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Children/Youth Services

Art workshops are a great way to build communities with and between teens! Our patrons want arts programming, but sometimes it can feel like we're doing the same craft over and over. Come chat about new ideas and new approaches to library crafts that also foster critical developmental assets and the social-emotional needs of modern teens. ⦁ Presenter: Jessy Griffith, Teen Librarian, Kenton County Public Library.
2/20/2019 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF), Jessy Griffith Art Club workbook 2018 (PDF), Art Book cover (PDF)
One-third of children in Kentucky enter kindergarten overweight or obese. Healthy habits early in life can build a foundation for lifelong health. This webinar will focus on the 5-2-1-0 toolkit developed by the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Prevention Branch: eat 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables each day, limit screen time to no more than 2 hours a day, be physically active at least 1 hour a day, and avoid sugar sweetened beverages. Multiple tools and strategies for use in a library setting will be presented.
1/28/2016 | 0.75 hours
Directors, administrators, trustees, and managers – Join us for a crash course in early childhood services for public libraries. We will look at the need for early childhood services and the value they can add to our library and communities. We will discuss high quality library early childhood programs and highlight how your library can be a valuable community partner and stakeholder in state and local early childhood initiatives.
2/25/2015 | 0.75 hours
After-School Programs seem like a no-brainer when it comes to Youth Services, but what happens when what you’ve planned is not generating enough interest or participants? From the frustration of program fails comes an opportunity to think outside the box, and discover new ways to connect with the youth in your area when it seems like you’ve tried it all. We’ll go over how the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library has partnered with local schools to present programs during their after-school programs as well as strategies and tips to increase in-house program participation. Presenter: Lauren Brandstetter, Children’s Programmer, Kenton County Public Library.
8/14/2019 | 1 hour
Come and check out Camp Wonderopolis, a free online resource open to all families, libraries, summer and afterschool programs, community organizations, and schools. Participants will learn how Camp Wonderopolis engages youth and families in STEM-based and fun literacy-building activities as an innovative way to tackle summer “brain drain” in ways that make learning fun and extend learning to after school hours and into homes and communities.
4/19/2016 | 1 hour
Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible-decision making are vital skills every teen needs to navigate the adult world. This webinar focuses on how to design teen programming that supports the social and emotional learning skills as identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and supported by YALSA’s new teen services competencies. Presented by Blayne Borden, Youth Services Librarian, Lexington Public Library.
2/6/2019 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF), Handouts (PDF), Competencies (PDF)
Join us for a fun and informative session all about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. You will hear from Dolly's own Regional Director, Christy Crouse and library directors with Dolly's Kentucky program affiliates. The webinar will provide you with the practical tools to start a program in your community, such as identifying funding sources and partners. The Imagination Library is a unique opportunity to inspire a love of reading among your community's children. Presenters: Christy Crouse, Regional Director, Dolly Parton Foundation; Charlotte Keeney, Director, Pulaski County Public Library; J.C. Morgan, Director, Campbell County Public Library
10/9/2019 | 1 hour | Session slides (PDF), Pulaski County slides (PDF), Campbell County slides (PDF)
