Fall Youth Services Workshop – Longmont

Please join state library youth services staff for a very interactive day of exploration, learning, idea exchange, and networking! We’ll explore the why’s and how’s of summer programs, the 2020 summer theme of Imagine Your Story (fairy/folk tales, fantasy, mythology), the many improvements to the Collaborative Summer Library Program and the manual, and why and how to seek input from your community when planning your summer program (and all your youth services programming). The Growing Readers Together Expansion Team will present approaches for building relationships with special populations through really knowing your audience, connecting with community organizations,  dreaming big, and inspiring change. Following that, an interactive session will give you ideas to demonstrate easy ways to engage our youngest library patrons and their caregivers, whether parents, grandparents, or teen baby-sitters, and help you with talking points about how libraries empower and support life-long learning and growth.

Unlike the past few years, this time around we will need to charge $25 to attend these workshops to cover lunch and a light breakfast. If you prefer to bring your own food, there will be no fee. The lunch break will be about 45 minutes.

Here’s a brief description of what the sessions will cover (all 4 will cover the same content), in 3 main sections:

Who’s Watching the Kids This Summer? Intro to Family, Friend and Neighbor Care In the first part of this 2-hour section of the workshop, the Growing Readers Together (GRT) Expansion Team will present the GRT Success Cycle, to guide building relationships with special populations through really knowing your audience, connecting with community organizations, dreaming big, and inspiring change. During the summer months, the childcare landscape shifts and many teens, grandparents, and neighbors find themselves caring for younger children. By investing in relationships with these Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FNN) caregivers now, you set the stage for a summer of learning. In the second part, we will demonstrate easily replicated early literacy games and activities from the Growing Readers Together FFN workshops that can be taught to teen babysitters, grandparents, or other caregivers; or grown into a program of its own.

Summer Program Time!

In this 2-hour section of the workshop, we’ll explore the why’s and how’s of summer programs, including trends in tracking, incentives, and moving from summer reading to summer learning. We’ll look at the many improvements to the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), and then take a fun, interactive dive into the 2020 summer theme of Imagine Your Story (fairy/folk tales, fantasy, mythology), with a look at the artwork and much changed CSLP manual along with lots of brainstorming, hands-on activities, and programming and partnering ideas. So much to explore!

Best. Summer. Ever. How to Create the Summer Program Your Community Wants Ever wonder what your community REALLY wants and needs in youth programming and services? In this 1-hour section of the workshop, we’ll investigate why and how to gather input from your community members of all ages on their needs and desires for a summer program—and library services year-round. From parent focus groups to dot boards in the grocery store to happy hour brainstorming sessions, we’ll look at a variety of ways to seek input about your services. Then we’ll shift to translating that input into do-able programs and services that will be of high interest to your community.

Unearthing Seed Money: Locating grants to fund your project (The Colorado Edition)

Intimidated by the grant writing process? Start off in the right foot by joining us for a discussion on selecting a funder that shares your library’s vision. Learn about the different types of grants and funders and how to locate the one that best fits your project. Also, hear about the most frequent reasons funders reject proposals.

Discover how to locate and apply for grant funding that will turn your project into a reality!

No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org

We will be recording this session. All archived sessions are available on the CSL in Session website.

Fall Youth Services Workshop – Colorado Springs

Please join state library youth services staff for a very interactive day of exploration, learning, idea exchange, and networking! We’ll explore the why’s and how’s of summer programs, the 2020 summer theme of Imagine Your Story (fairy/folk tales, fantasy, mythology), the many improvements to the Collaborative Summer Library Program and the manual, and why and how to seek input from your community when planning your summer program (and all your youth services programming). The Growing Readers Together Expansion Team will present approaches for building relationships with special populations through really knowing your audience, connecting with community organizations,  dreaming big, and inspiring change. Following that, an interactive session will give you ideas to demonstrate easy ways to engage our youngest library patrons and their caregivers, whether parents, grandparents, or teen baby-sitters, and help you with talking points about how libraries empower and support life-long learning and growth.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is being held in the visitors center at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, room 410 JL Ranch Heights. There will be no charge to enter Cheyenne Mountain State Park and parking at the visitors center will also be free.

