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Workshops Archive - 2015

Presented by Upper Hudson Library System & Mohawk Valley Library System
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Every Hero Has A Story . . . and your very own Super Librarian, Champion of Summer Learning story starts at this workshop! Join us for a day of thinking and fun as we make new connections faster than a speeding bullet, create group brain trust more powerful than a locomotive, and leap tall build-ups of unexamined habit in a single bound! You'll leave with many ideas for your summer programming, a network of peer mentors, and a greater understanding of how to be more effective in serving the groups who matter most in your library.

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Human Torches





It's All About the Children - No, Wait! The Parents:

Strengthening Young Families Through Modeling and Readers Advisory

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

9:00 am - 9:30 am Check in and networking
9:30 am - 3:30 pm Workshop

Five practices - talk, sing, read, write, and play - help young children develop the skills they need to be successful readers and learners. Thanks to Every Child Ready to Read2® (ECRR2), the initiative that introduced these research-based practices, we’re on the path to modeling and embedding the practices in our storytime programming. Yet what happens after the families leave the library? Could changing how we interact with parents or caregivers at the library have an even bigger impact on early literacy in our community?

This workshop provides:

  • A refresher or introduction to the ECRR2 skills
  • Techniques for empowering parents and caregivers to continue early literacy engagement at home
  • Best books for early literacy programs
  • Methods for using readers advisory to promote early literacy practices

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

Registration information and full flyer here




Anytime, Anywhere, Anyhow:

Flexible Tween/Teen Makerspaces

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Albany Public Library - Washington Ave Branch

161 Washington Ave, Albany NY


Ferry service from UHLS and MVLS offices available (reservation necessary)

How can you incorporate more “making” into your services to tweens and teens? Join us at Albany Public Library’s Washington Avenue Branch, where a new MakerSpace is offering exciting tools and projects! We’ll get to see and work in the lab, learning hands-on about facilitating a range of projects for tweens and teens. Ideas galore from your peers and beyond . . . whatever the size of your library, you will find inspiration and practical help in making your tween and teen services more appealing!

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Check-in and networking

10:30 am – 3:30 pm: Training

Lunch: Make your ownat home and bring it!

We will provide dessert.


Free to UHLS and MVLS member libraries. Others: $15. CE credit available.

Register by Friday, November 20 and you will receive a package of tween/teen maker supplies at the workshop!

To register, email Mary Fellows at mary@uhls.lib.ny.us. You will receive a confirmation email.

Deadline for Registration: Monday, November 30, 2015

Click here for flyer




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