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What is a webcast?

A webcast is a webinar that has already taken place; it is an on-demand video that can be watched by the purchaser at any time.  Webcasts are available for only $25 per individual, and $195 for groups.  These webinars will not be offered again live, but you receive unlimited access to the recording with purchase.  Please note that webcasts are not available until all live sessions of that webinar have taken place.  Contact Kristen Sutherland in the ALSC office with questions.

Not all of ALSC's webcasts are currently not available as we are in the process of moving to a new system.  Please check back at a later date for more information.  Thank you!


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Using the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® Toolkit with Spanish-Speaking Communities
Join us for an introduction to the 2nd edition of the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library Toolkit for Spanish-speaking Communities.

This kit was developed by ALSC and PLA to assist and empower public library staff to serve Spanish-speaking families providing an effective manual that contains instructions in English for the presenter and Spanish translation of the slides, handouts and booklist. The Toolkit includes powerpoint presentations that will allow library staff, even those who do not speak Spanish, to present the workshops. We offer tips on reaching families as well as on ways to interact with Spanish-speaking families during your Todos los niños listos para leer en tu biblioteca workshops.

C is for Common Core and Collection Development
“C” is for Common Core State Standards and Collection development with practical application in public libraries, big or small: We will break down the Common Core Standards in Reading and Writing to understand what the expectations are for our elementary students and how we as librarians can support and enrich their learning. I'll share titles, new and classics, that align with Common Core and give examples of practical, fun activities to do with kids after reading the books. We will "decode" the language of the standards and put them into terms that librarians, educators, and parents can easily understand.
Instructor: Kristen Remenar

Maker Programming for Kids: No Makerspace Required
Cindy Wall and Lynn Pawloski, two traditionally educated, but not traditionally centered children's librarians introduce maker-based programming to librarians of all experience levels and tech-savviness. Maker, today's DIY, encourages collaboration among participants regardless of library programming budget or designated Makerspace availability. The Maker Movement encompasses self-production of technology, crafts and more. In addition to a multitude of programming ideas, attendees will share a step-by-step, hands-on experience. Cindy and Lynn are co-authors of the upcoming The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Youth Library Programs published by Libraries Unlimited.
Instructors: Cindy Wall and Lynn Pawloski

What's After Storytime: Programming for Children and Tweens with Autism
Many libraries are now offering preschool storytimes adapted to meet the needs of young children with autism, but fewer libraries have programs for elementary and middle school age children with this disability. With the autism incidence presently at 1 in 50 children (CDC, 2013) these children are in all communities. This session will provide participants with helpful background information on autism and specific techniques to use when working with school-age children with this disability. A variety of program types will be discussed and the ways they can be designed to serve children with autism will be introduced.
Instructor: Barbara Klipper

Best Practices for Apps in Storytimes
Parents are faced with ever-expanding media options to share with their children, and many children’s librarians are beginning to incorporate apps and eBooks for young children into their collections and programming to satisfy the growing need for reader's advisory in the app space ("Appvisory"). This webinar will explore why and how incorporating digital media into our collections and programming is now an essential part of children’s librarianship, and tips and tricks for translating traditional storytelling techniques into the digital realm.
Instructor: Cen Campbell

Between Storytime and the Prom: Tween Programming Fills the Gap
Would you like to establish or enhance tween programming at your library? In this webinar, we’ll discuss key elements of successful tween events and how to promote your programs and manage registration, group size, and materials. We’ll look at tried and true tween events in detail, including planning checklists, handouts, and specific activity outlines. You’ll finish this webinar ready to put some of our ideas into practice for tweens in your community as well as develop new tween programming ideas on your own! .
Instructor: Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Head of Youth Services, Middleton (Wis.) Public Library

Every Child Ready to Read—New conversations on research, relationships and partnerships
Every Child Ready to Read ® @ your library® (ECRR) continues a commitment to research and introduces a powerful concept of constrained and unconstrained skill sets to our conversations with parents and caregivers. The 2nd edition utilizes natural language and a flexible format to encourage a more interactive way for library staff to work with caregivers and to create new ways for parents to interact with their children.  Community and staff partnerships are a staple of ECRR, and in our 90 minute webinar we will discuss research, new ways to relate to our customers, partners and community members using the new tools provided by ECRR.
Instructor: Elaine Meyers 

The Power of Play for Early Childhood Learning in Your Library
What do you do to play? Would you like to play all day? Play is a child's work! Research clearly shows play is key to early childhood development and lifelong success. Play is critical to a child's healthy development in all areas of school readiness, especially social emotional development and early literacy. How is play relevant to library services? Join us as we answer that question and identify ways to incorporate play in library programs and spaces to promote children's early childhood development and motivate caregivers to enjoy play with their children.
Instructors: Connie Wilson and Peg Pond

