Category Archives: Youth Services

Summer Reading 2020: Planning in a Time of Pandemic – 1 LEU

summer reading 2020 planning in a time of pandemic and puss in boots literary characterYour library is closed, the future is uncertain, and summer is approaching swiftly. Don’t panic! In this webinar Beth Yates, ISL Children’s Consultant, will walk you through the major issues to consider when deciding what your library’s summer will look like. From tracking to programs to reaching patrons without internet, we will touch on it all.

Date Recorded: 4/16/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Beth Yates / Indiana State Library, Children’s Consultant

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Outreach to Daycares and Preschools with the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award – 1 LEU

Abby JohnsonJoin Abby Johnson from the Floyd County Library to learn about how to do more with the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. We will discuss why Firefly outreach is important, how to set up circulating book kits for daycares and preschools, incorporating the Firefly Award into existing outreach and lots more! This webinar was recorded on 2/11/2020.

Date Recorded: 2/11/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Abby Johnson / Floyd County Library


Indiana Kids Count! The 2020 Census @ Your Library – 1 LEU

Every Hoosier child counts logoWhy is the 2020 Census important for kids?

Children under 5 were the most under-counted part of the U.S. population in the 2010 Census, and between 2000 and 2010, the under-count was worse rather than better. If we don’t have a complete and accurate count of the young children in our communities, federal and state programs that benefit these kids don’t receive the right amount of funding they need to operate.

23% of people recorded in Indiana in the last census were ages 18 and under. That’s a major part of our population that requires an accurate count. You can help!

This webinar will explain the basics of the census and why it’s important. We’ll share resources for reading, programs, and activities you can implement now for your library, leading up to mid-March, when every household will receive an invitation to fill out the 2020 Census!

Date Recorded: 2/4/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Katie Spinger / Indiana State Library, Indiana State Data Center Program Manager

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CSLP 2020: Imagine Your Story – 1 LEU

imagine your story logoGet started planning your 2020 Summer Library Program by attending this Collaborative Summer Library Program webinar!  Join the Indiana State Library from the comfort of your own desk for this webinar, where you will be introduced to and receive updates about the 2020 CSLP Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story.”  This webinar is for those serving any age in a public library; the session will include few program ideas for preschool, children, teen, and adults.  Webinar attendees shared their own program ideas, which were added to the CSLP 2020 Program Idea Sheet linked below!

Date Recorded: 1/23/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Beth Yates / Indiana State Library, Children’s Consultant

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Grants for Youth Services – 1 LEU

image of hand with $100 billLooking to fund your next great library idea? There might be a grant for that! Navigating the world of grants can be daunting for even the most seasoned professional, and many people aren’t even sure where to start. This webinar will provide a brief overview on how to search for funding, as well as recommendations for tackling those applications

Date Recorded: 10/16/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Angela Fox, Indiana State Library

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Bring NASA to Your Library with STEM Programming – 1 LEU

Hear from two librarians experienced in the NASA @ My Library program about how they have used the kit materials in their libraries to bring STEM programming to the masses and connect their libraries with the research and science of NASA.  Ryan Curto, Bedford Public Library, and Allison McLean, Elkhart Public Library, share ideas for programs they have done using the original NASA@MyLibrary kits.

Date Recorded: 4/12/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Ryan Curto, Bedford Public Library and Allison McLean, Elkhart Public Library


Where’s My Cape? Managing a Youth Services Department – 1 LEU

image of person with superman capeYou were a hard-working youth librarian.  Now, you’re a youth services manager moving at the speed of light.  Experienced or just starting out, everyone needs a support network.  Join us for this Q&A-based webinar, where three current youth services managers (and one children’s consultant/ex-manager) share their tips & tricks about time management, coping with staffing dynamics, and handling change.

Date Recorded: 4/24/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Beth Yates / Indiana State Library and Alyssa Morgan / Morgan County Public Library and Casey O’Leary / Mooresville Public Library and Cathy Riley / Hancock County Public Library

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Essential Astronomy for Libraries – 1 LEU


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Join us as members of the Indiana Astronomical Society provide an introduction to practical observing that can be used at libraries for their own astronomy-themed programs.  This session will explore the basics of navigating the night sky, cover common types of celestial objects, and provide guidance for finding and identifying popular targets in the summer night sky.  Whether you are planning a “Universe of Stories” star-gazing program this summer or just want to brush up on your knowledge of our galaxy, this webinar will provide the information you need!

Date Recorded: 3/6/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Ben Jansen, Vice-President – Indiana Astronomical Society / Laura Keller, Secretary & Librarian – Indiana Astronomical Society / Fred Keller, Board Member – Indiana Astronomical Society / Mike Birch, Board Member – Indiana Astronomical Society

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Girls Who Code: Fostering Equity in IN Library STEM Programming – 1 LEU


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Poonam Gill of Girls Who Code will introduce the Girls Who Code program and offer suggestions for inspiring and equipping youth in your community with the skills they need to succeed in college and career. This webinar will teach you a) how to foster an inclusive environment within your STEM programs, b) how to increase female role model representation in your curriculum, c) how to create holistic STEM programming that builds important life skills for youth in your community, d) how to access free and customizable Girls Who Code curriculum and resources (like easy mini-grants of $300 per semester) through the no-cost Girls Who Code Clubs program for 3-12th graders of all genders, and e) learn about real stories from Girls Who Code Clubs to help you build your own programming.

Date Recorded: 2/20/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Pooman Gill / Girls Who Code

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CSLP 2019: A Universe of Stories webinar – 1 LEU


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Get started planning your 2019 Summer Library Program from the comfort of your library by attending this Collaborative Summer Library Program 2019 “space” themed webinar!  This webinar introduces you to the theme, the artwork, and the manual for all ages (Early Literacy, Children’s, Teen, and Adults) based on the CSLP 2019 theme, “A Universe of Stories!”  Some program ideas are shared.  For more program ideas, see ISL’s CSLP 2019: Program Ideas for All Ages sheet.

Date Recorded: 1/9/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Beth Yates / Indiana State Library

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