Ever wonder what other youth services library people do about policies and procedures around difficult topics such as disruptive unattended children or adults who frequent your teen space without accompanying children? How do other youth services staff keep up with cutting edge trends in programming, collection development, and outreach? We answer all your questions and more in this freestyle webinar driven by YOU!
5/3/2018 | 1 hour
The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) works with partners across the country to engage families in learning together. Through NCFL Family Learning, programs in libraries, schools, and community organizations help parents build their own skills to support their children’s learning, spend time learning with their children, and work together to address challenges they identify in their communities. This service of communities is accomplished through NCFL’s six-step Family Service Learning process. In this webinar, NCFL will share the process in conjunction with staff from San Mateo County Libraries, who will provide context for how they work with families in the library setting.
1/18/2018 | 1 hour | Brief (PDF), Slides (PDF)
The Cazenovia Public Library in central New York State has successfully teamed up with their local food pantry to provide early and adult literacy programs at the pantry. What started as a small outreach aimed at increasing early literacy ballooned into much more. The Library now provides adult GED tutoring, ESL classes, summer reading programs, Dolly Parton Imagination Library sign-ups, and health literacy initiatives - all on a small budget. Join Betsy Kennedy, Director of the Cazenovia Public Library, to learn how to turn your local food pantry into a center for family literacy.
5/4/2016 | 1 hour
The board gaming community spent 700 million dollars on games, cards, and merchandise in 2013. In the last five years, it has seen a huge resurgence in popularity among teens and adults in their twenties. This presentation looks at how to incorporate board gaming into adult and children’s programming. It will survey Clark County’s first “ALA International Game Day”, how to incorporate board games into book clubs, and resources for buying and starting your own board game programs.
3/25/2016 | 1 hour
Learn about the growing movement to bring free after-school Girls Who Code Clubs to Kentucky public libraries. Hannah Simon Goldman, Regional Partnership Coordinator for GWC, will discuss the free, expanded curriculum available to help libraries facilitate clubs for grades 3-5 or 6-12—even for library staff with little or no coding background. She’ll also describe additional grant funding opportunities available to Kentucky public libraries. Shantel Richardson, the STEM Education Specialist for Jessamine County Public Library, will share how her library successfully started a GWC Club for teen girls earlier this year.
Learn about the growing movement to bring free after-school Girls Who Code Clubs to Kentucky public libraries. Hannah Simon Goldman, Regional Partnership Coordinator for GWC, discusses the free, expanded curricula available to help libraries facilitate clubs for grades 3-5 or 6-12—even for library staff with little or no coding background. She also describes curriculum updates for the 2019-20 school year and additional grant funding opportunities available to Kentucky public libraries.
5/22/2019 | 0.5 hours | Slides (PDF)
If they can’t get to the library, how can a library still help its teen service population? Does the physical library need to be the center of teen services? Jessy Griffith, Teen Services Librarian at the William E. Durr Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, shares her methods and ideas for being the friendly neighborhood librarian and removing barriers to access for one of the most traditionally underserved populations.
9/27/2016 | 1 hour
LGBTQ+ youth living in small, rural communities face different obstacles than their urban counterparts, as do the libraries that serve them. In this presentation, two former YA Librarians discuss building programs with open door policies that attract LGBTQ+ teens without upsetting the conservative majority.
12/2/2015 | 1 hour

