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Workshops Archive - 2013


Play at the Library: Creating Early Literacy Spaces That Invite Learning

Please note: This workshop was planned originally for November 1 but was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Schenectady County Public Library (Main)
9:00 (registration at 8:30) -12:00
Directions: www.scpl.org

Libraries have a new understanding of how our role in supporting lifelong learning begins with the very youngest child. Our challenge is to design spaces as well as activities to most effectively support learning for emergent leaders. Play is essential to children's healthy cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. When our early literacy spaces invite play along with reading, we model effective strategies for family literacy.

Come learn how to engineer a play space, incorporate play into existing children's spaces and activities at the library, and select appropriate active toys - on any budget.

Marisa Conner is Youth Services Coordinator for Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL). A primary focus of her work is creating active learning spaces designed to promote early literacy and school readiness in public libraries. Marisa was responsible for developing the learning components for the innovative Storyville installation at BCPL http://bcplstoryville.org.

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Presented by Upper Hudson Library System & Mohawk Valley Library System

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

This year, our day together will include your favorite parts of SRP Planning Workshop, along with a new unworkshop part! What’s an unworkshop? A session where you are part of the agenda! For these segments, we’ll choose discussion topics collaboratively. You will attend and help to create whichever sessions interest you.


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Dig Into Science!
Easy and Fun Science Programming for Your Library

Thursday, April 18, 2013
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

(check-in and networking begins at 9:00)

Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Avenue
Guilderland, NY 12084

Find out how you can transform your summer reading program and attract a broader elementary and family audience! This hands-on workshop features activities that are specifically designed for the theme “Dig Into Reading” and have the 4-H flair for science learning that is informal and fun. Participants will receive a “Partnering with 4-H” manual as well as tips and tools that will make putting together and promoting programs a snap!

Two topics will be covered: Ancient Creatures/Dinosaurs and Gardening


Donna Cooke, Cornell’s Garden-Based Learning Program

Kelly Ann Radzik, NYS Library Partnership Coordinator and Resource
Extension Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties.

OPEN to UHLS and MVLS member libraries only: FREE WORKSHOP*

*While this is a free training, there are some library evaluation requirements that you agree to complete by attending this training. Please read the attached sheet. Your attendance equals your agreement.

Each UHLS library sending staff to the training will receive mileage reimbursement and some funding for supplies for science programs. Amount of support will be based on number of libraries participating; expected to be no less than $100.

Deadline for registration is April 15, 2013

Click here for flyer and registration form

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

Workshop handouts

Adventures in Earth Science

Scientific Method
Xenosmilus Bones
Xenosmilus Worksheet
Relative Dating
Rock Cycle

The Great Fossil Find instructions
The Great Fossil Find worksheet
The Great Fossil Find poster instructions
The Great Fossil Find skeletal resource manual
Fossil Bones Cutout

Beastie Bios labels
Beastie Bios photos

Cretaceous Crime Scene lesson plan
Cretaceous Crime Scene with key
Cretaceous Crime Scene without key
Cretaceous Crime Scene how a dinosaur fossil forms
Cretaceous Crime Scene power point white background (printable)
Cretaceous Crime Scene black background (use if projecting)

Seed and Soil Detectives

Seed Sort

Upper Hudson Library System and CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology present

Creating Welcoming Environments for Youth and Families: Learning from The Wakanheza ProjectTM

Monday, May 6, 2013
9:00 Registration and networking; 9:30—12:30 Workshop
East Greenbush Community Library - 10 Community Way - East Greenbush, New York

Wakanheza (Wah-kahn’-juh) means “sacred being” and is the Dakota word for child. The Wakanheza ProjectTM provides tools and strategies for creating welcoming and respectful environments for children, with an emphasis on human interactions. The Wakanheza principles apply to youth of all ages as well as to adults.

Whether you interact with youth and parents/caregivers in a library or museum setting, you will learn techniques to effectively respond to everyday, stressful situations between people and strategies to avert acute situations before they happen.

The Wakanheza ProjectTM has been introduced in over 100 organizations throughout the nation, including museums, faith communities, schools, family service agencies, and libraries.

Mary Fellows is Manager, Youth and Family Services at Upper Hudson Library System, a regional cooperative 29 independent public libraries in Albany, New York.
Sarah Fisk is Director of Education and Museum Experience, CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST).

Click here for flyer and registration form.



Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Directions: www.scpl.org

About that Common Core: Misconceptions and Reality

Learn what really is changing in schools with the advent of Common Core Standards and how it is affecting our services.

Storytime Skills: If You’re App-y and You Know It

Apps in storytime? Come learn more! We’ll also share terrific ideas on how to spice up your storytimes – with music! - when you’re feeling burned out.

Presenting: Molly Chatt, EGRN, Anne Hicks, Henrietta Public Library, Joyce Laiosa, VOOR, Rose Stuart, EGRN, Mary Fellows, Sue Rokos

Participants may attend only the morning session, only the afternoon session, or the full day.

Registration 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Common Core 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Storytime Skills 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Deadline to register is October 18, 2013

Click here for the flyer and registration form.

Common Core Handouts

Storytime Skills Handouts



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