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The Nuts and Bolts of Building a More Inclusive Children’s Collection

The Nuts and Bolts of Building a More Inclusive Children’s Collection

As Rudine Sim Bishop so beautifully stated, great books for children are “windows, mirrors and sliding doors” that create a sense of belonging as well as bridges of empathy and mutual understanding. Join Kirsten Nilsson, Summit County Library’s Children’s Librarian, as she discusses the “how” and “why” of building more inclusive children’s library collections. She’ll give suggestions for assessing our current collections to determine what we have, and what we may be missing, that could cause our readers to feel invisible or unimportant. She’ll also provide resources for how to dig deeper into this subject of inclusion and where to find the best books to broaden the reach of our collections so that every reader can find themselves on the shelves of our libraries.

Learning Objectives:
• Be able to evaluate your collection for diverse children’s books
• Have resources to broaden your collection
• Be able to discuss the value of a diverse collection with staff and management

Original broadcast June 2, 2020

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Biography ~ Kirsten Nilsson
As the Children’s Librarian for the Summit County Libraries, in Utah, Kirsten Nilsson wants all children to know that they are an important part of a vibrant and diverse community—she works hard to see that all of their stories are reflected in her library’s children’s collections and programs. She spends the rest of her time working on story times, baby rhyme times, summer reading programs, mother/daughter book group discussions, book reviews and having lots of fun training her new Goldendoodle puppy “Pippi” to be her library’s resident READ dog.

 

A Book Club for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: The Journey of an Academic Librarian

A Book Club for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: The Journey of an Academic Librarian

 

Discover how leading a successful book club for college students with intellectual disabilities (ID) at a university campus led one librarian on a leadership adventure that she never quite expected. By working with this unique group of college students, she grew personally, learned how to step outside of her comfort zone, and had a lot of fun while realizing the importance of not taking life too seriously.

In this session, the audience should expect to learn how taking calculated risks can pay off in one’s leadership journey. In addition, attendees will understand the value of working with individuals who differ from them as a way to gain unique perspectives. Having no previous experience working with those with intellectual disabilities, and no special education training, the librarian benefitted from the knowledge and rare experiences she shared with this special population, while forming new friendships.

As a result of this presentation, the audience will learn the following:

• Invaluable benefits of working with students who have intellectual disabilities or anyone with differing abilities
• Rewards of stepping outside of one’s comfort zone and taking calculated risks
• Importance of keeping an open mind and an open heart

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Original broadcast May 12, 2020 

Biography ~ Leah Plocharczyk
Leah Plocharczyk is the Assistant Director of the John D. MacArthur Campus Library at FAU’s Jupiter campus where she oversees all aspects of the library’s operation. She is active in mentoring students, as well as leadership and library outreach. She has published articles on library collaboration with marine mammal stranding networks and conflict management within libraries. She is currently co-authoring a book about the importance of library book clubs as educational tools for adults with intellectual disabilities.

 

Virtual Storytimes: Filming Before, During, and After COVID- 19

Virtual Storytimes: Filming Before, During, and After COVID- 19

The world was turned upside down in early 2020. Many libraries were closed suddenly and children’s librarians were asked to do storytimes online, some with materials and some without. Authors and musicians were giving permission for use, but the rules of copyright have, and continue to be dubious. This brings up many important issues as to what our role is as library storytellers before, during and after this pandemic. This webinar hopes to answer questions regarding virtual storytimes and empower library workers to rise to the challenge of providing professional online early literacy to our patrons.
Our presenters will answer common questions about copyright, best practices, technology, accessibility and more. Our presenters are also happy to take follow-up questions and chat more!

Attendees will learn how to:
● Get a basic idea of how copyright works
● Find resources for copyrighted material before, after and during COVID 19
● Implement best practices in every storytime including accessibility
● Filming tips and strategies for a virtual storytime
● Do storytimes with limited materials
● Technology tips for doing storytime from home

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Original broadcast May 13, 2020

 

Biography ~ Melanie Borski-Howard and Friends
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/)

Busy Babies: Building Baby Playdates for Your Library

Busy Babies: Building Baby Playdates for Your Library

 

 

Play is one of the Early Literacy skills outlined in Every Child Ready to Read. Yet, babies in libraries are often overlooked in play programming, because there has traditionally been a struggle to engage their parents and caregivers enough to merit bringing babies to the library. While baby story times have often been champions of early literacy, they often leave out explorative and sensory play, opting for lap sit activities to contain the chaos.

At Suffolk Public Library, our Busy Babies program has had upwards of 90 people attend to play with their babies in the library, simply by hosting a monthly baby playdate. Join us for this interactive and informative program and discover how easy it is to engage this age group and their caregivers in sensory play, tummy time, and messy free play. Benefits for parents and caregivers who bring their babies to this program will also be discussed.

Participants will learn:
• The why and how for creating a baby playdate
• How to create stations for play that can be shared system-wide
• Strategies for engaging parents/ caregivers with their babies through sensory play

Original broadcast February 27, 2020

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.

 

Did you see that post about…: Adapting to change in Children’s Services

Did you see that post about…: Adapting to change in Children’s Services

Have even seen an article or clicked on a heated discussion in a Youth Services Social Media group and thought people were making good points, but weren’t sure how to make changes at your library? Have you wanted to make changes but feared push back from staff or customers if you changed a long standing or beloved program?

Children’s Librarianship is changing, but it can be challenging to change our habits with them! Learn how to view these challenges as opportunities as two seasoned children’s professional share their own lessons learned and changes made.

