Library of Michigan Webinar Archives

2020 SRLC PRESENTS
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CONTINUING EDUCATION
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GRANTS & TIPS
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LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION
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LIBRARY LAW
Please contact Clare Membiela, Library Law Consultant with questions or requests for handouts, etc.

 

PLOUD
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PUBLIC LIBRARY FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
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SAVE THE DATA
All things related to Library Data. Casual, quick, and new each month. If you are interested in any files related to any of the presentations, please contact Joe Hamlin

 

MEL.ORG
You can find MeL webinar recordings on the MeL.org website under Library Staff Training and on the MCLS site under MeL Training & Events.

 

YOUTH SERVICES

For additional information, links to handouts, or questions, please contact Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator.  Support for these webinars is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Best Storytelling Practices* series, Summer Reading**, and Every Child Ready to Read*** series are listed seperatly, further down the page.

Eat Up @ Your Library! Summer Food Service for 2020
"Meet Up & Eat Up," the Michigan Department of Education’s SFSP is going to look a little different this summer, but the need is even greater than ever before. Join this webinar to learn how libraries can play a role in feeding the youth in your community. The Michigan Department of Education aims to feed the whole child the whole year. The Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Service Program Staff will share how to expand the SFSP to your area. The webinar will cover Michigan SFSP basics, requirements for sponsors who operate the SFSP, sites who provide healthy meals to children, and site activity options for Summer 2020.  (Recorded 05/29/2020)

Childhood Trauma in a Time of Crisis 
For some children, home is not a safe place.  Take a deeper look at what some children might be experiencing in this time of crisis, how it might affect learning, how to recognize the signs of abuse, and how public libraries might best serve these children. Dr. Amelia Siders will be our presenter, she is the Director of Clinical Practice Development and Education, at the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan. Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) partner with prosecutors, law enforcement, and protective services to coordinate the investigation of child maltreatment—often child sexual abuse. CACs also provide support to child survivors of abuse so that those kids can get back to being kids. (Recorded 05/05/2020)

Don’t Sweat the Flops: an Interactive Virtual Workshop for Young Adult Library Staff
Don’t Sweat the Flops…It won't be perfect the first time. Or the second. Accepting this will accelerate skill building and frankly make the process a lot more enjoyable for teens. Fear of failure creates anxiety and prevents many people from even starting on a path toward growth whether it be one of personal or even professional development. This session will guide teen librarians on how to help break through that fear by making “flopping” fun. Flow Circus will introduce librarians to the flop ball; this simple, yet challenging skill toy has players use the back of their hands to throw and catch - a slight change that requires a shift in mindset and the player to pay attention in a new way. During the process, Flow Circus will provide strategies to help empower teens to get out of their own way and ask for help when they need it. Playing with Flop Balls also serves as a “pause button” that they can keep on their desk or in their pocket as a signal to pay attention to the process of the task in front of them. (Recorded 05/15/2020) 

STEM in the Kitchen with Longway Planetarium’s Laurie Bone
In this STEM training Longway Planetarium’s Laurie Bone will introduce some basic chemistry concepts while demonstrating fun and easy-to-do chemistry activities straight from the kitchen.  Activities that you can do virtually with your patrons using everyday kitchen tools will be demonstrated.  Webinar participants will also receive links to information sheets that support each activity so that you can create a “STEM in the Kitchen” program, either in the library or virtually, for your families. (Recorded 05/12/2020)

Motion! with Longway Planetarium’s Laurie Bone
In this STEM training, Longway Planetarium’s Laurie Bone will provide background information about forces and motion, and share connections to the Next Generation Science Standards.  Some easy, tried and true activities that you can do virtually with your patrons using everyday household items will be demonstrated.  Webinar participants will also receive links to information sheets that support each activity so that you can create a “Motion” STEM program, either in the library or virtually, for your families. (Recorded 04/28/2020)

Starting a School Outreach Program from Scratch: What Worked, What Didn’t, and Everything In Between
A webinar with Clinton-Macomb Public Library’s Amy Young and Brittany Wesner
How Clinton-Macomb Public Library went from little school outreach to developing a streamlined plan that allows to see over 20,000 students a year.  Focus on how developing curriculum-based, grade specific programs helped to appeal to teachers and administrators while still attracting students to participate. These strategies can be adapted to serve communities of any size. Additionally, the differences between curriculum-based school outreach and relationship-based school outreach was shared, as well as how to meet the need of schools from varying socioeconomic backgrounds. (Recorded 01/15/2020)

Read By Grade Three: What Public Libraries Need to Know
How can Public Libraries and other key stakeholders support literacy for all young learners in Michigan? In 2015, Michigan ranked 46th in the nation based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 4th Grade Reading Scores. Join the webinar to better understand the Michigan Read by Grade Three Law, what school districts are doing today, and to learn how libraries can help to promote literacy learning.  Presenters: Laural Triebel and Lisa Brown, Early Literacy Coaching Consultants, Office of Educational Supports, MDE; Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator, Library of Michigan.

