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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

 

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/)

 

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.

 

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.

Best Teen Book Club Choices

 

Hosting engaging book clubs that keep teens coming back can be a challenge. This program with Eden Grey will help you overcome that challenge!

In this interactive and informative program, you’ll learn about the best options in Young Adult literature for keeping teens engaged, interested, and talking up your book club to all of their friends.

Participants will also be able to:
Find resources for book discussion topics and related activities
Recognize opportunities for Reader’s Advisory
Learn ways to engage reluctant readers in discussions and activities
Connect book discussion topics to class material, real life situations, hobbies, and other aspects of teen life

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Original broadcast December 7, 2017


Eden Grey ~ Biography

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

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