In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase and Amy Schardein will give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to:
• Change your programming to respond to current topics in Youth Services
• Tweak existing programs/services/approaches in light of new understanding
• Respond with flexibility to changes in the field and encourage flexibility in others.
• Learn how to talk with staff and customers about adapting programming

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Original  broadcast February 20, 2020 

Biography ~ Jill Burket Ragase
Jill Burket Ragase is the Literacy Content and Logistics Manager for Blue Manatee Literacy Project, a non-profit children’s bookstore and literacy outreach program. She earned her MLS from the University of Kentucky and is a former Children’s and Juvenile Collection Development Librarian. She is also the proud parent of two, yes two sets of boy/girl twins with her husband Mark in Cincinnati, OH.

Biography ~ Amy Schardein
Amy Schardein, MLS, is a Children’s Librarian in Covington, KY for the Kenton County Public Library  where she has specialized in early childhood work for over fifteen years.  She plans and presents programs, manages book collections, writes and manages grants and presents on a variety of library topics related to Children’s Services. She was the 2011 SWON Librarian of the year and is listed in both the 2013 and 2015 Covington Index of Awesome.  Amy plays her ukulele and manage the schedule of two teenage children in her spare time.

A Dungeon Master in the Library: Women, Libraries, and Role-playing Games

A Dungeon Master in the Library: Women, Libraries, and Role-playing Games

 

Do you have Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) books in your stacks? The popularity of a fantasy game from the 70’s might not be on your radar, but it definitely should be and I’m here to tell you why.

Live-streaming shows with millions of viewers like Critical Role and Adventure Zone and the prevalence of D&D in fictional shows like Stranger Things have brought role-playing games (RPGs) back into the spotlight. It’s not just guys hiding in their mom’s basement playing all night at a card table with caffeine and sugar to fuel them. More people than ever are playing due to a 2014 revamp, making D&D more inclusive, along with other innovative and creative systems that allow people of all ages an easy entry into a game.

Whether it fits into your library’s budget, or not, role-playing games have a multitude of benefits for the people that play them. In this webinar, I will help you understand what RPGs are and why you should advocate to include them in your library collections and programs. I will also share some great resources that allow easy access to you and your patrons. I’m a champion of RPGs and I want you to be too!

You will learn:

A short history of RPGs, women that are at the forefront of their renaissance, and new and popular publications adding amazing depth to the world of role-play gaming
Some of the many benefits of playing an RPG and how that can be a strength for your library
How to access free and low cost materials for starting your own campaign or library program
Where to find RPG support and how-tos when you need them

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Original broadcast February 12, 2020

Biography ~ Erin Stachowiak
Erin has worked in the library field for over 13 years and earned her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2016. She is currently one of the Collection Librarians at Arapahoe Library District in Colorado and oversees the media, graphic novels, and electronic resource collections for their 9 branches. Erin has been on multiple panels discussing some of her favorite things like comics, films, RPGs and more at past Denver Pop Culture Cons. She can be found in her basement every Saturday night, playing a 15th level Tengu cleric that’s fighting to save the world.


 

Best of Children’s Books 2019 ~ (2 Hour Special)

Best of Children’s Books 2019 ~ (2 Hour Special)

 
 

 

 

With over 30,000 titles published for children in 2018, it can be challenging to see the forest through the trees. Identifying new titles for use in programs, displays, teacher collections, and class visits can be challenging and time consuming.

In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase and Amy Schardein will give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to:

Be up to date on recently released board books, picture books, chapter books, and nonfiction books for children
Pair new items to create storytimes and other programs

This overview of must have board, picture, and nonfiction books covers under the radar choices for programs and class visits, coverage of un-reviewed items, and suggestions for almost every facet of your collection. Program ideas and pairings and an extensive bibliography are also included.

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Original broadcast January 30, 2020



Biography ~ Jill Burket Ragase

Jill Burket Ragase is the Literacy Content and Logistics Manager for Blue Manatee Literacy Project, a non-profit children’s bookstore and literacy outreach program. She earned her MLS from the University of Kentucky and is a former Children’s and Juvenile Collection Development Librarian. She is also the proud parent of two, yes two sets of boy/girl twins with her husband Mark in Cincinnati, OH.

Biography ~ Amy Schardein
Amy Schardein, MLS, is a Children’s Librarian in Covington, KY for the Kenton County Public Library  where she has specialized in early childhood work for over fifteen years.  She plans and presents programs, manages book collections, writes and manages grants and presents on a variety of library topics related to Children’s Services. She was the 2011 SWON Librarian of the year and is listed in both the 2013 and 2015 Covington Index of Awesome.  Amy plays her ukulele and manage the schedule of two teenage children in her spare time.

Star Wars Literature: A Galaxy of Stories for All Ages

Star Wars Literature: A Galaxy of Stories for All Ages

The Skywalker Saga is coming to an end this December with the release of The Rise of Skywalker, but the Galaxy Far, Far Away is a bigger place than ever before. This interactive and informative program will review a selection of canon literary materials set in the Star Wars Galaxy, including picture books, Young Adult novels, adult science fiction, non-fiction and art books, and graphic novels and comics for all ages.

In this program participants will:
-be able to identify the most popular and well-read Star Wars canon
-gain a better understanding of the publishing houses behind Star Wars books and comics
-know where to look for resources to assist in reader’s advisory
-be able to determine if Star Wars materials are appropriate for their libraries and collections

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Original broadcast December 10, 2019 

Biography ~ Eden Grey
Eden is a former Teen Services Librarian and member of YALSA and KLA, during which time she enjoyed presenting webinars and teaching at conferences. She currently manages an optometry practice.

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.