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Workshops Archive - 2010

Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop

Date: March 12, 2010

Location: William K. Sanford Town Library in Colonie

Time: 9:00 (registration) - 3:30

Description: Announcing the ninth annual Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop! Sponsored by Upper Hudson and Mohawk Valley Library System, this is a day of dozens of ideas about most every aspect of Summer Reading Program (SRP), including a performers showcase. If you need a SRP planning jumpstart, come join us! Our promise is that you will leave with your SRP at least half-planned - in your head, if not on paper! For more details and the registration form, see attached flyer (PDF). Please note registration deadline of Friday, March 5.

Handouts and Resources:

A big thank you to all of the presenters who shared their expertise at the 2010 Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop on March 12! Your generosity, hard work, and collaborative spirit make the day valuable for all who come.

Thanks also to Dave Cole and his crew at William K. Sanford who are always welcoming and helpful when we come to visit for the day!

Below are links to some of the resources shared during the workshop. Enjoy!



Bringing Stories to Life With Puppetry Workshop

Friday, April 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m

Guilderland Public Library

Free to UHLS members; all others $30

As part of Riverway Storytelling Festival, master puppeteer and storyteller Willy Claflin offers a workshop on using puppets to bring stories to life in storytime or classroom.

Learning the art of puppetry is a matter of learning how to bring puppets to life -- making them seem like live, real creatures. This workshop will cover:

  • finding a special speaking voice for your puppet
  • moving the puppet's mouth correctly
  • sleight of eye (how to make the audience look at the puppet, not at you!)
  • the power of make-believe: how to bring the puppet to life as a separate, distinct character
  • how to make up stories for puppets to tell

To register contact Mary Fellows at mary@uhls.lib.ny.us or download a registration form.

Libraries and Autism. We're Connected

Wednesday, May 26, 1:00-4:00 p.m

William K. Sanford Town Library

Free to UHLS members; all others $20

Come learn about autism and how libraries can more effectively serve youth on the autism spectrum and their families.

Presenters Dan Weiss and Meg Kolya of the Scotch Plains (NJ) Public Library and the Fanwood (NJ) Memorial Library, respectively, produced a customer service training video and developed a website and support materials primarily for library staff to help them serve individuals with autism and their families more effectively.

Employee Recognition and Engagement

June 15th from 1:00-3:00 PM

Upper Hudson Library System

Registration is $10 per person. In order to maximize the effectiveness of this Workshop, it is limited to 20 attendees.

Presented by Cathy Kittle. She is an experienced supervisor with interesting and challenging ideas on how to motivate and recognize staff members. Her “Employee Recognition” presentation is a popular topic in the all-day Supervisory Institute offered to State employees.

Registration form is here.

Workshop Postponed:

Close Encounters with THOSE People: A Different Perspective on Diversity & Disability

The original date of Wednesday, June 9th 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. has been cancelled due to an emergency on the part of the presenter. We will
reschedule for late August. New registration information will come out later in the summer.

Close Encounters with THOSE People: A Different Perspective on Diversity & Disability

Wednesday, August 25, from 9 a.m. – noon

Upper Hudson Library System

Free to UHLS members; all others $20

Please re-register by emailing Mary Fellows.

We so often hear people talk about “those” people. Who exactly do they mean by “those” people? What do “those” people with disabilities have in common with “those” people of different backgrounds and cultures? Depending on our experiences, reactions to and knowledge about groups…differ. Join in this interesting activity-based workshop designed to provide a unique opportunity to learn how to better meet the needs of today’s diverse population and promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Presenter: Jo Fenton, The New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

See the flyer here.

Upper Hudson Library System and Mohawk Valley Library System present:

This Ain't Your Mama's Library! Creating a New Generation of Library Services for a New Generation of Library Users

Thursday, September 16, 9-12 (registration at 8:30)

Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland, New York

Teen services expert Michele Gorman from Charlotte, North Carolina will present on the connection between youth development and library services, guerilla marketing using social media to attract teens, and how to build collections, develop programs and serve diverse, adolescent populations (at-risk, homeless, GLBT, urban teens, and non and reluctant readers) in libraries.

Free to UHLS and MVLS members; all others $45.

Sign up by emailing Mary Fellows.

See the flyer here.

Workshop: Show Me the Money: Grant Writing for Success

What are the basic rules of writing grants? How do you tell your story so that funders will hear it? Come learn:

  • The six steps to grant writing success
  • Mastering the elements of a proposal
  • Communicating with funders
  • How to turn your facts into a compelling story

Presented by Jo-Ann Benedetti and Mary Fellows

Attend either:

  • Wednesday, November 17, 9:30-11:30. East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way
  • Monday, November 22, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland (bring your own lunch; we'll provide beverages and dessert)

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at one of these two workshops is required if you are submitting a 2011 minigrant application, even if you have attended one in the past. Please contact Jo-Ann with questions.

Space is limited at Guilderland; register early. This workshop is open to UHLS staff and volunteers, and is FREE.

To register, email Jo-Ann Benedetti at jo-ann@uhls.lib.ny.us.


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