Archived webinars that have already taken place are available on-demand and can be watched at any time. After May 2016, archived webinars are free for ALSC members, and available for non-members at 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 your ALSC membership or webinar archive purchase. Please note that archived webinars are not available until all live sessions of that webinar have taken place. Contact Kristen Figliulo in the ALSC office with questions.
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Celebrating with Poetry Snapshots
How do we mark milestones throughout the year? With photographs, when possible—but what about those moments that a camera can't capture? A poem is a verbal snapshot, words that freeze and share an experience. Poems can provide social connection, while building language skill, memory and empathy. In this webinar, we’ll model the use of poetry for celebrating more 150 holidays and occasions throughout the year (from Poem in Your Pocket Day to National Pet Week to Juneteenth to International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day to World Bread Day), along with instructional strategies, cross-curricular connections, diversity dynamics, and collection development and programming tips. Led by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, we’ll weave together educator and poet perspectives and start a poetry celebration that can last all year long.
Be A Winner: Inspired Youth Grant Writing
Working on a shoestring to bring creative programming, an author or new books and media to your library? Apply for a grant! It sounds so easy! But how do you make your application "stand out" from the others? This program presents step-by-step grant writing techniques, how to match your need to a grant, and a wealth of available grant opportunities. A downloadable handbook will provide guidance for you and your library to "be a winner"!
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.
Instructors: Saroj Ghoting, Freda Mosquera
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
Free to ALSC Members
In efforts to support ALSC's goal of continuing education, a number of webinars and archived webinars are offered free to ALSC members. If you're not an ALSC member, save on future online education purchases by becoming a member today.
"Making" Readers: How the Maker Movement Can Impact Literacy
We have all heard how making and makerspaces can encourage STEM learning, but what can they do for literacy? This webinar will address ways that literacy and making can go hand in hand to enhance your programs offered at the library. By focusing on transliteracy skills, and including maker activities with literacy activities, librarians can better influence the traditional literacy skills they have always targeted.
Instructor: Megan Egbert
Supervising the Youth Services Department
What does supervising mean anyway? Learn how to set goals, mentor staff, document information, and manage the performance of others in this introductory webinar to the ins and outs of supervising staff.
Instructors: Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, Lisa Kropp, and Madeline Walton-Hadlock
Instructors: Kendra Jones and Claudia Wayland
Managing Financials in a Youth Services Department
A section of a four part webinar series designed to develop leadership and managerial skills among ALSC members, this webinar will focus on the ins and outs of budgeting, keeping track of departmental spending, the bigger picture of the library's budget, and how to ask for more money for youth services.
Instructors: Lisa Kropp and Krissy Wick
Managing Children's Services: Scheduling and Time Management in the Youth Services Department
Youth Service departments in libraries are busy. Programs, outreach, training, and much more. How do you manage the daily schedule of your department? This webinar will offer tips, tricks, and best practices from veteran Youth Services Managers who have had to deal with the dilemma that can be scheduling.
Instructors: Megan Egbert, Rachel Fryd and Amanda Yother
Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth: A Primer
The ALSC Board recently adopted the white paper "Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth." What does media mentorship mean, and how does it fit in with the types of services libraries have historically offered children and families? This webinar will explore the current landscape of children, new media, and libraries before examining what it means to continue to support families in a digital age.
Instructor: Amy Koester