Presenters:

  • Kathleen Pool, Kentucky Humanities Council
  • Shelia Stovall, Director, Allen County Public Library

PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME is a six-week reading, discussion, and storytelling program held at public libraries or schools. A university scholar and a storyteller (who act as discussion leaders) conduct weekly storytelling and discussion sessions based on award-winning children's picture books. Participants are elementary age children and their families.

What does PRIME TIME do? It reinforces the role of family as a major social and economic unit; it trains parents and children to bond together around the act of reading; it teaches parents and children to read and discuss humanities topics such as fairness, greed, honor, and deceit; it encourages low-literacy, low-income parents to enter or continue their own educational programs; it helps parents and children learn how to select books and become active library users. Prime Time is a powerful tool to stimulate communication between children and parents.

For more information and application, https://www.kyhumanities.org/programs/prime-time.

9/11/2019 | 1 hour | FAQ (PDF), Sign Sheet (Word), Name Tag Labels (Word), Attendance Record (Excel)
The possibilities are endless when you introduce loose parts play into your library programming! Learn about the importance of this type of play, what you will need to get started, and a chance to share experiences that will work for a library of any size. Presenters: Kate Schiavi & Erin Nevitt, Louisville Free Public Library.
4/15/2019 | 1 hour | Planning Guide (PDF), Slides (PDF)
As the need for library outreach grows, librarians will have to reevaluate traditional programming models. Learn to design simple, low-cost, high-impact outreach programming for youth, from toddlers to teens.
1/21/2016 | 1 hour
Child maltreatment is a serious problem in Kentucky, with an increase in cases of abuse and neglect up 55% since 2012. Through Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign observed in April each year, we have the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and educate communities towards keeping all children safe. This webinar will provide an overview of the observances, as well as introduce training and promotional resources from Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. Discussion will also include examples of community engagement opportunities towards educating library patrons. Presented by Laura Chowning, MPA, Community Engagement Coordinator, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults in Kentucky. Learn risk factors, warning signs and behavioral clues around suicide risk, and how to reach out to help someone who may be considering suicide.
3/1/2016 | 1 hour
This introductory webinar addresses how teens are affected by the issues of bullying, dating violence, and sexual assault among teens. It includes discussion of the issues, but the webinar’s focus is introducing and discussing techniques and strategies to incorporate into programming and partnerships that reduce rates of violence and change the culture around violence in our communities. Strategies and concepts include: Green Dot, developmental assets, social emotional learning, risk & protective factors, and youth leadership and empowerment.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/preventingviolencetogether101

4/30/2018 | 1 hour | Preventing Violence Together (PDF)
Tweens are one of the toughest demographics to reach in the library—between storytimes and teen programs they are often forgotten and slip through the cracks. Not to mention they can be daunting to work with for many children’s librarians! Jill Frasher, Children’s Librarian at the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, will discuss how she has implemented successful tween programming at her library. She will share development strategies, program successes and failures, and her tips and tricks for working with these often-underserved patrons. Presented by Jill Frasher, Children’s Librarian, Kenton County Public Library.
2/27/2019 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Introducing teen programming? Join Laura Beth Fox-Ezell and Veronica Rainwater as they discuss their experience planning teen-driven programs including implementing a Teen Advisory Board! They'll share their development strategies, program performance, ideas for future teen program plans and more.
10/3/2018 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
This session reviews professional library science materials that you might have missed in 2016.
2/7/2017 | 1 hour
How is your interaction with homeschoolers? Are you doing too much, not enough, not sure? I homeschooled for 10 years before becoming a librarian, and even I tend to shake in my boots when they come in the door. This training session focuses on library services for homeschooled students within the framework of the K-12 population as a whole. In addition to discussing the sensitive topic of serving one student subgroup without alienating the others, I’ll cover root issues of librarians' negative perceptions of homeschoolers, identifying behaviors that enhance negative perceptions, developing proactive services and policies, and building win-win relationships with all students and parents.
5/11/2016 | 1 hour
Womb Literacy is a cutting edge initiative at the North Liberty Community Library (Iowa) that encourages expecting families to learn about early literacy skills and develop daily literacy routines like reading to their child while they are still in the womb. Parents will feel more confident as their child’s first teacher and better prepared to continue those literacy habits after their child is born. Womb Literacy includes three programs: a Baby Fair, Stork Storytime Podcasts and Read to the Bump. Just as it’s never too late to develop a love of reading, it’s never too early either.
5/25/2016 | 0.75 hours
This presentation is designed to help public library staff learn about why conservative youth may be hesitant about looking for materials in their own public libraries or might feel frustrated about the current materials available to them. You will learn what kinds of concerns these youth have in common with each other, strategies for building friendly displays for all youth, as well as strategies for conducting book clubs that are sensitive to the needs of conservative patrons but don’t turn off others.
9/4/2015 | 1 hour
Are 21st century teen library services all about learning labs and maker spaces? Think again! Join us for a deep dive on Connected Learning, the service model at the heart of the latest YALSA Competencies, which shifts librarians from being an expert to a facilitator, mentor, and learner alongside their teen patrons. Hear how to empower staff, identify strategic partners, and design teen-centered library programs that embrace connected learning by creating spaces where teens are hanging out, messing around, and geeking out in the pursuit of their own interests while building skills for lifelong learning. Presenters: Kelly M. Hoffman, Doctoral candidate, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland and Mega Subramaniam, Associate Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland.
2/27/2018 | 1 hour | Connected Learning Notes (PDF)


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