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Higher, Faster, Stronger so get ready for some SUPER-powered sessions and professional development.

When: 1/16/2015
8:30 - 4:00
Where: Morgridge College of Education Ruffatto Hall- University of Denver
1999 E Evans Ave
Denver, Colorado  80208
United States
Contact: CAL Staff

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane!
No, it’s the CATS Division Winter Workshop 
January 16th, 2015!
CAL Members $40.00
 Non Members $50.00
It’s faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! It’s able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look, up ahead in the calendar, it’s the CATS Division Winter Workshop!
That’s right. It’s the 2nd annual CATS Division Winter Workshop, and it will be held at DU. The theme this year is Higher, Faster, Stronger so get ready for some SUPER-powered sessions and professional development.

8:30 a.m. Doors Open
8:30-9:00 Check-In/Breakfast
9:00-9:30 Welcome, general announcements

9:30-10:30 Keynote:
Holy Moly, What Kind of Superhero Are You?
Lu Benke, University of Northern Colorado

Children’s librarians are literacy teachers/educators/literacy experts/informational professionals—which one(s) are we? With Every Child Ready to Read now firmly established as a good idea in children’s librarianship, children’s library staff frequently find themselves in the role of early literacy parent educators. Is this a good fit? Are children’s librarians teachers? Is our "classroom” only at the preschool level? Or, should parents be able to turn to us for specific help when their older kids struggle with reading? What do we want as a profession? And, how do we make it happen? Using data and insights from her recent research project, Lu raises questions, shares resources, and invites your input about how we see ourselves and what kind of superheroes we aspire to be.

10:45-11:30 Morning breakout sessions

Supercharged World Tour for Kids (Goggles Optional) (children)
Kerry Aiken and Melanie Kozlowski – Estes Valley Library

Why do we love to travel? It's the thrill of new adventures, encounters with fascinating people and cultures--and all those wondrous sights and delicious foods. That excitement is the same for kids, proven by the Estes Valley Library's popular and successful summer program, "Passport to Reading Fun". Using art, games, crafts, stories, and delicious authentic food, this workshop takes kids on a global learning experience. Soar to superhuman heights as Estes Valley Library's Youth Services team shares their itinerary for this multicultural program you can replicate at your library.

Empathy is your Superpower!: Serving Teens in Poverty (teen)

Beth Crist – Colorado State Library

In Colorado in 2013, 18% of adolescents lived below the poverty level. Libraries of course provide excellent books, programming, internet and computer access, and reference service to these teens, but with a little effort and planning, libraries can fly higher to serve teens in poverty through exceptional customer service, referrals, access to essential everyday items, tech classes, outreach programs, addressing difficult topics, and more. Join this interactive session for a conversation about why and how to invoke your librarian superpowers to serve teens in poverty.

11:45-1:00 Lunch and Mock Newbery (all in one large group)

1:15-2:00 Afternoon breakout sessions
30 Minutes in the Community, Readers for Life (children)
Alberto Pellicer and Lauren Dennis, Denver Public Library

Looking to grow the early literacy superpowers of young children in your community and instill a love for books? Find out how to start an effective volunteer outreach storytime program from scratch using your current resources in a different way and involve library staff, volunteers, families and schools to get preschoolers ready to success in life. Attendees will learn how to manage a program tailored to their context and will have the chance to receive guidance from the Read Aloud Program staff of the Denver Public Library.

Stronger Video Skills in a Single Bound! (teen)
Jenny Veile – University of Minnesota Libraries

Come learn pro tips from a videographer turned librarian!
In this session Jenny Veile will run through answers to common mistakes and techniques to consider that will have you creating top notch videos fast as a bunny. In no time you'll be ready to inspire patrons, coworkers, and volunteers to make their own movies with these tips. She also will provide further resources (and contact info) for people wanting to delve deeper including favorite tools, things to consider when purchasing equipment/software, and some insight on mentoring young people to learn/teach video skills on a budget. Jenny currently is located in below freezing Minnesota as the Multimedia Site Manager & Media Consultant for the University of Minnesota Libraries on the Twin Cities campus where she manages a staff of 12-15 amazing undergraduate students that teach fellow students media and technology skills.

2:15-3:00 Afternoon breakout sessions
Peaceful Warriors and Om-Mazing Superpowers: Yoga for All Ages at the Library (children)
Casey Feicht, Kids Yoga Guide and Andrea Cleland, Clearview Library District

From yoga storytimes to peaceful team and confidence-building strategies for tweens and teens, yoga is for all ages at the library! Join teachers from Kids Yoga Guide as they present strategies for games, poses, songs, and activities that can be used for programming for babies up to teens!

The Blue Spruce Award (teen)
Kristin Roper, Denver Public Library and Blue Spruce Committee

The Blue Spruce Book Award is decided each year by Colorado young adults, who solely nominate and select the winning title. This presentation would include an explanation of the Blue Spruce Book Award, booktalks of the current nominated titles, ways we currently promote the award to young adults, and a discussion time for brainstorming new ways to promote, display ideas, and so forth.
The presentation at the CATS Winter Workshop would be timely, as we announce the award winner at the beginning of February, and begin collecting nominations and votes for the subsequent year at this time.

3:15-4:00 Afternoon breakout sessions
Super Robots, Super Kids (children)
Katherine Weadley and Elektra Greer, Longmont Public Library, Jalali Hartman, Chief Human, Robauto

Get hands on experience flying a real drone! Tell Knock-knock jokes to a robot! Let robots take over your world (briefly) for a fun and interactive presentation about robots in the library! Come meet a robot that’s being built in Longmont at our library by the kids for the kids (on a shoestring budget). Go beyond building and into entrepreneurship with tech entrepreneur Jalali Hartman of Robauto. How can robots increase engagement in the library? Can robots find lost books? Do robots like knock-knock jokes? What is it like for the library to partner with a tech entrepreneur? What’s it like for the tech entrepreneur to partner with a library? What about Intellectual Property? What does this have to do with Raspberry Pi? Find out what’s happening in the Children and Teen Services area of Longmont Public Library and beyond!

Comicon and Your Library (teen)
Ashley Kazyaka, Colorado State Library

Have you heard that librarians are going to Comic Cons and having a fabulous time? Have you wondered how to make this year’s Summer Reading theme of Heroes work? Let’s talk about Denver Comic Con as a site for potential community engagement and outreach, and ideas for planning a Comic Con in your library. Nerd enthusiasm is encouraged, but not required.


The CATS 2015 Winter Workshop will be held at Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall on the Campus of the University of Denver. Ruffatto Hall is located on the northwest corner of East Evans and South High Street at 1999 East Evans Avenue.

The entrance toa visitor parking lot is located off Evans Avenue just east of Ruffatto Hall. The cost is $1.50 per hour ($8.00 being the maximum fee Other visitor parking lots are listed on the following map:

We encourage the use of carpooling and mass transit. A light rail station is within walking distance to the event. Called University Station, it is located at Buchtel Blvd. and South High Street.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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