Upcoming Webinars & Workshops (Click Here for Youth)


Libraries Rock! Programming Ideas & Tips for 2018

The Library of Michigan's Youth Services Advisory Council would like to invite you to join us for a webinar on the 2018 CSLP themed "Libraries Rock!" 

Programming ideas, the CSLP manual and various summer reading club topics will be discussed. 

Presenters: Liz Clauder of Bloomfield Township Library; Lindsay Fricke of the Novi Public Library; Beth Lowe, Fowlerville District Library; Dena Moscheck, Lapeer District Library; Amy Nolan, St. Joseph/Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library; Eva Weihl, East Lansing Public Library; Stephanie Wambaugh of the Braille and Talking Book Library, and Cathy Lancaster, Library of Michigan


The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce a new *interactive* webinar series on Best Storytime Practices with Professional Storyteller & Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss.  Please register for each individual webinar by following the links below.  There are books listed under each webinar, please have as many on hand as possible during the webinar.  Also of note, the January webinar will focus on our Ready to Read Michigan program selection (formerly known as “Michigan Reads!”) for public libraries.  All webinars will be recorded and links sent to registrants who cannot attend live. This project is made possible by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.

Full Body Storytime: Moving and Grooving with Stories, Songs, Rhythms and Rhymes
Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 2pm

Movement is a child’s first language! Combine movement with rhythm and you have the foundation for literacy skills like listening, speaking, reading and writing.
In support of healthy early childhood learning experiences and the ALA Every Child Ready to Read initiative, narrative consultant/storyteller, Jenifer Strauss will host a live webinar featuring stories, songs, play, and movement. Participants will learn how to plan and execute a well-balanced storytime that will allow young patrons to be active and creative with language. Directions for making percussion instruments and props included. PDF handouts of song lyrics and supporting research provided.
I Knew an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (your favorite version)
The Talkative Tortoise (India, Haiti, Anishinabek origins)
The Enormous Turnip, a folktale illustrated by Kathy Parkinson (or your favorite retelling)

Ready to Read Michigan:  “I Got the Rhythm!”
Tuesday, January 16th, 2pm
Join us to learn about a Ready to Read Storytime designed for outreach to your local early childhood providers & schools!  This year’s book selection is “I Got the Rhythm” by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison.  Copies of the title will be shipped to libraries mid-January-early February, so this is a sneak peek if you do not already have the book in-hand.



Updated 11/16/17