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Our purpose is to provide a forum for all library staff who serve children and teens to share ideas while working together to fill the need of consistently providing excellent services to patrons from birth to 18 and their caregivers throughout the state of Colorado.

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CATS Division 2017 Spring Meeting

Durango Public Library 
in Durango, CO
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday, April 14, 2017

9:30 am –10:00 am
Coffee and Light Breakfast: Arrive early so you can network with colleagues and get settled in for a fun and informative day!
10:00 am -10:15 am
Welcome and Introductions:  Meet the board members of the CATS Division and connect with your fellow Western Slope colleagues.  Hear about what the year has in store for us.
10:15 am -10:45 am  

Common Grounds Café: Durango Public Library Director Sandy Irwin and Durango School District 9-R’s Pathways to Independence Program Coordinator Devon Parson will tell us how the library’s collaboration with the school district began and how it all works together to bring coffee and pastries to library patrons and Durango community members while providing essential life skills for 9-R’s students.

10:45 am -11:45 pm  

Librarians as Mentors and Role ModelsDiscuss what it takes to be role models and mentors for our youth today. Learn best practices and hear some inspiring stories from local climbing legend Marcus Garcia, coach of the Durango-based national youth climbing team, Team Durango; an accomplished professional climber in his own right; and owner of The Rock Lounge. We might even be lucky enough to hear what it means from the mentee point of view as well!

11:45 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch: on your own
 Break up into two groups for Garden Tours, Idea Sharing, and a Craft Supply Swap.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Group 1: Take a docent-led tour of the Durango Botanic Garden.
Group 2
: Spend some time sharing ideas and swapping craft supplies.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Group 1: Spend some time sharing ideas and swapping craft supplies.
Group 2: Take a docent-led tour of the Durango Botanic Garden.
3:00 pm – 4:00pm

How to Support English Learner (EL) Patrons in Your Community

Kelly von Stroh, Animas Valley Elementary ELL Teacher, and Libby Baumchen, Durango Adult Education Center ESL/Volunteer Program Coordinator, will walk us through the steps we need to take and important things we should consider when serving our EL patrons.  Be prepared to walk away with a plan for serving your EL patrons in new ways that will help your community and make the library a special place for everyone!


Brittany Dolezal
Clearview Library District
Windsor, CO
Maria Kramer
Chair Elect
Pueblo City-County Library District
Pueblo, CO
Nicole Burchfield
Past Chair
Poudre River Public Library District
Fort Collins, CO
Leigh Ramey
Aurora Public Library
Aurora, CO
Lauren Reed
Member At-Large
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden, CO



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