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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.

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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.

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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!)

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Comics, Superheroes and Pop Culture in Your Library

Comics, Superheroes and Pop Culture in Your Library

Superheroes have become a multi-billion dollar industry, with four of the top ten theatrically released films in both 2017 and 2016 being based on comic book properties. Considering that superhero characters started to appear in comics in 1938, though, it can be difficult to know where to start when developing your collections.

In this interactive and informative webinar, a long-time superhero comic fan will teach you how to stop looking at superhero comics as a single genre but instead as multiple genres, allowing you to match materials with your customers.

Topics covered and discussed will include:
The major comic book publishers and “universes”
How to select and recommend titles for all ages
Diversity in superhero comics, especially for YA audiences
Purchasing for single or multiple branches
Digital resources and vendors
Movies and other tie-in media for your collections
Marketing and promotion

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Original broadcast April 19, 2018 


Brian Real ~ Biography

Brian Real is a public services librarian for the Calvert Library, a public library system in rural southern Maryland. He holds a Master of Library Science (2011) and PhD in Information Studies (2015) from the University of Maryland, where he currently teaches graduate courses in public libraries and reference services.

Brian served as the lead author of the report Rural Libraries in the United States: Recent Strides, Future Possibilities, and Meeting Community Needs, which was published by the American Library Association in summer 2017. He also edited the volume Rural and Small Public Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities for the Advances in Librarianship book series, which was published in November 2017.

 

Best Children’s Books of 2017 (2 Hour Special!)

Best Children’s Books of 2017 (2 Hour Special!)

 

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 consiIn 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 February 15, 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 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 ~ Biography
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 ten 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.

Sensory Storytime 101: Where to Start and How to Make It Amazing!

Sensory Storytime 101: Where to Start and How to Make It Amazing!

 

More than 3.5 million American live with an autism spectrum disorder. The CDC estimates 1 in 68 US school children fall within the autism spectrum. An even greater number of children are impacted by developmental delays and/or disabilities.

Families impacted both by autism and developmental disabilities live in communities of all sizes. Providing programming for this demographic is an impactful way for the library to be an inclusive and supportive resource for families.

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

Select program appropriate titles and activities for Sensory Storytimes
Present and adapt programs for multiple ages/audiences as well as programming area/library sizes
Create and deliver programs that allow children to continue learning and skill building beyond storytime.
Enhance storytime inclusion.

Learn the ins and outs of presenting a sensory storytime from an experienced librarian who also happens to parent a developmental disabled child. We’ll cover the librarian tips and tricks as well as things you can do to enhance inclusion and make this segment of your patron population feel welcome!

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Original broadcast February 1, 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 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.

Digital Tools and Apps  That Inspire Storytelling and Creativity

Digital Tools and Apps That Inspire Storytelling and Creativity

 

Our students love telling their stories in creative and unique ways. Through technology and with access to so many wonderful digital tools and apps, we can now give children new ways to tell their stories within all areas of the curriculum. In this presentation, ​we will share several digital storytelling tools and apps that will enhance creativity within your libraries and classrooms. You will learn how to use these tools and hear project ideas for each. The digital tools, along with engaging and exciting ways to use them, will inspire the creativity in storytelling that you are looking for this year!

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Original broadcast January 25, 2018


Biography ~ Kira Smith

Kira Smith is a virtual reference provider for Florida’s Ask A Librarian Service. She has Master’s Degrees in Library Science and Education. Kira is a former elementary school teacher and childbirth educator. She has lived in New York, Louisiana, Texas and Florida. She enjoys teaching, technology and travel.

Board Books 101: From Selection to Programming Use and Everything In Between

Board Books 101: From Selection to Programming Use and Everything In Between

 

With over 30,000 titles published for children in 2015, 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:

Understand the role of Board Books in a well-balanced collection
Ideas for housing, storage, and display
An overview of recommended titles from the last 24 months

We will begin with a review of infant and toddler development focusing on the role of early literacy. This webinar will also feature a robust round up of must have board books including under the radar items, choices for programs, and un-reviewed titles. Program ideas and pairings and an extensive bibliography are also included.

Original broadcast December 14, 2017 

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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.