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Classic Picture Books are Boring and What You Should Read in Storytime Instead

Classic Picture Books are Boring and What You Should Read in Storytime Instead

Many books considered classics are difficult to integrate as part of an engaging storytime. In this interactive and informative program, we will examine the numerous reasons why many classic picture books should no longer be a librarian’s first choice of material and what elements we look for in a book while planning storytime.
You’ll also learn what new books are engaging the current generation of storytime audiences and when those old classics might still be a good option.


As a result of this webinar, attendees will learn:
● Why older picture books can fall flat in storytime and in what situations do we use them
● 4 specific traits to look for in a picture book that can make them engaging for storytime
● Examples of picture books that embody these traits
● How we convince caregivers to explore new books and enhance reading at home

 

 
 
Original broadcast May 4, 2021 
 
Presenter ~ Kelsey Pope
Kelsey is a Texas girl that has worked at the American Fork Library for the last two years. She is an Adult Services librarian who handles most of the programs for adults. Kelsey’s favorite part of her job is helping patrons expand their knowledge by learning and experiencing new things. Someday she hopes to open a combination sandwich shop and bookstore.
 
Presenter ~ Erin Warnick
Erin has been the Children’s Librarian at the American Fork Library for 8 years. One of Erin’s favorite things about her job is getting to know the families that visit the library and planning events for the community. She loves to travel and hopes to one day visit all the National Parks in the United States.
Creating a Culture of Caring: Practical Approaches to Support Young Adult Wellbeing and Mental Health

Creating a Culture of Caring: Practical Approaches to Support Young Adult Wellbeing and Mental Health

 

Student mental health is a growing concern among high schools, colleges and universities, particularly in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Students across the country are seeking connection and help from a variety of sources, and community members are uniquely positioned to identify and support struggling young adults.

Amy Gatto from Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health promotion and education for young adults, will provide practical approaches that community members can implement in the current climate to help create caring communities to help young adults thrive.

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Original broadcast March 30, 2021 

Presenter ~ Amy Gatto
Amy Gatto is the Senior Campus Program Manager at Active Minds where she works to create lasting change in the way mental health is talked about, cared for, and valued among educational institutions. She is interested in the relationship between health and education. Blending her experiences as a former high school teacher, higher education health educator, and young adult health researcher, she has found a niche in working to improve adolescent and young adult mental health.

Amy is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida in the College of Public Health, holds a Master in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Elon University.

Creating Content for Video

Creating Content for Video

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Video is one of the most effective ways to reach our students and users.  On average, people spend 100 minutes a day watching videos (smartinsights), so how can we be part of this daily viewing habit?   

What are the different options for creating live and recorded videos for our social media and our websites?  

We will explore free tools to utilize content ideas that work, content creation tools, and best practices for using video to promote the library.  

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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Geeky and Gaming Programs for Teens

Geeky and Gaming Programs for Teens

What’s going on in the world of fandoms, gaming and geekery? This presentation will summarize the 2020-2021 and beyond trends and predict what’s next. It will also share examples of incorporating fandom trends into your library for teens.

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is the author of Teen Fandoms and Geek Programming: a Practical Guide for Librarians, and has trained on geek programs to librarians for years.

In this informative program, participants will learn:
• What are the most popular TV shows, podcasts, movies, games and more right now
• What’s happening in the world of gaming- hardware, cultural and gaming trends
• Creating library gaming programs in the new world of gaming
• Passive geek programs
• Geeky craft program ideas

 

 
Original broadcast March 25, 2021 
 
Presenter ~ Carrie Rogers-Whitehead
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead worked in libraries for nearly a decade and now consults and trains librarians. She is the author of the book Teen Fandom and Geek Programming with Rowman & Littlefield and her new book Digital Citizenship: Teaching and Practice from the Field comes out in fall 2019. She is the founder of Digital Respons-Ability, a mission-based company that educates students, parents and educators on digital citizenship. She is also a college instructor, event planner who regularly writes on technology for various media outlets.
 
YouTube Live Streaming

YouTube Live Streaming

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Live Streaming is a great way to engage your users online. As libraries, we can use it to bring our services and programs to users throughout our community.

During this interactive session, we will explore the basic how-to’s of live streaming, the tools we can use to enhance the experience, and best practices to get the most out of each virtual event. 

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.

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.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

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.

If you have questions about a session, contact TBLC.

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).