813-324-2901
Best Children’s Books of 2018 (2 Hour Special)

Best Children’s Books of 2018 (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.

Handout

Original broadcast February 14, 2019

Biography ~Jill Burket Ragase and Amy Schardein
Jill Burket Ragase has enthusiastically shared her passion for Youth Services as an Independent Library Consultant for four years. She earned her MLS from the University of Kentucky and is the former Children’s Librarian and Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, an SLJ 5 star library and winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Services. She is also the proud parent of two, yes two sets of boy/girl twins with her husband Mark in Cincinnati, OH.

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, presents on a variety of library topics related to library service for children and brings her ukulele most of the time. At home, she raises two teenagers, chases two daschunds and snuggles one cat.

Pros and Cons of a Library Gaming Center

Pros and Cons of a Library Gaming Center

 

Many libraries have incorporated video gaming centers into their teen areas as part of an overall goal to provide safe, welcoming places for them to gather. Have you been thinking about doing the same, but aren’t sure where to start? Do you have concerns about adding video games to your branch offerings?

Two recently renovated Fairfax County (VA) Public Library branches have added video gaming centers, and staff members at both locations have faced challenges and seen rewards from running gaming centers during the past two years. Join librarians Caroline Labbé and Rebecca LaPlante as they share their experiences and provide tips on how you can run a successful gaming center.

Attendees will learn how to:

● Identify factors to consider when developing a teen video gaming center
● Recognize the challenges with teen gaming centers and how to proactively address them
● Develop policies and procedures covering the use of a gaming center

Handout

Original broadcast February 7, 2019

 

Biography ~ Caroline Labbe and Rebecca LaPlante
Caroline Labbé has worked in elementary school libraries, academic libraries, and public libraries since 1989, starting as a volunteer and working her way up to librarian, earning an MSLS along the way. She is currently an Adult Services Librarian and Tech Team member at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Branch of the Fairfax County Public Library system. She and her husband are the proud owners of their very own XboxOne. Her favorite games are the Just Dance games.

Rebecca LaPlante has worked in libraries in a variety of roles supporting adult services since 2012 and is currently the Assistant Branch Manager at the Pohick Regional Branch of the Fairfax County Public Library system. While she still has a soft spot for the classic video games of her youth (Dig Dug, anyone?), she does enjoy Super Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch and hopes to one day win a game.

Board Games, Rokus, Hotspots and More: Circulating Nontraditional Items

Board Games, Rokus, Hotspots and More: Circulating Nontraditional Items

As circulation of DVDs and CDs decline, many libraries are acquiring different types of physical items for the public to borrow.

This landscape is changing every day – libraries are adding everything from electronic devices such as Fitbits and blood pressure cuffs to pieces of equipment like cake pans and tools.In this interactive and informative program, well discuss:

· How to decide which items best fit your community’s needs
· How to budget for them
· How to catalog and process them
· How to store them
· How to weed them

Don’t miss this nuts-and-bolts session, with lots of time for discussion and sharing tips for best practices.

Handout

Handout

Original broadcast January 22, 2019


Biography ~ Cari Dubiel

Cari is the Adult Learning and Information Services Manager at Twinsburg Public Library. She is also a writer, teacher, and podcaster.

Recommended Read Alouds, Ages 0-6

Recommended Read Alouds, Ages 0-6

With over 30,000 titles published for children in 2017, 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 will give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to:

Be up to date on recently released board and picture books that are ideal for reading aloud in storytime, outreach visits, and other library programming.
Pair new items to create story-times and other programs

This overview of must have board and 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 programming calendar. Program ideas and pairings and an extensive bibliography are also included.

Original broadcast December 11. 2018

Handout

Jill Burket Ragase ~ Biography
Jill Burket Ragase has enthusiastically shared her passion for Youth Services as an Independent Library Consultant for four years. She earned her MLS from the University of Kentucky and is the former Children’s Librarian and Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She is also the proud parent of two, yes two sets of boy/girl twins with her husband Mark in Cincinnati, OH.

 

Yoga Storytime 101

Yoga Storytime 101

Combining basic yoga movements into library storytime is becoming more popular. Yes, yoga storytime is both adorable and fun, but with a little understanding and intentionality, it can also be a powerful strategy for boosting early learning.

This webinar will provide a basic introduction to yoga storytime. Research into the relationship between movement and early literacy will be shared, along with yoga’s natural alignment with young children’s playfulness and imagination. Simple shapes, great books, and fun songs will all be shared, leaving participants ready to move in their next storytime!

