Category Archives: Youth Services

Nature Play Days at our Local Libraries – 1 LEU

ICAN logo tree shaped as a heartJoin Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN) to explore nature play possibilities at your library! Learn what ICAN Nature Play Days are, who can host one (YOUR LIBRARY!), how to organize and plan a nature play day, nature play activity and book ideas, tips on connecting with partners and sponsors, and practical experiences from nature play day hosts. ICAN Nature Play Days are June 1st-9th in 2024.

Presenter: Dr. Carla Gull volunteers as the state coordinator of Indiana Children and Nature Network and is on her local library board. She is the coordinator of and associate professor in the master of arts in environmental education at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. She is coauthor of the book, Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms, and hosts the podcast, Loose Parts Nature Play.

Date Recorded: 3/13/2024

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Dr. Carla Gull / State Coordinator of Indiana Children and Nature Network & Professor at Goshen College

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Free & Low Cost Programming for Youth – 1 LEU

image of three happy children two boys and one girlLearn about free and low cost programming for youth in this webinar, led by a library programmer! We will talk about things you can do on the fly and programs you can plan for next to nothing out of your library budget. We will cover all ages from birth to 18.

Date Recorded: 2/29/2024

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Bambi Pea / Indianapolis Public Library

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2024 Add TeachingBooks to Your Summer Reading Plan – 1 LEU

image of Teaching books logo open bookBuild excitement about summer reading! Join us for a look at summer reading lists and programming ideas. Inspire independent reading with TeachingBooks resources that let the books and their authors speak for themselves. TeachingBooks is provided to all Indiana schools, public libraries, universities and residents through INSPIRE, a service of the Indiana State Library.

Date Recorded: 2/1/2024

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: TeachingBooks staff

 

Getting READy to Build Better School Partnerships – 1 LEU

SB Ready logo two children reading on and beside the words SB ReadyStrong school-library partnerships are vital for students in our communities. In 2022, the St. Joe County Public Library designed the SB READy program, which provided 16 schools, 57 classes, and more than 950 Kindergarteners with library cards, field trips and outreach storytimes. In this session, learn how to build comprehensive school partnership plans, pitch ideas to school and library administrators, gain teacher and library staff buy-in, and make the magic happen!

Emily Lovell is the Early Literacy Librarian at the St. Joe County Public Library. With a background in Elementary Education, she has worked with children in school and library settings over the past five years. She holds an MLIS from Wayne State University and a BS in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University. She is passionate about providing young patrons and their caregivers with programs, resources, and services that foster a love of reading from an early age.

Date Recorded: 1/25/2024

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Emily Lovell, Early Literacy Librarian / Saint Joseph County Public Library

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CSLP 2024: Adventure Begins at Your Library – 1 LEU

image adventure begins at your library logoGet started planning your 2024 Summer Library Program by this VIRTUAL Collaborative Summer Library Program training! Join Beth Yates of the Indiana State Library for this training where you will receive updates about and resources for the 2024 CSLP Summer Reading Program “Adventure Begins at Your Library.”

Date Recorded: 1/9/2024

Format: Archived YouTube Video

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

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Building an Autism Friendly Environment – 1 LEU

image of rainbow and autismAs one of the few public places where peace and quiet can often be found, libraries have long served autistic children and adults well. Still, popular group activities held at libraries can be an issue for autistic children who can easily become overwhelmed by the noise and activity of peers. Librarians and staff can become overwhelmed as well, when responses to sensory or social inaccessibility lead to what some people call “behaviors.” In this presentation, we will discuss brain differences in autism and how these create unique sensory profiles which in turn determine responses to the environment. You will learn about the sensory and social needs of autistic people and how to create an environment that promotes calmness and security, as well as how to prevent or respond to meltdowns. The presentation also includes book recommendations for all ages.

Presenter Bev Harp is Project Director for Innovative Supports for Autistic Workers (ISAW), a project of the Human Development Institute (HDI) and is self-advocate faculty for LEND at the University of Kentucky. Bev is an autistic self-advocate who has presented at national conferences for APSE, AHEAD, TASH, and many other organizations. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky.

Date Recorded: 11/9/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Bev Harp, Project Director / Innovative Supports for Autistic Workers (ISAW)

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INSPIRE for Youth Services (2023) – 1 LEU

image of teacher and kids looking at laptopJoin Beth Yates, Children’s Consultant at the Indiana State Library, as she gives an overview of INSPIRE databases that could be useful to those who work with youth. INSPIRE is Indiana’s Lifelong Learning Library for Hoosiers. Its collection of online academic databases and other information resources can be accessed for free by Indiana residents.

Date Recorded: 10/25/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

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

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Dyslexia and the Public Library – 1 LEU

image of person with jumbled letters on a book page

The public library can be a scary place for people with dyslexia. Join us for a quick overview of the science of reading and dyslexia and how to apply best practices to create a welcoming place for all brains, including people with dyslexia. We will explore ways public libraries can serve as a dyslexia resource center for children and parents and help promote awareness in local communities. Presented by Shaiya Badgley, a literacy guru, and Josiah Colombo-Espinosa, senior dyslexia specialist, from the Indiana Department of Education Literacy Center.

Date Recorded: 8/29/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Shaiya Badgley, a literacy guru and Josiah Colombo-Espinosa, senior dyslexia specialist /Indiana Department of Education Literacy Center

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Port in the Storm: How you can support LGBTQ youth – 1 LEU

rainbow and raindropsOur LGBTQIA+ youth are increasingly under attack and subjected to constant bullying. Participants will learn how to easily identify themselves as an ally: a port in the storm. Participants will also receive resources and advice on how to navigate the troubled waters with these formative young people. Questions were submitted in advance for this webinar and the presenter guided participants through best practices for a variety of scenarios.

Presenter: Jayne Walters (she/her) is a Board Member and the Director of Education for Indy Pride, co-founder of the LGBTQ+ Services Committee for IndyPL, and the first openly transgender manager in the history of Indianapolis Public Library. Having worked in libraries for over 14 years, her writing has been featured in Children & Libraries, Library Journal, and is a contributing author in the book Trans and Gender Diverse Voices in Libraries. She has spoken on LGBTQ+ issues for libraries, companies, and on the news, (2022). Her passions include LGBTQIA+ representation in juvenile literature; making sure libraries are accessible and equitable for the community and making them a safe and welcoming environment for both patrons and staff.

Date Recorded: 5/18/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Jayne Walters

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Beyond Books: Serving the Whole Patron – 1 LEU

image of multicolored tactile toysThe staff of the North Manchester Public Library strive to meet the needs of their community in a variety of innovative ways. Unique programs and resources strengthen community relationships, center the library as an integral part of community life, and undergird literacy. In this webinar, Sarah Morbitzer, Children’s Department head, will share the ways NMPL is working to promote food security, physical activity, sensory integration, accessibility, and curiosity in learning.

Presenter Sarah Morbitzer began her career in the library world as a 10 year old volunteer. As a high school student she was hired as a clerk and promoted to Children’s programmer in her late teens. She later served as a Children’s Department Assistant and is now the Children’s Department Head at the North Manchester Public Library. Big ideas get her excited and one of her greatest joys is implementing new ideas at the library to blow patrons’ minds and get them excited about coming to their library!

Date Recorded: 5/10/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Sarah Morbitzer / North Manchester Public Library

Resource: Beyond Books Serving the Whole Patron resources