Youth Services & SLP 2019 Workshop @ De Pere registration form

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Youth Services & SLP 2019 Workshop

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: 9:30am - 3:45pm
Location: Kress Family Branch of Brown County Library, 333 N. Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115 (map)

Schedule at a glance:  
   9:30 - 10am check in, and light refreshments
   10am - Noon keynote presentation
   Noon - 12:45pm catered buffet lunch + escape room activity
   1 - 3:45pm concurrent breakout sessions (see descriptions below)


10am - Noon — Keynote Presentation: Summer in the Library: 21st Century Style!

To both maximize children's learning and to support critical 21st Century Learning Skills, public libraries are finding new and nimble ways to support their learners during the critical out-of-school time, especially in the summertime. Join Chicago Public Library’s Children’s Services Director, Elizabeth McChesney for this engaging, fast-paced and fun look at how to draw upon critical 21st Century Learning Skills and incorporate STEM and Engineering Design Principals into core library programming.

Participants will gain hands-on knowledge of engineering and cross-cutting science concepts, and tie them to popular children’s books. Together we'll look at preschool programming and school-age programming, and relate how the principles of Chicago’s nationally award-winning Summer Learning Challenge can be adapted for any size library. Learn about effective community partnership-building, reaching underserved populations and effective STEM evaluation to tell the story or your impact.

Elements we will include:

  • Easy and practical STEM experiments to use with everyday objects
  • Take away materials for STEAM activities in your own library
  • Hands-on design challenge based on children’s literature
  • Partnership building activity
  • Background of incorporating 21st Century Skills into library programming
  • Rubric for creating your own design challenges based on children’s books in programming
  • Tips, advice and strategy for developing an outcomes evaluation framework in your library!

Presenter:  Fond du Lac native Elizabeth McChesney is the Director of System Wide Children’s Services & Family Engagement for Chicago Public Library. She has gained national recognition for her redesigning of summer reading to include 21st century skills and has been working with libraries of all sizes across the country. She and Bryan Wunar are co-authors of the book Summer Matters: Making All Learning Count.

Noon - 12:45pm — lunch + escape room activity

1 - 1:45pm — concurrent sessions:

Escape!  Join Sue to experience escape room immersive learning games that are a combination of physical and digital puzzle elements that must be solved in a set amount of time. Players of all ages are challenged to excercise critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity to escape. Attend this session to find out what you need to host escape room and Breakout EDU activities at your library!  Presenter: Sue Abrahamson, Children’s Librarian, Waupaca Area Public Library.

Summer in the Library: 21st Century Style, Continued.  Elizabeth has so muich to share, it didn't all fit into the morning!

2 - 2:45pm — concurrent sessions:

For Whom Library Use is Difficult, Limited, or Minimized.  Families who struggle with child care costs may send their children to the library without supervision after school, on school vacation days, and for entire days during the summer. To understand the day-to-day experiences of people in your community who are living in poverty, Elizabeth will lead participants in an interactive, role-playing experience that simulates what it would be like to live a month in poverty. You will be challenged with making decisions about how to keep you and your family fed, housed, and clothed.  Living in poverty generally means being without adequate food, shelter, and clothing, but can also include unstable or insufficient health care, employment, and transportation.  Understanding the home situations and the needs of families living in poverty is another step toward providing effective library services to all. Presenter: Elizabeth M. Timmins, Library Director & Programmer, Muehl Public Library in Seymour.

STEAM Activities on Space and Topics You can Use All Year Round.  Marie will share three big STEAM ideas she's used at her library that you can replicate at your library!  She'll show you features you can use at the NASA website, plus two more sources she's used to find great program ideas. Presenter: Marie Boleman, Head of Children's and Family Outreach Services, Oshkosh Public Library.

3 - 3:45pm — concurrent sessions:

Taking Your Summer Reading Program on the Road and Bringing the Outside In. Looking for ways to engage children in your community who cannot make it into the library during the summer months? Trying to reach an audience you may have missed? Lara will share methods of reaching your target audience when they cannot come to you. Mobile programs will include STEM/STEAM, Little Free Libraries, portable story times, and parking lot science. Plan on sharing your own ideas and experiences as well. Presenter: Lara Lakari, Marinette County Libraries/Stephenson Public Library.

WIT4Girls - A Program to Inspire Young Women with Technology.  WIT4Girls offers a free, reusable curriculum designed to excite, inspire and engage young women with technology.  Through positive female mentorship, WIT4Girls helps girls see how their innovative ideas can lead to limitless opportunities in technology careers.  Learn how easy it is to implement this program in your library.  Presenters: Marie Boleman (Head of Children's and Family Outreach Services, Oshkosh Public Library) and Kelly Dirkman (volunteer at WIT Women in Technology Wisconsin, Inc.)

This workshop is sponsored by the Northeastern Wisconsin (NEWI) continuing education partnership – Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, Nicolet Federated Library System, Outagamie-Waupaca Library System, and Winnefox Library System.

Continuing education contact hours for the full day: 6