Unlike the past few years, this time around we will need to charge $25 to attend these workshops to cover lunch and a light breakfast. If you prefer to bring your own food, there will be no fee. The lunch break will be about 45 minutes.

Here’s a brief description of what the sessions will cover (all 4 will cover the same content), in 3 main sections:

Who’s Watching the Kids This Summer? Intro to Family, Friend and Neighbor Care In the first part of this 2-hour section of the workshop, the Growing Readers Together (GRT) Expansion Team will present the GRT Success Cycle, to guide building relationships with special populations through really knowing your audience, connecting with community organizations, dreaming big, and inspiring change. During the summer months, the childcare landscape shifts and many teens, grandparents, and neighbors find themselves caring for younger children. By investing in relationships with these Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FNN) caregivers now, you set the stage for a summer of learning. In the second part, we will demonstrate easily replicated early literacy games and activities from the Growing Readers Together FFN workshops that can be taught to teen babysitters, grandparents, or other caregivers; or grown into a program of its own.

Summer Program Time!

In this 2-hour section of the workshop, we’ll explore the why’s and how’s of summer programs, including trends in tracking, incentives, and moving from summer reading to summer learning. We’ll look at the many improvements to the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), and then take a fun, interactive dive into the 2020 summer theme of Imagine Your Story (fairy/folk tales, fantasy, mythology), with a look at the artwork and much changed CSLP manual along with lots of brainstorming, hands-on activities, and programming and partnering ideas. So much to explore!

Best. Summer. Ever. How to Create the Summer Program Your Community Wants Ever wonder what your community REALLY wants and needs in youth programming and services? In this 1-hour section of the workshop, we’ll investigate why and how to gather input from your community members of all ages on their needs and desires for a summer program—and library services year-round. From parent focus groups to dot boards in the grocery store to happy hour brainstorming sessions, we’ll look at a variety of ways to seek input about your services. Then we’ll shift to translating that input into do-able programs and services that will be of high interest to your community.

Conducting the Reference Interview: How to Ask Better Questions to Make Customers Happy

“Do you have any books on law?”

“I need information on bats.”

Have customers ever asked you general or ambiguous questions like these? How do we connect customers with exactly what they need when the way they ask for something is open to many interpretations?

Enter… the reference interview! The purpose of a reference interview is to find out what a customer wants so library staff can match the information need with the library’s resources.

Join us as we break down the process into simple steps and discuss solutions to common problems. Participants will leave with a 6-step tool kit to asking better questions so customers leave happy.

This class is intended to give an introduction and basic overview of the reference interview. The class is aimed at front-line staff and librarians who want a refresher.

Recommended Pre-Session Reading:

No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org

We will be recording this session. All archived sessions are available on the CSL in Session website.

CoPLA Mini Conference: Level Up your Work

The Colorado Public Library Association (CoPLA) Mini Conference will take place on Wednesday November 6, 2019 from 9am to 3pm at the Sam Gary Branch Library of the Denver Public Library at 2961 Roslyn St in Denver.
This year’s theme is Level Up Your Library Work. Please share your leveling up lessons learned as a lightning talk. We want to hear your quick takes on successes and failures. In 5-10 minutes, tell us what worked against all odds at your library . . . or what fizzled out. Share your lessons learned with your library colleagues to help them achieve what you did, or avoid the pitfalls you encountered.
The audience will include library professionals from across Colorado. We welcome lightning talks from public libraries, special libraries, academic libraries, and library-adjacent institutions. Library students and new professionals are especially encouraged to submit.
Submissions are due Friday, October 11. Presenters with accepted submissions will be contacted by Friday, October 18.
  • $35.00 CoPLA Mini Conference Member Ticket
  • $50.00 CoPLA Mini Conference Non-Member Ticket

GRT@Your Library: Innovate & Inspire with Gail & Kate

Join Kate & Gail to learn about the GRT Outreach Success Cycle. We’ll craft innovative ways to experiment and educate in our libraries and beyond, inspire ourselves and each other, and celebrate our successes together, along with looking forward to how we can once again look & listen as we seek to continually refine our FFN caregiver and early learning outreach efforts.

