Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Collection Development for K-3rd Graders

Amy Forrester
  • With Amy Forrester & Sarah Dutelle
  • Originally aired 09/24/2019
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Part 3 of a 4 part series about services designed for kids K – 3.

Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. Selecting, cataloging, and shelving books for developing readers presents a number of unique challenges. We’ll talk about ways DPL has evaluated and enhanced their collection to make developing reader titles more accessible. Information on DPL’s recent diversity audit will be shared.

Session Slides with notes (PDF)

Missed the first 2 parts of this series? View the archives listed below!


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Playing Well with Others – At Work

Sharon Morris

Note: Unfortunately, the recording of this session is unavailable. We wound up with hold music playing through the session (operator error). We may try to offer the session again in the future to capture an archive.

We all know that children learn through play, but what about adults? Research shows that when humans, at any age, play, they learn and grow into healthy, happy, well-functioning individuals. Find out more about the research on play, identify your play style as well as others, and imagine ways to add more play into your work. Perhaps counter-intuitively, your habits of embedding playful work techniques into your day can lead to greater creativity, productivity, and resilience in you and your library. And knowing others’ play styles will help build better teams, collaborative work, and enjoyable work culture.


Resource List (PDF)


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Danger in the Comfort Zone: How to change when change isn’t coming naturally

Jean Marie Heilig

Rationally we know that change is imminent and to stay relevant we must adapt quickly, but emotionally we want to stay in our “comfort zone.”  In this session you will learn how to change when change doesn’t come naturally by mastering new habits and skills.  After all, for things to change, somebody has to start acting differently. Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s your team.

Note: There are 3 videos we used in this session that do not play in the archive. You can watch the videos on your own by clicking the links below. The links are also available from the slides in Adobe Connect.


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2020 Census + Libraries = Complete Count in Colorado

Sara Wright
  • With Adam Bickford and Sara Wright
  • Originally aired 07/18/2019
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Libraries will play a crucial role in getting a complete count for the 2020 Census.  Join us and Adam Bickford from the Colorado State Demography Office as we discuss this critical role for libraries, outline the  implementation plans for the 2020 Census and demonstrate demography data resources you can start using right now.


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CSL Resource Kits: What’s In Them For You!

Kieran Hixon

The Colorado State Library Resource Kits are bundled tools and materials that enable you to provide exciting programs to engage with your community in new and interesting ways.

Join us as we discuss how to take advantage of the ‘Let’s talk about it!: CSL Big Red Resource Kits’ kits in order to gain awareness of social issues facing our communities, hold community conversations, and how to work with identified under-served patrons more successfully.


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Welcoming Transgender Customers at Your Library

  • With Adrian Johnson and Bec Czarnecki
  • Originally aired 06/11/2019
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As rights for transgender people continue to be debated, at the library we welcome the youth, adults, and colleagues who are in our communities. Join us to learn how to provide excellent internal and external customer service to transgender individuals at your library. This session will help participants re-frame ideas around gender, give them best practices for serving trans customers, and end with developing strategies to make their libraries trans-inclusive.


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The 2 Generation Approach to Eliminating Poverty

  • With Beth Crist and Becki Loughlin
  • Originally aired 05/07/2019
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What is the 2Gen approach? You’re probably already doing it! The 2Gen approach is a method that helps families escape the cycle of poverty by intentionally serving children and their parents or adult caregivers together. Join us to brainstorm about how to support all members of the family and learn new ways to fight poverty in your community through library programs and services. Discover how you can expand and implement 2Gen more proactively. Explore examples from High Plains Library District and other Colorado communities and share your own examples and ideas for partnerships and programs from your own community.


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Helping Patrons With Legal Questions: Part 3: Researching Federal Laws and Secondary Sources

This is the third and final webinar in the Helping Patrons With Legal Questions series presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library.

In this session, attendees will learn about researching federal laws and secondary sources. This will include an overview about federal laws and information about where to find federal statutes. The session will also provide attendees with a basic overview of the various types of secondary sources and why they are useful.

Part 1: Legal Research Basics

Part 2: Researching State and Local Laws

Session Slides (PDF)

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Collaborating with Local Health Organizations to Address Health Disparities in your Community

Maggie Shawcross

We now accept that our race and socioeconomic status affects our health. Recognizing these indirect factors is the first step in addressing and promoting health to the patrons we serve. In this presentation participants will learn about the factors that affect health, as well as local health resources that libraries can access to provide free or low-cost health programming. Lastly, we will discuss online health resources, other than Google, that are available to help connect patrons to reliable health information that will help them achieve their full health potential.


Health Resources (PDF)

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Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 2: Researching State and Local Laws

This is the second webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library. It will address aspects of researching state and local laws. In this session, attendees will learn free and low-cost resources for Colorado state and local legal research. This will include locating statutes, regulations, case law, court forms, corporate filings, and secondary sources.   This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these resources and facilitate a discussion of when to direct patrons to a law library or attorney for additional help.

Session three will delve more into where to locate federal resources, and is scheduled for April 25, 2019.

Part 1: Legal Research Basics

Part 3: Researching Federal Laws and Secondary Sources

Resources: We have listed primarily free resources here. Additional resources your library may have access to are shared in the presentation

Free access to statutes

Additional statute resources

State Cases – Free Resources

Researching current cases (docket research)

Court Rules

Court Forms

Municipal Codes – Free Online

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