ALSC Mini Institute Breakout Programs and Handouts

To access handouts for a program, click the hyperlinked program title. If a program does not have handouts, it's because the presenters have not submitted resources to ALSC.

Please note that printed handouts will not be available onsite in Atlanta. If you would like a hard copy of handouts, please print them in advance and bring them with you.

Mini Institute Breakout Programs and Handouts

Mini Institute Participant List

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Discover & Explore: Playful Learning Centers/Descubre & Explora: Centros de Aprendizaje
Tina Birkholz and Grisel Leon, Gail Borden Public Library

Are you looking for fun, easy and practical STEAM and pre-literacy activities for preschoolers? As a recipient of the ALSC/Dollar General 2015 Building STEAM with Día mini-grants, we would like to share the science, technology, engineering, art and math stations we developed, as well as the stations from our successful Ready...Set...Read!/¡Listos...para...Leer! programs. All of the materials were created in English and Spanish and are ready to be used in your library!


ECRR the Next Generation: Innovative Ways to Present Early Literacy Information to Parents, Teachers, Children and the Community
Lisa Dengerink and Sarah McNeil, Denver Public Library

Denver Public Library moved beyond the PowerPoint and created innovative ways to spread the word about ECRR, including an ice cream cart to engage parents and children in early literacy learning at family events, play and learn groups, passive programming and community partnerships. Come learn about these activities (including successes and failures) and how they can work in your community to help parents and caregivers understand how simple early literacy skills building can be!


Healthy Partnerships: Creating an Early Literacy Outreach Partnership for Hospitalized Children
Amanda Bressler, Boston Public Library

Scrub in and pull on your rubber gloves; it's time to early literacy partnership with your local hospital's children's unit! Based on an outreach partnership between the Boston Public Library and Boston Children's Hospital since 2014, this program will provide an overview of hospital departments to partner with, special considerations for providing library services to severely ill children and their families, and other strategies to set up your early literacy partnership for success.


Why is it so Difficult to Talk about Race, Culture, and Other Marginalizations in Children’s Literature?
Edith Campbell, Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University; Oralia Garza de Cortés, ​REFORMA Children in Crisis Project; Kathleen T. Horning, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Ellen Oh, We Need Diverse Books; Sarah Park Dahlen, St. Catherine University; Aisha Saeed, Author

With the clash of opinions surrounding books with problematic content, there is a growing divide between those who cry censorship and those who seek better representation. It becomes problematic when it fosters a mentality of Us versus Them. It’s important for the community to listen to each other. To foster a forum for listening, learning, supporting, and collaborating on the importance of good representation. And to accept that even a problematic book can spark good discussions that all readers can learn from. But the first step is to be willing to engage in difficult conversations. This panel will discuss how to hold these conversations with respect and moderate the challenges that can arise.



11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Adele, Rascal Flatts, Mumford & Sons, and LL Cool J Come to Storytime
Teresa Cain, Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Break away from convention and incorporate music by notable artists in a variety of genres in your ECRR2 storytimes.
Learn to support the ECRR2 practice of play by:

  • using manipulatives
  • leading creative movement
  • leading creative dramatics

The caregivers will thank you. (And the preschoolers don't come to storytime without them.)


Fighting Intergenerational Illiteracy with Family Reading Engagement & Community Support without a Grant (additional link to PowerPoint slides here)
Jonathan Dolce, Lake County BCC

Participants will learn how to design a series of programs designed to help families help their children improve their reading skills by involving the whole family in making reading fun.
• Deliver quality humanities education experiences to at-risk families
• Increase public library use among at-risk families
• Increase family bonding and reading time of at-risk families
• Positively affect the attitude and behavior of at-risk families regarding reading
All without having to write a grant proposal. 


Passing the Mic: Muslim Voices in Children’s Literature and Lessons Learned in the Pursuit of Equity and Inclusion
Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Salaam Reads; Hena Khan, Author; Aisha Saeed, Author

Those who work in children’s literature know the impact books can have on a society—creating empathy and understanding, and shaping identity and self-determination. Publishers, librarians and educators have a special role in getting these books into the hands of children. Salaam Reads Co-Founder and Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery and authors Hena Khan and Aisha Saeed discuss publishing books that center an underrepresented, and often misrepresented, culture, and the opportunities for meaningful and sustainable change.


Summer Reading Reconsidered: Think People, Not Prizes
Kim Becnel and Robin Moeller, Appalachian State University

Every year, youth services librarians struggle to provide the best, most appealing prizes they can afford as incentives and rewards for children who read a certain number of books during the summer months. It’s a noble effort to prevent summer slide, but it’s worth asking—does this really work? In this session, we’ll see what the research, and some actual children, have to say about traditional SRPS and how we might do it better. 



1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Interactive Learning at Every Branch: System-Wide Lessons Learned
Anne-Marie Despain, San Mateo County Libraries; Rita Hamilton, Phoenix Public Library; Tracy Strobel, Cuyahoga County Public Library; Kim Van Der Veen, Burgeon Group LLC

Combined, the Directors have opened dozens of libraries, many with small interactive learning spaces integrated in their design. Each speaker has worked with multiple architects, designers, and partners to create various models of interactive learning spaces in their libraries. Learn how their approach has evolved, how they’ve leveraged spaces for programs and grants, and share lessons learned and mistakes to avoid as you consider a hands-on learning space in your library.


Kindergarten Bootcamp - Preparing Parents for Children's School Success
Jacqueline Higgins-Dailey, Phoenix Public Library

Preparing children for kindergarten is one of the most important ways parents influence their child's future success, but oftentimes parents don’t know what skills children need or how to teach them. Phoenix Public Library implemented a program that focuses on parent outcomes to prepare children with the tools they need to succeed! We will share how we developed the curriculum, important concepts, and provide the resources and framework to start your own kindergarten readiness program. 


Pop Up Library: Once You Pop, You Can't Stop
MyTesha Tates and Mary Wagoner, Houston Public Library

Houston Public Library’s Pop Up Library, initiated with IMLS grant funds, program addresses summer reading slide by including STEAM activities as part of its aggressive outreach program into low income communities. The Pop Up Library brings books, crafts, iPad activities and resources to customers where they live, work and play. Learn the steps that build internal and external relationships and sustain the program after the grant.


Serving ALL Families in Your Library: Inclusive Library Collections and Programs for LGBTQ Families & Children
Jamie Campbell-Naidoo, University of Alabama - SLIS; Megan Roberts, LGBT Center of Raleigh Library

Children with LGBTQ caregivers live in almost every community nationwide. Is your library meeting the informational and recreational needs of these Rainbow Families? Do ALL types of families feel welcome in your library? This session explores the concept of Rainbow Families, offering criteria for selecting and using children's books with LGBTQ content. We will also examine how librarians can offer inclusive programs for these families by using materials that redefine gender norms and family compositions.