Category Archives: Youth Services

Media Mentorship for Youth Services virtual workshop – 4 LEUs

This virtual, one-day training brought together Indiana and Maryland youth services staff to learn about the use of digital media in libraries and the role library staff can play as media mentors to youth and caregivers.

Part 1 explores technology/media trends and basic concepts surrounding media mentorship. 2 hrs / 2 LEUs

Part 2 explores practical applications and peer learning, helping library staff to incorporate media mentorship principles into their library programs, collections, and services. 2 hrs / 2 LEUs

Date Recorded: 10/27/2022

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:  This training is facilitated by a team of library and media professionals, including Lisa Guernsey of New America; Dorothy Stoltz, consultant/retired librarian from Carroll County Public Library (MD); Conni Strittmatter, Youth & Family Engagement Manager, Baltimore County Public Library; and Amy Koester from Skokie Public Library (IL), in addition to facilitation by Beth Yates, Children’s Consultant, Indiana State Library, and Carrie Sanders, Youth Services Coordinator, Maryland State Library Agency. Additionally, several library professionals from around the country are special guests, sharing their particular expertise and knowledge in the application of media mentorship work in libraries and youth services.

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  • All slides and a resource sheet can be found in this Google Folder

Part 1 = 2 hours / 2 LEUs

 

Part 2 = 2 hours / 2 LEUs

 

TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten – 1 LEU

talk logo yellow fish with the word talk

Learn about TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten, a text messaging program based on Every Child Ready to Read that empowers parents and caregivers to prepare their little ones for school success by sending easy, fun activity suggestions they can do at home.

In partnership with the Indiana State Library and Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, with funding from an IMLS National Leadership grant, TALK is now available in Indiana. Originally developed and tested by libraries in Washtenaw County, Michigan with IMLS/LSTA funds distributed through the Library of Michigan, TALK is currently being used by many public libraries in Michigan to reach parents they might not see at library storytimes. Learn details about the service, the toolkits, and how you can use text messaging to help improve school readiness in your community.

Date Recorded: 11/2/22

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Jodi Krahnke, Head of Youth Services and Angie Martin-Schwarze, TALK Program Assistant / Ypsilanti District Library (Michigan)

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Philosophy and Children’s Literature – 1 LEU

father and child with book teddy bear reading in natureChildren’s literature is full of philosophical questions and ideas, reflecting an awareness of children’s propensities to think about life’s big questions. This webinar will explore ways to inspire exploration with children about their big questions through children’s books. We will examine several examples of philosophically-suggestive works, and will engage as a group in a philosophical inquiry based on a picture book. You will come away with ideas and resources for involving children in philosophical questioning and discovery through literature.

Date Recorded: 10/25/22

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Jana Mohr Lone, Executive Director of Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) and Affiliate Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington

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Raising Ready Readers – 1 LEU

Raising ready readers muncie public library racoon open bookIn this webinar, Katie Lehman of the Muncie Public Library’s Ready Readers program will explore a variety of methods used by the program to engage children in reading in creative and fun ways. Participants will learn different ways that these approaches can be incorporated into their own library’s programming.

Katie Lehman is the founding leader of the Muncie Public Library’s Ready Readers program, a free one-on-one literacy training and reading tutoring service for children ages 1-12. She has spent the last 10 years working with children in various settings including preschools, after school programs, and libraries.

Date Recorded: 9/13/22

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Katie Lehman / Muncie Public Library

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Reimagining School Readiness – Part 1-2 LEUs & Part 2-1 LEU

reimagining school readinessThe Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for library staff to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life. Through an interactive presentation with hands-on activities, this training will introduce library staff to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit, which is available in its entirety for free online. Participants will understand key findings from current cognitive and developmental psychology research, reflect on the implications of those findings for their daily work, and gain practical ready-to-implement ideas for activities, as well as resources for staff training and for parents/caregivers. You will benefit from this workshop if you work with children ages 0 to 8 and their families and would like to learn more about how to offer research-backed programming in your library!

Date Recorded: 9/16/22 and 9/17/2022

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Beth Yates / ISL Children’s Consultant and Suzanne Walker / Indiana Young Reader’s Center Librarian and Director of the Indiana Center for the Book

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Part 1 = 2 hours / 2 LEUs

 

Part 2 = 1.25 hours / 1 LEU

 

Using Book Connections at the Public Library – 1 TLEU

Engage and inspire readers with Book Connections resources that can be used both with patrons and behind the scenes. In this webinar, we will highlight ways to implement resources in your youth services library programming as well as new tools to compliment your work to enhance diversity in your library collections. Learn about the Collection Analysis and Diverse Books Toolkits, ready-to-use resources for your book clubs and story times, homework help features, and more. 

Date Recorded: 8/10/22

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Mary Ellen Graf / Teaching Books/Book Connections

 

Enriching School Wide Collaboration around Books and Authors – 1 TLEU

teaching books logoSchool library staff! Spread the word and lead the way with resources that directly enrich the literacy work in your school in all content areas.  Perpetuate leadership and support school-wide collaboration with colleagues, students, families, and administrators through engaging materials with easy to use share options and promotional tools to excite your community. Book Connections/TeachingBooks is one of many databases provided free to all Indiana residents via INSPIRE.in.gov.

Date Recorded: 7/13/22

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: TeachingBooks/Book Connections staff

 

Implementing the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award @ Your Library – 1 LEU

Firefly award logo talking singing reading writing playing indiana early literacyThe Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award brings together young children and great picture books, but it can’t be done without public libraries. Learn about the award and how one Indiana library implements the program each year. Updates to the program and an overview of the annual program guide will also be covered.

Speaker, Amy Caswell has worn hats in the library world since 2012. She earned her MLS degree from IUPUI in 2015, and since has focused exclusively working in Youth Services. She currently is a Children’s Librarian at the Downtown Library of Monroe County Public Library where she enjoys hosting a weekly Preschool Storytime, among other programs. She loves the controlled chaos of working with children. Amy is currently going through the Project READY training, which she highly recommends to any and all library folks.

Date Recorded: 5/9/22

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Amy Caswell, Children’s Librarian / Monroe County Public Library

 

Storytime Basics – 1 LEU

young woman reading a story to four childrenAre you new to doing storytime? Join Beth Yates, ISL Children’s Consultant, as she walks you through the whys and hows of storytime for birth through preschool-aged children. What should you consider? How do you select books? Where can you find ideas? The content of this webinar is focused on new storytime providers. *Please note that the audience discussion at the end was not recorded.*

Date Recorded: 4/19/22

Format: Archived YouTube Video

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

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Integrate Book Connections Resources to Inspire Summer Reading – 1 TLEU

Book Connections logo open book

Make planning easier, find new inspiration, and learn how Book Connections resources can be easily integrated into your summer reading program to inspire independent reading. Locate pre-made summer reading lists and create your own. Discover how to find, share, and incorporate Meet-the-Author recordings, book trailers, activity kits, and more. Book Connections/TeachingBooks is one of many databases provided free to all Indiana residents via INSPIRE.in.gov.

Date Recorded: 2/17/22

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:  Kym Davick and Mary Ellen Graf / TeachingBooks/Book Connections