Tag Archives: Youth Services

A Librarian’s Guide to Attending GenCon – 1 LEU

GenCon is the largest tabletop-game convention in North America that occurs annually in Indianapolis, Indiana and is contracted to continue happening in Indiana at least through 2023. This webinar will be presented by someone who has attended the convention in a multitude of hats; as a spectator, as a game-player, as a librarian taking advantage of the opportunities of Trade Day and as an event presenter. The webinar will cover a variety of basic information for attending and participating in the convention, whether you consider yourself a gamer or just a curious librarian.

Date Recorded: 4/16/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Jennifer Taylor, Hagerstown Public Library

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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Creation of a Heroic Adventure Kids Club – 1 LEU

logo for Heroic Adventure Kids ClubThe Heroic Adventure Kids Club (Or HAK Club, for short) is an RPG club of elementary and jr. high aged students that are sponsored by the local library. The H.A.K. Club began in January 2017, formed by 4 students from the Hagerstown Elementary School and a librarian at the Hagerstown Public Library acting as sponsor. The students wanted to learn to play role playing games and there was interest in using it as a play test idea for the community outreach coordinator of the school who was interested in the benefits of elementary students playing role playing games and how it might be used towards social skills & behavior improvement. The club has grown, expanded to two “level” age groups of participants. The group has been written about in newspapers and has been part of three summer reading programs and been featured on the list of “Great Things Happening in Indiana Libraries” by the Indiana Library Federation (ILF). We want to share the origin, the challenges that were faced and the secrets to our success as this group has continued for over three years. We’ll cover what has worked, what hasn’t worked, a few things libraries should always keep in mind & what the plans are for the future.

Date Recorded: 4/29/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Jennifer Taylor / Hagerstown Public Library


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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Making a Mini Makerspace – 1 LEU

image of mini robotUnder the staircase, an old study room, an accessible storage closet … anywhere can become a mini makerspace! The North Riverside Public Library, a small library outside Chicago, was able to cobble together funding using our budget and grants to create mini makerspaces in small nooks around our library. We will talk about our process, research on materials and space design, and how we solicited valuable feedback from patrons. We’ll also discuss our failures and successes throughout the planning and implementation process, including budgetary constraints and unique workarounds that we discovered. This talk will be applicable to any small or rural library willing to get creative.

Date Recorded: 5/15/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:  Britney Musial, Teen/Tween Librarian and Lizzy Boden, Adult Services Librarian, North Riverside Public Library (North Riverside, Illinois)

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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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