Creating a Tween Collection - Karen M. Smith
Thinking of creating a collection just for tweens? Curious why such a collection is important? Join Karen M. Smith, a Michigan librarian and author of "Creating a Tween Collection: A Practical guide for Librarians," as she shares tips on tween literature, carving out a space, budgeting, and more.

No Place to Go: Homeless Youth and Libraries 
There are nearly 40,000 identified homeless youth in Michigan public schools, from preschool to 12th grade, including over 5,000 students not living with a legal parent or guardian. Highlighting National Homeless Awareness Week, this webinar will detail the different categories of homelessness, how to recognize a family or child struggling with homelessness, and will identify local resources and ways libraries can connect families to assistance. Presenter: Pam Kies-Lowe, State Coordinator for Homeless Education/Homeless Education Consultant; Michigan Department of Education Office of Educational Supports.

Teen Clubs - featuring Amy Alessio, with contrubtions from Heather Booth 
Want to keep the momentum going after a successful teen event? That “one off” can easily be turned into a popular monthly club that will keep young adults coming back. "Club Programs for Teens: 100 Activities for the Entire Year" authors Amy Alessio and Heather Booth share how-to tips.  

Adapted Sensory Programming for All Ages and All Budgets - With presenters: Jen Taggart of Bloomfield Township Public Library, Laura Hollister & Sarah Skinner of Niles District Library, and Marta-Kate Jackson of Cromaine District Library. 

*Best Storytelling Practices: A Webinar Series with Jenifer Strauss of Story Be Told
Literacy All Day, Every Day: How to Present Easy-to- Use Language and Literacy Tips to Parents and Caregivers 
Parents and caregivers know the value of the storytime programs; librarians not only provide valuable language experiences, they model good practices! But how do we help parents understand that language experience is something they can provide for their children all-day, every day? Storyteller and Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss will model a Ready-to-Use Parent Presentation that librarians can use to encourage parents to engage their children in quality language experiences during the course of a regular day with their kids. (Recorded 05/19/20)

DIY Puppets and Props to Support Imagine Your Story  
“Story” is a part of a child’s first language and key to exploring and understanding their world. Imaginative play is essential to a healthy childhood and a more compassionate, fulfilling adulthood. And so, providing children opportunities for open-ended narrative play with puppets and props will not only allow them to develop social skills like sharing and cooperation, it will also help use their imagination to grow in language and literacy! In this webinar, facilitated by Storyteller and Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss, learn how to provide children with simple puppets and props from every-day household items to provide “anytime, anywhere” opportunities for narrative play. (Recorded 05/08/2020) 

Singing Our Way to Literacy!
Singing with children is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to increase reading and writing readiness. It also serves as “Storytime Glue.” You don't have to sing well to share music with kids - you just need give yourself permission!  Join, Storyteller and Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss for a webinar filled with rhythms, rhymes, songs and silliness. Learn to use simple rhythm instruments and props to move and groove with kids. Discover how singing refines auditory discrimination and sequencing, improves listening skills, creates phonological awareness, print awareness, enriches vocabulary and uplifts our mood! (Recorded 04/24/2020) 

Beyond Storytime: The Care and Feeding of Teens at Your Library 
"If you feed them, they might come”, but food alone will not keep teens coming back to your library for more! A sense of place, belonging and strong programming will. Don your hard hats and take a journey inside the teenage brain with former sixth grade teacher, Institute on Media and the Family speaker and Storyteller, Jenifer Strauss. Find out “why they act that way” and what it takes to really connect with tweens and teens at your library. (Recorded 03/24/2020) 

Parade of Elephants: Ready to Read Michigan 2020 with Jenifer Strauss 
The Library of Michigan’s Ready to Read Michigan 2020 program will feature the book, Parade of Elephants by Kevin HenkesIn this informative and interactive webinar, Storyteller and Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss featured A Parade of Elephants and then share a plethora of ideas to build a storytime for your youngest patrons using this sweet, action-filled story. (Recorded 02/20/2020)

Stepping Gently Outside of Your Comfort Zone 
In this interactive webinar, Storyteller and Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss will encourages you to step gently out of your comfort zone and create storytime programs with a new twist and some unique razz-a-ma-taz! Jen will be presenting innovative, “Out of the Box” ideas for storytime planning and model new use-right-away songs, stories and activities. (Recorded 01/21/2020)

Act It Out and Play
Every Child Ready to Read states, “Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. They learn about language through playing as the activities help them put thoughts into words and talk about what they are doing”. In this highly active webinar, Storyteller and Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss presents books that lend themselves to PLAY!

