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When: 1/25/2016
9:00 AM
Where: Library 21C
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs 80920
United States

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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!  
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9:00 Library doors open
9:15 Welcome and Introductions

9:30-10:15 Opening Session:
Y is For Yoga: Movement and Mindfulness in Libraries

More 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!
Andrea Cleland, Clearview Library District

10:30-11:15 Breakout Session One:
Passport 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! 
Amy Martin, Greenhorn Valley Library, Pueblo City-County Library District

Twenty for Tweens
Get good book suggestions, programming ideas, and helpful hints for dealing with those tricky in be"tween" ages of 8-12.
Presenter: 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. 
Presenters: Vicky Hays and Kristen Draper, Poudre River Public Library District


11:30-12:15 Breakout Session Two:
Let’s Shake: 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 great production. 
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.
Presenters: Lauren Dennis and
Simone Groene-Nieto, Denver Public Library

12:30-1:30 Lunch 
Beyond Bilingual Storytime: Best Practices for Culturally Relevant Public Youth Collections and Services
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. 
Presenter: Carol Scheer, Library 21c, Pikes Peak Library District

An Educational resource Center at Your Library?
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.
Presenters: Gail Sohns, Jessica Freeland, Nancy Maday, and Betty McDonald, Pikes Peak Library District

Outreach Strategies That Work with Culturally Diverse Families
Looking 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. 
Presenter: Jill Blades, Baker and Taylor

Library 21c Tour & Children’s Book Awards Poster Sessions

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