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Workshops Archive - 2011

Mohawk Valley Library System & Upper Hudson Library System present:

Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop

Thursday March 3, 2011
Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street, Schenectady

9:00 - 9:30 Registration and networking
9:30 - 3:30 Workshop (lunch included)

Get the jump on summer reading with a day chock-full of good ideas and our
introduction to the 2011 themes:

One World, Many Stories (Children) and You Are Here (Teens)

Program ideas, performer showcase, food, and lots of fun fill the day.
Create and wear your own theme-related costume and win a prize!

UHLS member library staff: $15. All others $45.

Make check payable to Mohawk Valley Library System and mail to Sue Rokos,
MVLS, 858 Duanesburg Road, Schenectady, NY 12306-1095. Registration
deadline: February 25.

See attached flyer for registration form and more details.

Handouts and Resources:

A big thank you to all of the presenters who shared their expertise at the
2011 Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop on March 3! Your generosity, hard work, and collaborative spirit make the day valuable for all who come.

Thanks also to Serena Butch and her crew at Schenectady County Public
Library who are always welcoming and helpful when we come to visit for the

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

Paper Stays Put

UHLS, MVLS, and SALS library staff members are invited to come at no cost to
the workshop next Friday, April 8, given by authors Joe & Jesse Bruchac.
The workshop is part of Riverway Storytelling Festival.

When: Friday, April 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Where: Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue

Stories in books and stories shared orally - both are valuable and both have
places in libraries and classrooms. When (and how) do stories move from the
oral tradition of storytelling to the printed page? Storytellers and authors
Joe and Jesse Bruchac explore the challenges of translating oral language to
written language, drawing from their own experiences of creating books from
stories in the American Indian tradition. For librarians, teachers, and
tellers of all levels.

For information on the rest of the festival, see the Riverway website.

To register for Paper Stays Put, please email Mary Fellows at
mary@uhls.lib.ny.us with your name and the UHLS, MVLS or SALS library by
which you're employed.

Throw the Bums Out: A Weeding Workshop for Packrats, Wouldchucks, and the Rest of Us

Weeding is hard. It's time-consuming, intellectually challenging, physically
taxing, and sometimes dirty. That's enough to put weeding last on many a
librarian's To Do list.

Come learn to:

  • Overcome your reluctance to weed
  • Establish practices for keeping up with weeding
  • Make informed decisions about each item in your collection
  • Judiciously dispose of weeded items

Audience: Department heads, frontline staff
Presenters: Jo-Ann Benedetti & Mary Fellows
Date: April 27, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: UHLS
Cost: Free to UHLS, $10 to all others others

Registration deadline is April 22.

Register by contacting Mary Fellows, 437-9880 ext. 228 or
emailing mary@uhls.lib.ny.us.

Handouts and Resources

School Savvy: Schools From The Inside

This interactive workshop will provide participants with:

  1. An understanding of contemporary school library culture, politics and
  2. An overview of the structure and evolution of curriculum.
  3. An opportunity to review some of the issues facing schools as they
    develop a summer reading program.
  4. An opportunity to share ideas and best practices for a collaborative
    Summer Reading Program with colleagues.

Where: UHLS offices


Tuesday, May 3, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Registration deadline April 29

Friday, May 13, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Registration deadline May 10


Linda Fox has worked as a school library media specialist in public school
libraries locally and in the North Country for 23 years. She is the recently
retired director of the Capital Region BOCES School Library System, where she worked to develop program, curriculum and advocacy with 155+ school library media specialists. In addition, she served at SUNY Albany as an adjunct instructor in both curriculum and administration for school library media specialists from 1992 - 2002.

Cost: Free to UHLS, $15 to all others

Register by contacting Mary Fellows, 437-9880 ext. 228 or
emailing mary@uhls.lib.ny.us

Supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

MVLS & UHLS present their annual tween/teen workshop:

The Future of Youth Services is Here

The Future of Youth Services is Here: Thursday, October 13, 2011
@ the Schenectady County Public Library, McChesney Room, 99 Clinton St., Schenectady 12306 www.scpl.org

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Check-in and Networking
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Workshop program

In August 2011 the web turned 20. In those 20 years the tools and resources for librarians working with teens and tweens have changed dramatically. So too have the ways in which teens and tweens interact with libraries. In this interactive session, led by Linda W. Braun, you'll find out what is and should be happening in services to tweens and teens today and where teens and tweens and libraries are headed tomorrow.

The workshop is free for MVLS and UHLS library staff. Non-MVLS/UHLS per library fee is $25.
For more information contact: Sue Rokos 355-2010 ext. 226/ srokos@mvls.info

Register online here.

This workshop is supported in part by Federal Library Services & Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Early Literacy Skills Workshop, sponsored by Upper Hudson Library System and Mohawk Valley Library System

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Avenue (US Route 20), Guilderland, NY 12084
518.456.2400 http://www.guilpl.org
Directions: http://www.guilpl.org/directions/

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Check-in and Networking
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Workshop

Presenters: Mary Fellows, UHLS & Sue Rokos, MVLS

National emphasis on early literacy and the parent’s role in preparing children for reading success is increasing. As funders and government agencies focus more resources on early literacy, public libraries need to develop staff skills and early literacy-based services to position the library as a key player.

In this workshop, you will learn about research-based practices to help young children develop the skills they need before they learn to read. Included:

  • An introduction to the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) @ your library®, a program based on the five early literacy practices of talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.
  • Information about the importance of developing early literacy skills in children from birth to age five.
  • A preview of the ECRR workshop for parents and caregivers
  • Creating early literacy and learning spaces in your library

We’ll also welcome local author/illustrator Matt McElligott (www.matthewmcelligott.com). Matt will join us to present his work in the context of early literacy. Book signing to follow!

The workshop is free for MVLS and UHLS library staff. Non-MVLS/UHLS fee is $25; send to Mary Fellows, UHLS, 28 Essex St., Albany, NY 12206.

For more information contact: Mary Fellows, Upper Hudson Library System; 437-9880 ext. 228 mary@uhls.lib.ny.us or Sue Rokos, Mohawk Valley Library System, 355-2010 ext. 226 srokos@mvls.info

Below are links to the PowerPoints and the handouts shared during the workshop

We welcome any feedback on how you used any of these ideas, what obstacles you encountered, and the successes you achieved!

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