At the conclusion of webinar, participants will be able to:

Define physical literacy
Understand how movement can enhance preschool early learning
Know several basic yoga shapes they can comfortably use with preschoolers
Know several books they can adapt for physical storytelling

Handout

Original broadcast November 15, 2018

Katie Scherrer ~ Biography
Katie Scherrer is a consultant, trainer, and writer who works with libraries and educational organizations across the country. As a Children’s Librarian from 2005-2012, Katie’s work was focused on developing creative partnerships that engage Spanish-speaking while simultaneously presenting solutions to real-life challenges. In 2012, she became a consultant, helping others develop strategies for engaging diverse families, particularly in areas of the country where demographics are changing rapidly, but bilingual/bicultural staff are still lacking. Simultaneously, Katie’s life was changed by mindfulness and yoga beginning in 2004. These practices brought greater acceptance, curiosity, and awareness into all aspects of her life, including her professional work. She began teaching children’s yoga in 2013, became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) in 2015, and published Stories, Songs, and Stretches! Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement in 2017 with ALA Editions. In 2018, Katie launched “Stories, Songs, and Stretches!” This early learning startup offers certification and guidance to professionals from a wide variety of fields and experience levels in the intentional use of mindful movement to enhance preschool early learning through embodied play.

Katie is the co-author, along with Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo, of Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish, (2016, ALA Editions). She served as a member of the 2013 Pura Belpré book award committee and was an appointee to the planning task force for the 20th Anniversary of the Pura Belpré Award. She is an active, lifetime member of Reforma – The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. She is also an active member of the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), and a current member of the Early Childhood Programs and Services task force.

 

Activity Stations for Storytime

Activity Stations for Storytime

 

Activity stations can add variety and interest to storytime. They can expand a story, theme, or concept. Many activities are designed to develop gross or fine motor skills, others focus in on pre-literacy or early math concepts.

In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase will skip the crafts versus activities war give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to:

Select activities that will engage a wide-age range of children and their parents.
Incorporate highly appealing books, activities and movement as that work for group participation
Recommend specific station activities that have proven successful
Strategies to execute stations in spaces small or large on a variety of budgets.
Tips to manage the transition to activity stations full time and/or how to incorporate aspects of stations into regular programming

Whether you want to turn every storytime into a hands-on STEAM experience or jazz up your storytime with some fun activities, this webinar provides participants with lots of ideas and resources for implementing activity stations in their storytimes and other programming.

[pdf-embedder url=”https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/9.11.18-Activity-Stations-for-Storytime.pdf” title=”Handout”]

 

Original broadcast September 11, 2018

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.

 

Spine-Chilling Ideas for Halloween at Your Library

Spine-Chilling Ideas for Halloween at Your Library

Boo! Don’t be bored with the same old Halloween decorations and ideas this year! Halloween will be here before we know it and this interactive and informative webinar is for you if you are looking for fresh spooktacular ideas!
From social media accounts to interactive patron programs, to decorations and displays, Kathy Zappitello will cover every aspect of Halloween fun. You will leave with 20 fresh new ideas (or more!) to incorporate into your Halloween plans this fall.

[pdf-embedder url=”https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/8.28.18-Spine-Chilling-Ideas-for-Halloween.pdf” title=”Handout “]

Original broadcast August 28, 2018

Kathy Zappitello ~ Biography
Kathy has worked for fourteen years in Ohio libraries and is currently the Executive Director of the Conneaut Public Library in Conneaut, Ohio. Kathy also works as a producer, writer, actor, and director for one of Ohio’s cable access channels that provides programming to households in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Kathy is also a member of the Executive Board for The Association of Rural and Small Libraries.

 

Spanish Storytime: Where to Start & How to Do It (even if you barely speak Spanish!)

Spanish Storytime: Where to Start & How to Do It (even if you barely speak Spanish!)

 

[pdf-embedder url=”https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/7.26.18-Spanish-Storytime-1.pdf” title=”Handout “][pdf-embedder url=”https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spanish-storytime-resources.pdf” title=”Handout”][pdf-embedder url=”https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spanish-Rhyme-Cards-1.pdf” title=”Handout “][pdf-embedder url=”https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spanish-Rhyme-Cards-2-2.pdf” title=”Handout”]

 

 


 

There are more than 37 million Spanish speakers in the United States, and it is by far the most spoken non-English language for people over the age of 5.  Spanish is also the most spoken language of non-Hispanics in households in the United States.