Sensory Storytime: Preschool Programming That Makes Sense for Kids with Autism
Sensory Storytime incorporates theory and practices from Sensory Integration Occupational Therapy into a regular library preschool story hour that is fun for all kids and appropriate for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  In this webinar, you’ll be introduced to some of the theory behind Sensory Storytime, some options and issues related to this type of programming, and the specifics of how one public library structures its Sensory Storytime program.   The webinar will equip you with the information and resources you need to be able to design or modify your own programs so you can better serve the young children with autism in your community.
Instructor: Barbara Klipper

You want your users to have more confidence, be more independent, and be able to find the right book. By rearranging your children's collections you will be able to accomplish this and more. We can show you where to start, point out possible potholes and give you a map to the future.  Join the library team from the Ethical Culture School, New York City, which 2 years ago began to look at alternatives to Dewey and chose to implement the Metis Classification System to great success increasing both circulation and patron satisfaction.
Instructors are from The Ethical Culture School library team: Tali Balas Kaplan, Sue Giffard, Jenn Still, and Andrea Dolloff
With a “Fizz, Boom, READ!” theme for the 2014 Collaborative Summer Reading Program and a steady rise in school STEM programs, now is the pefect time to increase summer science activities in public libraries. Learn how one library has expanded a traditional Summer Reading Program to include multiple science components. Our easily adaptable model includes a Science Log to encourage home science activities, a Preschool Stories and Science series, and Tabletop Science in the Children’s Room. Adapt for your library using free downloadable resources provided in an online Summer Science Toolkit.
Instructor: Steven Engelfried, Youth Services Librarian, Wilsonville (Ore.) Public Library

Free to ALSC Members

In efforts to support ALSC's goal of continuing education, a number of webinars and webcasts are offered free to ALSC members.  If you're not an ALSC member, save on future online education purchases by becoming a member today.

Did you know that minorities are underrepresented in STEAM education and professional fields, and that children of color routinely score below their white peers in math and science? The library can help bridge this STEAM gap with programs and services developed with the intent of having a positive impact on every child who participates. Whether you're new to STEAM or have offered STEAM programs before, this webinar will equip you with tools and resources to ensure that your STEAM programming reaches the full spectrum of your community.
Instructor: Amy Koester
You may not have been able to read almost everything published in 2012—but this group did!  Join members of the 2013 Notable Children’s Book Committee for this special webinar where they will book talk through part of this year’s Notables list.  Covering twenty books in ninety minutes, you will discover new titles and gather information to help frame your own book discussions.  Original Notable discussions took place at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting, but now you can relive those moments through this one-time webinar taking place free to ALSC members.  
Instructors: Members of the 2013 Notable Children's Book Committee
ALSC is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, but questions abound about how the award is chosen and what goes on behind those closed doors as the Caldecott Committee deliberates. How are members chosen for the Caldecott Committee? How does the Committee decide if a book really is a picture book? Why can't the Committee consider the text of a picture book…or can it? Here is an opportunity to get answers to your questions about one of the most significant awards in the field of children's literature.  This webinar took place as part of the Caldecott 75th Anniversary.
Instructor: Rita Auerbach 
Together we'll take a closer look Caldecott Medal winning and honor books and explore various techniques for bringing books and children together through classroom and library programming. This webinar took place as part of the Caldecott 75th Anniversary celebration.
Instructor: Gene Nelson, Director of the Provo City Library

Get to Know the Caldecott Winners
Join this curated documentary with ALSC Past President and Caldecott expert Kathleen Horning as she shares stories about some of the winning books and illustrators while we watch and listen to a handful of films and audio interviews with the winning illustrators, created by TeachingBooks.net Executive Director Nick Glass. Attendees will learn about these amazing illustrators and have a new context to teach, discuss, and enjoy these distinguished books. This webinar took place as part of the Caldecott 75th Anniversary.
Instructors: Kathleen T. Horning and Nick Glass

Chip Donohue, co-author of the NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology Tools and Interactive Media in Early Childhood Programs, will share key messages and guidelines from the Statement and discuss implications for educators, parents, children’s librarians and other adults who care for and about young children. He will address both common concerns about children and technology and the potential benefits when adults select, use, integrate and evaluate technology in effective, appropriate and intentional ways that support development and learning.  Obstacles and opportunities for children’s librarians and libraries in providing developmentally appropriate experiences for young children will be explored.
Instructor: Chip Donohue, PhD