‘Tis the season for outdoor programs (really?)

  • With Beth Crist, Noah Lenstra, and Maryann Mori
  • Originally aired 12/10/2020
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  • Are you running out of ideas for online programming?
  • Is your public tired of virtual events?
  • Cooped up inside, we’re missing the restorative powers of the great outdoors!

Join us for a lively, interactive session that will not only discuss the benefits of outdoor programming (yes, even in winter!), but will also share plenty of great ideas to help you embrace winter by offering new programs in your community.

Ideas to be shared include: Winter StoryWalks, Scavenger Hunts, Outdoor challenges (Who can make the best snow art?), Citizen Science, Nature Play, new collections (Snowshoes, anyone?), and more.

Throughout, we’ll highlight how outdoor winter programs can be done safely, for both
staff and patrons; and how community partnerships can lessen the load, enabling you and your staff to do more.

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Level It Up: Evaluating Beginning Readers

  • With Gigi Pagliarulo and Katie MacKendrick
  • Originally aired 10/27/2020
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  • Have you ever wondered how the heck Beginning Readers are leveled?
  • Have you ever found a Beginning Reader in your collection that just didn’t seem to match the level to which it was assigned?

The Denver Public Library has been working for the last 18 months to develop a plan to address these issues, and we want to share our work with you! At this informative, fun, hands-on workshop, you’ll become familiar with the criteria and rubric that we developed to level Beginning Readers, and you’ll walk away with copies of these tools for use in evaluating your own collections.

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How Rude! The Price of Incivility in the Workplace

Jean Marie Heilig
  • With Jean Heilig and Christine Kreger
  • Originally aired 09/15/2020
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We all want to come to work and be treated with kindness and respect. However, studies have found that 98% of us have experienced slights, insensitivities and rude behavior in our workplace. The effects of incivility can lead to a loss in staff creativity, deterioration in team spirit and may result in patrons turning away from the library. Come learn tactics staff can use to minimize the effects of rudeness on performance and well-being and strategies managers can use to keep their own behavior in check and to foster civility in others.

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Receptive to Race: Normalizing the Discussion of Race with Children in Libraries

Research shows that children notice race at a very young age, and often draw erroneous conclusions if no one speaks to them about it. With a focus on story time, programming, collection development and user services, we will discuss and model ways librarians can talk about race and racism in age appropriate ways with children.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply practical tools for discussing race with young children and their caregivers.
  2. Explore children’s services (e.g., collection development, reference, programming) through a racial equity lens.
  3. Understand how to incorporate the discussion of race as a standard early literacy practice.

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Sorry….You Just Don’t Fit into our Culture: unconscious bias in hiring decisions

Jean Marie Heilig

Are unconscious biases impacting your hiring/promotion process? These biases can cause us to make decisions in favor of one person or group to the detriment of others. Join us to learn how to recognize and eliminate bias in your library’s hiring process.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the basics of unconscious bias.
  • Learn the types of unconscious bias that may influence your hiring/ promotion decisions.
  • Leave with practical ways to reduce bias in your hiring process.

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How to Plan Classes and Presentations

If you’re standing in front of an audience with the intent to share information, having a solidly constructed plan will help ensure that you get your message across in the best possible way. Learn to set objectives and structure your class or presentation in a way that not only reaches your goals but also engages your audience and ensures they’ll really get what you’re saying and remember it after they’ve left the room. Whether you’re teaching parents about early literacy, giving a presentation to a community group or teaching seniors how to use their iPads, this method of planning will prepare you to deliver top-notch classes and presentations to audiences big and little.

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Disaster Planning and Assistance for Libraries

Fires and floods are steadily increasing across Colorado. Do you have a plan for your library collection if a disaster occurs? The Colorado Cultural and Historic Resources (CHR) Task Force is here to help. In this interactive webinar, CHR members will offer guidance on how to create and use a disaster plan, partner with first responders, and protect your collections from damage. Participants will also learn about how to use CHR’s statewide network to give or receive assistance before, during, and after disasters.

Amy ZImmer  Carl Stewart

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Serving the Underserved: tips for serving the homeless

Sometimes, community services in rural areas don’t have resources to meet growing needs. As such, libraries become the primary service provider for those experiencing homelessness in the community. In an already busy library, how can you assist with food, safety, hygiene, and social needs? Is it even your role to do so? What about mental health, opiate addiction, disruptive behaviors, and policies? In this session, learn practical tips to serve people experiencing homelessness, avoid burnout, encourage community conversations,and link patrons to available resources. Learn from one Library Director’s mistakes and successes, and discuss your libraries’ unique challenges together.

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Teen Mental Health: In their own words

  • With Beth Crist, Cameron Riesenberger, and Christine Kreger
  • Originally aired 02/20/2020
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Teen suicide is on the rise nationally, and Colorado’s statistics are higher than many other states. In this interactive session we will highlight this issue by sharing interview clips from teens who have experienced mental health issues, Colorado specific research, and we will brainstorm how libraries can be part of a larger community conversations.

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Friends with Benefits

  • With Joanna Nelson Rendón and Rebecca Philipsen
  • Originally aired 12/12/2019
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No, not those kind of benefits! Join us as we walk you through programming designed to help your teens develop their social and emotional skill set. These skills are important for future success, plus the programs that develop them have a variety of helpful side effects! We’ll talk about programming for all budgets and sizes of libraries, everything from Dungeons & Dragons to a Yo-Yo club! We’ll also show you how your summer reading program can address this issue, plus discuss how to take on reluctant admins who are hesitant to greenlight ‘just for fun’ programs.

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