The desire for parents to give their children exposure to a second language and the rapid growth of Hispanic populations in the United States is all the more reason to start an engaging bilingual storytime at your library.

In this interactive webinar program, Alicia Lemar will give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to:

Select appropriate titles for Bilingual Storytimes
Teach rhymes and songs that will help children and adults recall the language
Utilize props to further enhance language development

Learn the ins and outs of presenting a bilingual storytime from an experienced children’s librarian and bilingual storytime presenter. We’ll cover tips and tricks to make your bilingual storytime a success – even if you are not a native speaker or have limited knowledge of Spanish!

[pdf-embedder url=”https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/7.26.18-Spanish-Storytime-1.pdf” title=”Handout “][pdf-embedder url=”https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spanish-storytime-resources.pdf” title=”Handout”][pdf-embedder url=”https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spanish-Rhyme-Cards-1.pdf” title=”Handout “][pdf-embedder url=”https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spanish-Rhyme-Cards-2-2.pdf” title=”Handout”]

Original broadcast July 26, 2018

Alicia Lemar ~ Biography
Alicia Lemar has enthusiastically shared her passion for bilingual storytime for eight years. She earned her MLS from Indiana University and is a former Children’s Librarian at the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library in Indiana and the Forsyth County Public Library in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She is teaching her own brood of children Spanish through songs and rhymes and stories!

 

Everything You Need to Know About Musical Storytimes

Everything You Need to Know About Musical Storytimes

Are you ready to step up your storytime game and increase your numbers at storytime? Do you have a passion for music, play an instrument (for better or worse) and sing in your storytime? Do you sing or hum songs all day long and drive your co-workers crazy by getting songs stuck in their heads? If yes, you are ready to start doing Musical Storytimes!
The connection between music, reading and language is undeniable and the research to prove it is vast. By incorporating more music into storytime you will find a greater foundation for presenting literacy skills in a fun interactive way. This webinar will give you tips and tools to take your storytime to a new exciting level. Kids (including babies) and caregivers LOVE it and you will too.

Attendees will learn how to:
Choose books and flannels with fundamental rhythmic elements.
Ways to incorporate instruments into a storytime on multiple levels.
Tips that help make a Musical Storytime a success.
Learn about Every Child Ready To Read Six Skills and Five Practices (http://everychildreadytoread.org/) and how each work specific to a Musical Storytime.

Handout

Original broadcast July 24, 2018

Melanie Borski-Howard ~ Biography
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 2002. She does 4-5 storytimes a week and incorporates music into everyone. She also does storytime at a local preschool and is currently in her Second Season of the local televised program, Read With Us. (https://boulderlibrary.org/youth/read-with-us/)

 

I Can’t Reach It! Shelving and Layout in the Children’s Department

I Can’t Reach It! Shelving and Layout in the Children’s Department

The children served by youth services spaces/departments span a vast spectrum of developmental milestones. This webinar will challenge staff who work with children to take a fresh look at their spaces with differing age groups- from infants through tweens in mind. Space allocation, shelving, displays, and even the placement of the reference and circulation desks all impact circulation and customer experience. Is your space functioning at its best at each point along the growth curve?

Following this webinar, attendees will be able to:
• Determine if their collection allocation and placement is maximized for youth patrons interest,
demand, and convenience.
• Understand the impact of signage as a user experience and how to incorporate it effectively and
efficiently in a space used by non-readers, emergent readers, and early readers.
• Orient their materials, shelving, and service points with young patrons in mind.
• Use space creatively.

We will tackle each topic with options for libraries with little to no budget, some budget, and big budgets for improvements. This interactive webinar will encourage you to share your departments best as we walk through ideas from libraries nationwide.

[pdf-embedder url=”https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/6.21.18-I-Cant-Reach-It-1.pdf” title=”Handout”]

Original broadcast June 21, 2018 


Jill Burket Ragase ~ Biography

Jill Burket Ragase has enthusiastically shared her passion for Youth Services as an Independent Library Consultant for four years. She earned her MLS from the University of Kentucky and is the former Children’s Librarian and Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, an SLJ 5 star library. She is also the proud parent of two, yes two sets of boy/girl twins with her husband Mark in Cincinnati, OH.