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Join us as we explore Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Mathematics related programming in your library

When: 1/23/2014
8:30 AM
Where: Sam Gary Branch Library (DPL)
2961 Roslyn St
Denver, Colorado  80238
United States
Presenter: James Erekson
Contact: CAL Staff

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CAL Members $30.00                       

Non-Members $45.00

It is with great excitement that the Children and Teen Services (CATS) Division of the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) invites children and! teen services staff from Colorado Libraries to STREAM into the New Year at the first annual CATS Division Winter Workshop! Join us as we explore Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Mathematics related programming in your library.

Continental breakfast will be provided along with a variety of boxed lunches.

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Doors Open




Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker


Morning Breakout Sessions(see descriptions below)

Children’s Focus

Teen Focus

10:00 - 10:45

STEM Enrichment on a Shoe String

Learn How to Scratch

11:00 - 11:45

STEAM in Everyday Life

Classes Are Stupid


Lunch and Mock Caldecott and Printz Awards

Please note that mock award session will run concurrently


Afternoon Breakout Sessions(see descriptions below)

Children’s Focus

Teen Focus

APP-les & Androids

Unleash the Awesome


Closing remarks/Wrap Up


Tour of Sam Gary Library
(please take all belonging with you on tour)



APP-les & Androids
Stephen M. Tafoya, Garfield County Libraries

Calling all units! Calling all units! A mass invasion of mobile devices is infiltrating our world! We need all librarians, teachers, and parents to utilize these tools in order to engage children in reading and digital literacy skills. Should you choose to join forces, you will learn how to evaluate new apps for programming use, which features are offered in each tablet type, and help us brainstorm programming ideas for engaging children in new media. This is not a test! We need YOU to engage coming generations with literacy skills in their mobile world. End communication.

Classes Are Stupid: Technology Programming with Teens
Cody Yantis, Denver Public Library & Laura Turk, Denver Public Library

When we launched the ideaLAB, a digital media lab for teens, we quickly learned that our traditional instruction model wouldn’t work with 13-year-olds. Sure, we had read about HOMAGO, but what does it look like in practice, and how do you help teens move beyond just hanging out at your library? Come learn from our mistakes, share technology programming examples, and see some examples of teen work!

Learn How to Scratch
Sandra Yates, Monument and Palmer Lake Libraries (PPLD)

Learn how Scratch---an online software program developed by the MIT Media Lab that allows students to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations---can be used successfully in your library with children of various ages."Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively---essential skills for life in the 21st century," but don't be surprised if you achieve hero status in the eyes of your young patrons (as well as offers to exchange Scratch logins) once you've introduced them to this fun and exciting program.

STEAM in Everyday Life: Food, Cooking, and Baking
Beth Crist, Colorado State Library

Demonstrating the STEAM in everyday items and tasks like food, baking, and cooking can help kids recognize that STEAM is accessible and useful--and fun! This session demonstrates how library staff can present programs around food and preparing food for kids in a fun, engaging way that will enhance interest in and appreciation for STEAM topics--as well as cooking!

STEM Enrichment on a Shoe String: Programming for Small Libraries or Small Budgets
Amy Reyes, Eagle Valley Library District & Jennifer Hillebrand, Old Rock in Crested Butte

Amy and Jennifer will present program ideas and resources for after school STEAM-based enrichment programs based on their own experience running STEAM-based programs over the last few years at their libraries and at the Children's Museum of Denver. They will share what their programs look like - including popular hands-on experiments and lesson ideas. They will also share plenty of resources for pursuing partnerships, and finding funding and materials. STEM enrichment is possible for almost any library to accomplish, even on a shoe string.

Unleash the Awesome: Teen Initiated Programming
Tracy Canada, Denver Public Library, Melody Garcia, Denver Public Library, Kristin Roper, Denver Public Library, Kelly Wright, Denver Public Library, & Carrie Wolfson, Denver Public Library

Do you want to attract more teens to your library? Or do you have the teens, but don’t know what to do with them? Have you ever planned what you thought was an awesome teen program, only to have no one show up? We’ve been there! At the Denver Public Library we were able to change the face of teen library events by focusing on teen initiated programming. These teen powered events begin with the ideas of the teens themselves, involve teens in the planning process, and ultimately attract a larger teen audience. DPL staff will share how we changed our approach to teen programming and how your library can share similar success.



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