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Workshops Archive - 2014

2014 Summer Reading Program Workshop/Unworkshop
Thursday, February 6, 2014
William K. Sanford Town Library
629 Albany-Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY 12211

9:30 – 3:30 (Registration & networking begins at 9:00)

Fizz, Boom, Plan! is our theme for this workshop which will spark many ideas for SRP in your own library! Following last year’s successful unworkshop segments, we’ll again spend some of the day in sessions with topics we’ll choose collaboratively. You will attend and help to create whatever sessions interest you. (We’ll ask you for your topic ideas when we confirm your registration.) Join us for a fun, creative, idea-filled day with your most lively peers!

Flyer and Registration Form (PDF)



Candy sushi
Sound sandwich instructions
Spacecraft craft instructions
Tamborine & popsicle harmonica
Straw airplane instructions
Lava lamp
T-shirt apron
T-shirt apron instructions
Glitter slime
Glow-in-the-dark slime
Homemade silly putty
Making Rainbows

Little Free Libraries:
LFL overview
LFL handout
LFL materials list
LFL instructions

Kindergarten boot camp sprinkle
My SRP Planning Sheet
Citizen science
School visits in a Common Core world
Performer’s showcase
QR Code Scavenger Hunt
Yard Signs and Summer Reading
The Gross, the Weird, and the Just Plain Strange
The Gross etc overview
The Gross etc observation journal
Fart journal
Alien Autopsy directions
Autopsy form
Worm farm online
Tween & teen planning

SRP self-evaluation
Snack recipes
Book champions idea

Unworkshop Session Notes:
Incentives unworkshop notes
Reluctant reader unworkshop notes
Unique non-craft and science programs unworkshop notes

Albany Public Library and Upper Hudson Library System Present

Science Discovery: Unraveling the Science Behind “Fizz, Boom, Read!”

February 12, 2014 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (9:00 check-in and networking) Upper Hudson Library System 28 Essex Street Albany, NY 12206

Presenters from CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology:

Sarah Fisk, Director of Education and Museum Experience

Dawn Baldwin, Museum Educator

Join us for hands-on science! You’ll learn about and replicate science experiments that will add zest to library programs from storytimes to tween programs. Experiment, broaden your knowledge, and have fun while gaining practical applications. Ideas for altering programs for different learning environments and accommodating various types of learners will also be part of your take-away.

Space for this workshop is limited!

Cost: $10.00 (UHLS member library staff only)

Email Mary Fellows (mary@uhls.lib.ny.us) to register.

Once you receive a confirmation email, you will be requested to send your check.

Flyer and Registration Form

Workshop: Making a Difference in a Life: Customer Service for Teens and Tweens

Thursday April 24, 2014

9:00 a.m. Doors Open

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Workshop

11:30 a.m. Networking Opportunity

Bring a lunch, we’ll provide dessert & drink, and we’ll use the opportunity to discuss whatever you like concerning service strategies for teen/tweens!

Schenectady County Public Library
McChesney Room
99 Clinton Street 12305-2083
Tel: 518-388-4500

They may be Crocs, Uggs, or even Chuck Taylors - but we’re going to walk in the virtual moccasins of a teen and tween to better understand what they need from us. Through improvisation exercises and examples from real life, you will come away with a better understanding of:

  • Tween and teen development
  • Developing your library’s teen/tween service message and attitude
  • Welcoming and supporting diversity

Presenter: Terrie Gifford

Cost: $10 per person.

For more information and to register, click here.

Upper Hudson Library System and Mohawk Valley Library System present:

Beyond a Rainbow Booklist: Serving LGBTQ Youth in Your Library

August 28, 2014

Guilderland Public Library

2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland NY

9:00 am networking, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm workshop

LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc.) youth, like all young people, deserve a library environment that is safe, supportive, and welcoming. This collaborative workshop will provide ideas, strategies and suggested policies that will help us make our libraries places where LGBTQ youth and their families find helpful guides, information, and books that reflect their experience.

The morning session will be a presentation, while the afternoon will focus on booktalks of LGBTQ books for all ages and discussion of LGBTQ literature. You are invited to volunteer to booktalk a non-discussion title. (We’ll provide a selection of book choices for you, and optional coaching. Please indicate on your registration form your interest.)

The booktalking will be followed by two simultaneous book discussions. Please do your very best to read all titles if you are attending one of the book discussions.

Book discussion Group 1: And Tango Makes Three, Drama (Telgemeier). Totally Joe, Ask the Passengers

Book discussion Group 2: Jacob’s New Dress, Better Nate Than Ever, Openly Straight, The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Morning Presenters

Kyle Lukoff is a children’s librarian in an independent school. He has facilitated and provided LGBTQ education for youth and adults in multiple venues, including publications like School Library Journal and at institutions like Columbia University and the Writing Trans Genres conference.

Jackson Radish has presented on trans young adult literature to librarians, teachers, and teens, and contributed a chapter on the subject to Oxford University Press’s Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. He is an editor and book reviewer with a background as a teen librarian.

Flyer and Registration Form

Handouts and resources:

From speakers Kyle Lukoff and Jackson Radish:

UHLS/MVLS booklist

Upper Hudson Library System & Mohawk Valley Library System


Early Literacy Community Asset Analysis & Storytime Management

Thursday, October 2, 2014

William K. Sanford Town Library

629 Albany Shaker Road

Loudonville, NY 12211


Early Literacy Community Asset Analysis

Effectively serving families with young children requires knowing who they are, how they live, which other community services they use, and what they need and want from your library. Whatever size your library, in this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Investigate the assets your community offers to young families
  • Identify strategic stakeholders and potential partners
  • Analyze the knowledge you’ve gained to make your library a more valued and valuable early literacy resource

This training is part of the NYS early literacy initiative Ready to Read At New York Libraries.

Presenters: Mary Fellows, Upper Hudson Library System & Sue Rokos, Mohawk Valley Library System

Storytime Management

Are your story times sometimes hard to manage? Would your activities be better if you weren’t spending so much time managing behaviors? Learn tested techniques and fun activities for calming and managing your young participants (and their parents!) so that everyone can get the most value from the experience.

Presenter: Don Sinton, Stepping Stones Learning Center, Rochester, NY

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

See the flyer and registration form here

Link to handouts


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