This webinar is part of a four-part GRT@Your Library, series of webinar learning opportunities for Colorado children’s librarians and staff interested in developing or expanding their relationships with informal family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers in their communities.

Success Cycle

Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Outreach for K-3rd Graders

Part 4 of a 4 part series about services designed for kids K – 3.

Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. We’ll discuss outreach best practices, different types of outreach currently being piloted in Denver, as well as challenges and successes.

No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org

We will be recording this session. All archived sessions are available on the CSL in Session website.

GRT@Your Library: Dream & Discover with Melody & Gail

Join Melody & Gail to learn about the GRT Outreach Success Cycle. We’ll dream about new possibilities for early learning in libraries, discover how to set meaningful goals, and become powerful advocates for young families and FFN caregivers in our area.

This webinar is part of a four-part GRT@Your Library, series of webinar learning opportunities for Colorado children’s librarians and staff interested in developing or expanding their relationships with informal family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers in their communities.

Success Cycle

Fall Youth Services Workshop – Durango

Please join state library youth services staff for a very interactive day of exploration, learning, idea exchange, and networking! We’ll explore the why’s and how’s of summer programs, the 2020 summer theme of Imagine Your Story (fairy/folk tales, fantasy, mythology), the many improvements to the Collaborative Summer Library Program and the manual, and why and how to seek input from your community when planning your summer program (and all your youth services programming). The Growing Readers Together Expansion Team will present approaches for building relationships with special populations through really knowing your audience, connecting with community organizations,  dreaming big, and inspiring change. Following that, an interactive session will give you ideas to demonstrate easy ways to engage our youngest library patrons and their caregivers, whether parents, grandparents, or teen baby-sitters, and help you with talking points about how libraries empower and support life-long learning and growth.

Unlike the past few years, this time around we will need to charge $25 to attend these workshops to cover lunch and a light breakfast. If you prefer to bring your own food, there will be no fee. The lunch break will be about 45 minutes.

Here’s a brief description of what the sessions will cover (all 4 will cover the same content), in 3 main sections:

Who’s Watching the Kids This Summer? Intro to Family, Friend and Neighbor Care In the first part of this 2-hour section of the workshop, the Growing Readers Together (GRT) Expansion Team will present the GRT Success Cycle, to guide building relationships with special populations through really knowing your audience, connecting with community organizations, dreaming big, and inspiring change. During the summer months, the childcare landscape shifts and many teens, grandparents, and neighbors find themselves caring for younger children. By investing in relationships with these Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FNN) caregivers now, you set the stage for a summer of learning. In the second part, we will demonstrate easily replicated early literacy games and activities from the Growing Readers Together FFN workshops that can be taught to teen babysitters, grandparents, or other caregivers; or grown into a program of its own.

Summer Program Time!

In this 2-hour section of the workshop, we’ll explore the why’s and how’s of summer programs, including trends in tracking, incentives, and moving from summer reading to summer learning. We’ll look at the many improvements to the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), and then take a fun, interactive dive into the 2020 summer theme of Imagine Your Story (fairy/folk tales, fantasy, mythology), with a look at the artwork and much changed CSLP manual along with lots of brainstorming, hands-on activities, and programming and partnering ideas. So much to explore!

Best. Summer. Ever. How to Create the Summer Program Your Community Wants Ever wonder what your community REALLY wants and needs in youth programming and services? In this 1-hour section of the workshop, we’ll investigate why and how to gather input from your community members of all ages on their needs and desires for a summer program—and library services year-round. From parent focus groups to dot boards in the grocery store to happy hour brainstorming sessions, we’ll look at a variety of ways to seek input about your services. Then we’ll shift to translating that input into do-able programs and services that will be of high interest to your community.

Playing Well with Others – At Work

We all know that children learn through play, but what about adults? Research shows that when humans, at any age, play, they learn and grow into healthy, happy, well-functioning individuals. Find out more about the research on play, identify your play style as well as others, and imagine ways to add more play into your work. Perhaps counter-intuitively, your habits of embedding playful work techniques into your day can lead to greater creativity, productivity, and resilience in you and your library. And knowing others’ play styles will help build better teams, collaborative work, and enjoyable work culture.

No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org

We will be recording this session. All archived sessions are available on the CSL in Session website.