look ahead at the best manga of 2017.

Attendees will take away a variety of brand new series to add to their collections for children, teens, and adults. They will also receive resources for finding manga reviews and ratings, and information on older manga series with a recent resurgence in popularity.

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Original broadcast April 27, 2017

Biography ~ Eden Grey
Eden Grey is the Young Adult Programming Librarian at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library system, the busiest branch library in the state of Kentucky. She earned her MLIS from the University of Michigan in 2012 and is a Michigan native. Eden’s Twitter name is @edenjeangrey

Tabletop for Teens

Tabletop for Teens

Do you need unique program for a group of regulars who have seen everything? Do you need distraction and engagement for disruptive teens? Tabletop games are the answer! If you’re thinking about Monopoly and Clue, think again. These games are highly creative, engaging, and based on language skills, STEM concepts, collaboration, and teamwork.

Participants will:

– Learn about a variety of tabletop games, their prices, and their benefits
– Learn how to set up a tabletop gaming program in their library or classroom
– Learn three games that you could play with a group of teens RIGHT NOW!
– Get a list of resources for finding, playing, and curating tabletop games

Slides: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9HNxdaOEQzbLXZpaHdqSWh4dlU

Original broadcast April 5, 2017

Biography ~ Raegan Cross
Raegan Cross is a Youth Services Programmer in Kansas, whose work includes designing and implementing programs for teens and children in her community. These programs span from tech classes using a 3D printer to art projects to Star Wars Reads Day. Raegan has a deep love of all things nerdy and geeky, and often translates that passion into her programs.

Diversity in Comics

Diversity in Comics

 

Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library) and Amanda Jacobs Foust (Colorado State Library), two longtime graphic novel selectors and the co-hosts of the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast present a unique opportunity for librarians working in any environment to learn about next-level graphic novel collection development, with a special emphasis on building a diverse collections.

The duo will share their collection development best practices, favorite resources, and philosophical approach to building and curating a diverse graphic novel collection. Everyone who works with graphic novels in their library or wants to learn more about these wildly popular materials will have something to gain from this webinar.

In this interactive and informative webinar, we will cover:

  • Current state of diversity in publishing
  • Why we need diverse comics
  • A brief history of comics
  • Publishing trends and change in comics

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Original broadcast March 21, 2017 

Presenters:
Amanda Jacobs Foust is librarian and trainer who speaks frequently at national and state conferences on a wide range of topics such as: eBook management, grant writing, website evaluation and content curation, including social media. Amanda is a dedicated comics reader and she co-hosts and produces the popular In the Library with a Comic Book podcast with Jack Baur of Berkeley Public Library. She can be found online at http://www.amandajacobsfoust.com/.

Jack Baur is a graduate of the University of Oregon and University of Washington who discovered he could parlay his longtime love of comic books into a legitimate career niche, paving the way for much of what’s happened since. Shortly after grad school Jack became a Teen Services Librarian at the Berkeley Public Library. Jack likes comics, and since he’s been a Teen Librarian, he’s written several articles, a chapter in Genreflecting, gone to conventions and provided trainings about using comics in the library.

Learning Kodu: Basic Video Game Design for Kids

Learning Kodu: Basic Video Game Design for Kids

According to a 2016 “Sales, Demographic, and Usage Data” report released by the Entertainment Software Association, 63% of U.S. households have at least one person who plays video games for 3 hours or more each week. This same report states that consumers spent $23.5 billion on games in 2015 and that games are “personal learning gateways” where we will start to see them more in schools and in professional life. Libraries that provide basic video game design classes can provide that spark that ignites the next wave of video game designers.

In this webinar:
· Learn the basic components of video games.
· Receive step-by-step instructions for using Kodu Game Lab.
· Discover a variety of alternative gaming engines (GameMaker, etc.) where people can learn to experiment and ultimately to design their   own video games

​Slides:  https://www.slideshare.net/chadmairn/learning-kodu-basic-video-game-design-for-kids

Original broadcast May 10, 2017 

Biography ~ Chad Mairn 
Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus

Children’s Programing Ideas, Tips, & Tricks

Children’s Programing Ideas, Tips, & Tricks

Looking to expand your programs beyond weekly storytime and summer reading? Or are you interested in refreshing your stockpile of go-to programs?

In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase will cover:

The latest programming trends and ideas for incorporating them with limited time/budget
New ideas for low cost programs
Ideas for tapping into your local community for free or low cost programs
How to utilize your patrons and parents for free or low cost programming
Programming ideas that work with the National Summer Reading theme for 2017
Budgets and time are tight. We’ll spend an hour covering the latest programming trends and how they can be adapted to fit your needs. We’ll also cover the latest and greatest from Pinterest and beyond for programming ideas you can act on for 2017.

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Original broadcast February 23, 2017

Jill Burket Ragase ~ Biography
Jill Burket Ragase has worked as a Children’s Librarian and Collection Development Librarian in several states as an MLS Librarian and now is an independent library consultant and children’s services expert. She has made professional presentations at various professional conferences on children’s programming.

Tabletop Games and 21st Century Skill Development

Tabletop Games and 21st Century Skill Development

 

 

 

• Are you curious about new tabletop games?
• Have you seen your library users playing games?
• Have you wondered if games can be in your library for more than recreation?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this webinar is for you. In today’s culture, games are ubiquitous. Commercial games are published for recreation; however, games also provide opportunities for informal learning. In fact, to play games players must use at least one 21st Century Skills—often players use multiple skills. 21st Century Skills include creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration; every library user needs these skills. In this webinar, you will learn about tabletop games and their alignment with 21st Century Skills.

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Original broadcast February 8, 2017 

Biography ~ Lauren Hays
Lauren Hays is the Instructional and Research Librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University. She holds an MLS from Emporia State University. She also has an MS in Educational Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning from the University of Central Missouri. In 2014 and 2015, she served as the Principal Investigator on an IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant to create a library-based Center for Games & Learning. In 2015, she was awarded the New Professional Award from the Kansas Library Association