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away 
Combining her years as a science teacher and storyteller, Jenifer Strauss will help you build programs for families using the 2019 Summer Reading Theme; Space: A Universe of Stories. Jen will be sharing factual and fictional stories and songs and then demonstrating cool STEM activities for families to engage in together including some rocket launching and moon rock making!

Touch the Brightest Star: Ready to Read Michigan 2019
In 2019, the Library of Michigan Ready to Read Program will feature the book, Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson. This book is perfect for the 2019 Summer Reading Program theme; Space: A Universe of Stories. In this informative and interactive webinar, Storyteller and Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss will feature Touch the Brightest Star and then give a plethora of ideas for building a storytime for your youngest patrons using this book and the 2019 SRP theme.

Storytime is Your Time to Shine! 
The healthy brain development of children 0-6 is experience dependent. Narrative Consultant Jenifer Strauss will explain why children need a variety of stimulating and diverse activities to grow and learn. Parenting in a media-saturated society is a challenge. Youth Librarians are role models for healthy language experiences that build literacy skills in children and confidence in parents. Join Jen for this lively webinar and learn why #STORYTIMESMATTER!

Put the Book Down and Engage!
In this live webinar, narrative consultant/storyteller, Jenifer Strauss showed participants how to use storytelling to promote language, literacy and healthy brain development. Participants learned how to choose stories from favorite authors and turn them in to interactive language experiences for young children. For the handout for Put the Book Down and Engage, please message Cathy Lancaster LancasterC5@michgian.gov. (Recorded 10/24/17)

Full Body Storytime: Moving and Grooving with Stories, Songs, Rhythms and Rhymes
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. This webinar features stories, songs, play, and movement.  (Recorded 12/19/17)

**SUMMER READING
DIY Puppets and Props to Support Imagine Your Story  
“Story” is a part of a child’s first language and key to exploring and understanding their world. Imaginative play is essential to a healthy childhood and a more compassionate, fulfilling adulthood. And so, providing children opportunities for open-ended narrative play with puppets and props will not only allow them to develop social skills like sharing and cooperation, it will also help use their imagination to grow in language and literacy! In this webinar, facilitated by Storyteller and Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss, learn how to provide children with simple puppets and props from every-day household items to provide “anytime, anywhere” opportunities for narrative play. (Recorded 05/08/2020) 

Imagine Your Story: Ideas & Tips from the Library of Michigan’s Youth Services Advisory Council
[Recorded 1/7/2020]
Programming ideas and tips for the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s 2020 summer reading program, “Imagine Your Story,” are shared from your peers in the field.  Presenters: Kaelyn Christian of Georgetown Township Public Library; Anne Clark of the Bay County Library System; Liz Clauder of Bloomfield Township Library; Lindsay Fricke of the Novi Public Library;  Dena Moscheck, Bay County Library System; Monica Porter of the University of Michigan Library; Gillian Streeter of the Muskegon Area District Library; Stephanie Wambaugh of the Braille and Talking Book Library, and Cathy Lancaster, Library of Michigan.  

Meet Up & Eat Up: Summer Food Services Program.  Presenters: Cathy Lancaster, Library of Michigan and Sara Harmon, Michigan Department of Education. The Michigan Department of Education aims to feed the whole child the whole year. Join the Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Service Program Staff to learn about expanding the SFSP to your area. The webinar covers SFSP basics, requirements for sponsors who operate the SFSP, sites who provide healthy meals to children, and site activity options.  (Recorded 4.19.18)

Summer Reading Stats and Wandoo Reader with Joesph Hamlin and Kathy Kosinski, Library of Michigan.  Presentation covers Wandoo's report features and how to use the data your library collects on reading clubs using Wandoo. (Recorded Spring 2018)

***EVERY CHILD READY TO READ 
"Every Child Ready to Read Library Staff Workshop" March, 2016 with Sue McCleaf Nespeca 
"Early Literacy & Learning Spaces" April, 2016 with Sue McCleaf Nespeca  
"Storytime for Babies," July, 2016 with Sue McCleaf Nespeca 
"Early Literacy Tips for Storytime: 2's & 3's" August, 2016 with Sue McCleaf Nespeca 
"Early Literacy Tips for Storytime: Preschool" November, 2016 with Sue McCleaf Nespeca 
"Mixed Aged Storytime Tips" January, 2017 with Sue McCleaf Nespeca 
"Every Child Ready to Read Family Engagement & Kindergarten Readiness," May 2017, with Sue McCleaf Nespeca
"DAP Storytime Basics," July 2017 with Sue McCleaf Nespeca
"Working with ECE's and Volunteers for Early Literacy," October 2017 with Sue McCleaf Nespeca
"Every Child Ready to Read Initiative Wrap-up," November 2017 with Sue McCleaf Nespeca

These webinars are supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Updated 06/02/2020