CATS 2016 Winter Workshop
Come, learn, and
network with other library colleagues working with youth and special services
populations. The day will be packed with lots of information you can take back
to your library.
Light breakfast and lunch provided! Apply for a scholarship https://www.research.net/r/2016CATSscholarship
9:00 Library doors open
10:30-11:15 Breakout Session One:
Welcome and Introductions
9:30-10:15 Opening Session:
Y is For Yoga: Movement
and Mindfulness in Libraries
and more often stories about schools trying yoga and mindfulness during the
school day are appearing in newspapers and online. Schools that have tried
these tactics are reporting higher test scores and less violence/ behavior
problems. As librarians we can also join the movement and mindfulness train,
whether it be in storytime, in after school events, or with your teens!
Presenter: Andrea Cleland, Clearview Library District
Kids—Bring the World to Your Library!
In 2014, the Greenhorn Valley
Library launched its Passport Kids Program that enabled youth in a small rural
town to visit over 12 exciting foreign countries, including: Germany, Bulgaria, China, Portugal, Australia
and the Ivory Coast. Participants
explore a new country each month through multicultural stories, games, folk
crafts, language activities and food, earning a passport stamp each month as
they travel the globe. Come learn about
our successful program and leave this interactive session with a suitcase full
of fun ideas to jump start your own Passport Kids Club!
Twenty for Tweens
Amy Martin, Greenhorn Valley Library, Pueblo City-County Library District
Get good book suggestions,
programming ideas, and helpful hints for dealing with those tricky in
be"tween" ages of 8-12.
Jean Carrier, Pikes Peak Library District
In House iPads for
Kids—What Have We Learned?
Are you interested in
setting up an in-house iPad program? Our
library district implemented Kids iPad Stations (KiPS) a few months ago. Some things have worked well for us; we have
learned lots more from what has not worked so well. We will explore research, set-up, choosing
apps and evaluating the effectiveness of this new program.
Vicky Hays and Kristen Draper, Poudre River Public Library District
11:30-12:15 Breakout Session Two:
Music, Movement, and Instruments at the Library
Music and movement programs
are a great way to promote early literacy, engage your young patrons and their
caregivers, and have FUN! This presentation will talk about two popular
programs—Louisville Public Library’s Preschool Dance Party and Boulder Public
Library’s Musical Storytime—and how you can start your own music and movement
programs at your library.
Presenters: Kristen Bodine, Louisville
Public Library; Melanie Borski-Howard, Boulder Public Library
Booktalking: take Two:
Use video booktalking to
stretch you staffing dollars, reach online students, include your teen
volunteers and promote your booktalking program to schools. We show you how you
can use video to double your booktalking abilities with tips for outreach and
Presenters: Britt Bloom, Renee Sanning, and Corrie VanBemden,
Pikes Peak Library District
Kids and Screens: Early Literacy and Technology
In our ever-changing world,
kids are being exposed to screens and technology at a much younger age. Come
learn about how technology can help promote literacy and critical thinking
skills. We will delve into what the experts recommend and provide a framework
for library staff to help guide parents and caregivers. The latest greatest
apps will also be explored, so that library staff can leave with an "app advisory"
to bring back to their libraries.
Lauren Dennis and Simone Groene-Nieto, Denver Public Library
Storytime: Best Practices for Culturally Relevant Public Youth Collections and
The United States is
undergoing historic demographic changes, and experts estimate that children and
teens of color will become the majority youth population before 2020. Public
libraries across Colorado can expect increasingly diverse users, presenting
libraries with the need and the opportunity to diversify existing youth
collections and services. This session will introduce 14 examples of best
practices for culturally relevant public library collections and services for
children and teens. These practice-based examples fall into four categories:
Collection, Staff, Programming and Outreach, and Continuing Education.
Specific, evidence-based examples will be offered for all of the best
practices, along with implications for public library services to multicultural
communities in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
Presenter: Robin F. Kurz, PhD, Assistant Professor, School
of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University
1:45-2:30 Breakout Session Three
Elementary Make/Tinker Lab: Bringing
Makerspaces and Tinkering to Younger Patrons
Are you interested in
creating an engaging program for your elementary aged patrons? Consider adapting our Elementary Make/Tinker
Lab. Elementary Make/Tinker Lab provides
a place where children ages 5-8 can come and create and/or tinker with a
variety of objects. Activities change
with each program allowing young patrons the place and the materials to
experiment with STEM, create art, dismantle electronics and more. We combine recycled materials and everyday
materials to create an affordable, engaging program that can easily be adapted
to tween or teen patrons. Come and learn
how to design a similar program to fit the needs of your clientele.
Carol Scheer, Library 21c, Pikes Peak Library District
An Educational resource Center at
We are opening an
Educational Resource Center (ERC) at East Library in the Pikes Peak Library
District to benefit families who want to enrich their children's education,
whether they are homeschooling or not.
Although this has been a huge undertaking for us (and we will definitely
tell everyone all about it!), we also realize that not every library has the
funding we have had for this project.
We feel that we can share how a similar project can be completed on a smaller
scale, with a smaller budget, and still be a valuable resource to any
community. Our ERC will have been open
for 3 months by the time of the CATS meeting so we will have great insight as
to what has worked well, what could be better, what problems we've encountered,
how our advertising is working (or not), who is using it, who we still want to
attract (and how we plan on doing that), and our plans for the future. Since we are not yet open, we still have lots
to learn (and quite a few things yet to complete) and would like to share our
experiences with this project.
Gail Sohns, Jessica Freeland, Nancy Maday, and Betty McDonald, Pikes Peak
Outreach Strategies That Work with Culturally Diverse Families
to attract and engage more Spanish speaking families to your library? Join us
to learn about strategies the Early Literacy Department at the Denver Public
Library uses to reach your target audience. We will discuss the role of
partnerships in helping to spread the word, the importance of cultural
connections, program delivery in other languages, and a lot more. Whether
successful or not at your library, be prepared to share your marketing and
outreach strategies. Endavant!
Presenter: Lauren Dennis, Denver Public Library
2:45-3:30 Closing Session:
Baker & Taylor TitleTalk: Trends
From Baker & Taylor's own
CATS team, comes a fun and informative presentation of current and upcoming
trends in children's and teen publishing.
We take a comprehensive look at publishers' lists and determine which
themes are "trending" for young patrons. It's good professional development and
guaranteed laughs for both selectors and patron-facing librarians.
Jill Blades, Baker and Taylor
Library 21c Tour & Children’s Book Awards Poster Sessions
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