There’s A Dragon In The Library: D&D For Librarians

CSL in Session Logo

Note: Unfortunately, we had some connectivity issues today where the speaker was kicked out of Adobe Connect several times. She was able to join back in each time very quickly, and the participants were fabulous and kept the conversation going in chat while she was gone!

Whether you’re the sort of person who knows the dangers of gelatinous cubes firsthand or have never touched a d20 in your life, this introduction to Dungeons & Dragons for librarians will give you the tools to start your own D&D program!

Join us to discuss the basics of building a collection of circulating D&D sourcebooks, digital tools for facilitating online gameplay, and how to run the game yourself or encourage your patrons to run games in your space.

Sadly, Cheetos and Mountain Dew will not be provided, but you will get valuable information and inspiration to help tap your library into this pop culture phenomenon!

Resources:

Learn More

Getting Past Symptoms to the Root of the Problem: Tools for Root Cause Analysis

Jane Martel

When you have a process problem to resolve, it’s important to be able to distinguish between symptoms and the problem. What’s more, to have any real hope for problem resolution, you need to be able to identify the root cause of the problem. In this interactive session, you will explore six simple tools to help you dive deeper and gather critical clues: Pareto charts, fishbone charts, is/is not analysis, scatter diagrams, problem concentration diagrams, and the five whys.

Learn More

Drive-In Storytime

Melody Alverez
  • With Melody Alvarez and Milissa Fellers
  • Originally aired 02/24/2021
  • View the Archive
  • Do you miss providing in-person storytimes?
  • Do you want to be able to provide memorable in-person programming?

Now you can! Learn how to offer Drive-In Storytimes using radio transmitters while patrons relax in the comfort of their car!

“Tune in” as we think outside the Zoom box! Come prepared to share your questions and ideas.

Resources:

  • Session Slides (PDF)
  • PPLD Equipment Used (PDF)
  • Where to get large books
    • Scholastic
    • Lakeshore has big books, but not really any new books, just the ‘classics’
    • Ingram
    • Penworthy
    • The Book Farm
  • Great books, rhymes and songs (PDF)
  • What if you don’t have a parking lot
    • Partner with a local mall/store/park to use their lot
    • Grassy area
    • Local schools
    • Community center
    • Church
  • Other Program Ideas
    • Scary stories at night
    • Could you also use it for a movie?
    • Drive in movies
    • Concerts
    • Haunted house
    • Scavenger Hunt
    • Parking Lot Dance Part
    • Trivia

Milissa Fellers

 

Learn More

Executive Function: Building Core Capabilities for Life

Lisa Dengerink

What is executive function and why is it important? Come learn how to
help children build executive function skills and why these skills are crucial to success
for children and adults. We will go through all areas of executive function, determine
what might work for different ages and practice a little ourselves.

Resources:

Learn More

‘Tis the season for outdoor programs (really?)

  • With Beth Crist, Noah Lenstra, and Maryann Mori
  • Originally aired 12/10/2020
  • View the Archive
  • 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.

Resources:

Learn More

Level It Up: Evaluating Beginning Readers

  • With Gigi Pagliarulo and Katie MacKendrick
  • Originally aired 10/27/2020
  • View the Archive
  • 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.

Resources:

Learn More

How Rude! The Price of Incivility in the Workplace

Jean Marie Heilig
  • With Jean Heilig and Christine Kreger
  • Originally aired 09/15/2020
  • View the Archive

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.

Resources

Learn More

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.

Resources:

Learn More

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.

Resources

Learn More