Programs

Thursday, March 27, 2014

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

After Halo: Programming that Tween and Teen Boys Will Attend
Have you noticed all those tween and teen boys in your area just standing around or causing trouble? Ever wanted to rope them in to your programs? Find out how to provide programming they will attend and keep them coming back for more.
Kristina Reynolds, Portland District Library

Encouraging Literacy in Children: How to Connect with Children and Family that are not Library Users
Public libraries are the mainstay of literacy programming in communities for all age groups, but especially young children. As such, libraries are natural partners for groups serving families and young children. Join us to discuss how to increase the reach of your early literacy programs to include underserved groups and those who just don’t think libraries have something for them. We will talk about partnerships with Head Start and Great Starts, developing relationships with private schools, inviting day care providers to the library and many more ways to bring your programs to more kids. Come find new audiences for the work you are doing with your lapsit programs, Summer Reading and more! This will be a panel discussion with practitioners from schools and social service groups.
Rachael Birgy, Kalkaska County Library

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Musical Mayhem
Ready to stretch your legs after sitting through Spring Institute sessions? Join us for action songs, finger rhymes and games that introduce our youngest patrons to the pleasures of the library. Material is geared for ages 3-6, and we will learn how to pace a program for this age, as well as have fun ourselves and let off some steam!
Linda Mohler, Livonia Public Library

Teen Books on a Budget
Too many teen book reviews to read? Not enough money to buy them all? Hillary Berry and Brandon Bowman, both members of the MLA Thumbs Up! Award work group, will help you narrow down the most recent “must have” titles for teens. Come learn about current trends and leave with a list of the top twenty-five teen books your teen patrons will love!
Hillary Berry, Paw Paw District Library, Brandon Bowman, Chesterfield Township Library

Summer Reading Online: Enhance Your Summer Reading Clubs with an Interactive Online Component
The program will cover how to add an online component to enhance library summer reading programs. It will show how an online program can compliment a traditional reading program by encouraging patrons to experience a wide variety of enriching activities beyond reading. Participants will learn the steps of setting up and organizing the program including simple and affordable options to present it online. Participants will learn many examples of activities, programs and community partnerships to engage patrons of all ages and how to include early literacy components into the program. Prizes and incentives for participation will also be discussed. The online programs are scalable for larger or smaller libraries and are compatible with any library’s website. The program will show how to create an interactive experience for patrons by integrating blogs, participant comments, pictures and videos into the program. Various ways to promote and encourage participation in a new online program will also be covered.
Kip Odell, Kent District Library

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Beyond Lego Club: Practical STEM and Maker Programs You Can Use Now
It’s time to bring STEM to your kids, tweens, and teens in a big way at your library! No teaching experience required! Hands on learning in the library can be included for all ages: as a stand-alone event, as a regular storytime activity or as a station in any other program. Kids from birth – teen love the opportunity to create, to experiment, and to learn. In this session we’ll bring you maker and STEM program ideas that are practical, cost effective, and a joy to plan and present. We’ll tell you what has worked, what hasn’t and what wasn’t worth the time. You’ll leave with program ideas you can use right away, with simple materials, readily available resources, and the program plans to make it happen.
Jill Lansky, Kalamazoo Public Library, Andrea Vernola, Kalamazoo Public Library

Library Law Q&A – Part I
Dick Butler and Anne Seurynck will field library law questions from audience members. They are happy to discuss topics such as Constitutional rights, guns in the library, patron issues, millage issues, the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, library establishment issues or anything else related to libraries.
Dick Butler, Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC, Anne Seurynck, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten and More: Early Literacy Outreach
Find out how our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program was developed, along with how and why other library can and should do something similar. Also featured will be two other early literacy outreach programs provided by the Hastings Public Library and the impact these programs are having on our community.
Peggy Hemerling, Hastings Public Library

Library Law Q&A – Part II
Dick Butler and Anne Seurynck will field library law questions from audience members. They are happy to discuss topics such as Constitutional rights, guns in the library, patron issues, millage issues, the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, library establishment issues or anything else related to libraries.
Dick Butler, Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC, Anne Seurynck, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

Friday, March 28, 2014

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Engaging Teens in Literacy Programs and the Community: Summer Reading is Just the Start
Encouraging teens to stay connected in library programs, in school and in their community is an issue everywhere. Public libraries have a large role to play with their teens. From standard programming like Summer Reading, to participating in community projects with a library element, teens are much more likely to remain on track and engaged when they have supportive environments and a way to stay active with other community members. Teen librarians can help facilitate this level of engagement by working with schools and other groups that serve teens to develop programs and projects that pull teens in. We can get teens to do more than the reading log and keep teens participating!
Rhonda Butler and Kristine Swanson, Public Libraries of Saginaw

Guerrilla Storytime
What do you do when a kid is screaming in storytime? How about when a parent answers her cell phone mid-story? Are you ready to sing your favorite “Five Little ….” song for the crowd? Join us as we tackle these problems and more at Guerrilla Storytime! We will introduce the training and advocacy potential of Guerrilla Storytime and the Storytime Underground before sharing storytime tips and tricks, then we’ll open the floor with some great challenges for you to try. Whether you want to show off your storytime skills, have questions you need answered, or just want to meet storytime colleagues and learn new techniques, all are welcome!
Anne Clark, Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library, Bay City, Megan Goedge, Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library, Imlay City, Lisa Mulvenna, Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Early Brain Development
This session will give an overview of early brain development and how that affects a child’s growth and learning. By explaining what occurs in the first year of life, as well as the first 5 years, this session will invite you to a stronger understanding of children as it relates to their emergent literacy and executive function.
Sally Keller, Noah’s Ark Preschool Director, Stephen Williams, Retired Neuroscientist

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Maker Spaces – Kid Style!
Have you heard the hype about maker spaces for teens and adults? Wondering what these spaces are, and how you can create one for your younger patrons? Libraries are a great place to create opportunities for children to explore and experiment! Learn how to bring STREAM into your library—that’s Science, Technology, READING, Engineering, Art, and Math for toddlers and school-age children. Discuss maker space programs ranging from simple, low tech and inexpensive to high tech and lavishly funded! You’ll leave with enough information—and with the confidence—to start your very own STREAM program.
Rita Dunn, Kent District Library Wyoming Branch, Monica Walen, Kent District Library Wyoming Branch

K-12/Community Collaboration – Part I
Public libraries and K-12 schools are natural partners, but sometimes making that connection can be difficult. Come learn how to make connections in your local schools and understand how your programs can meet the needs of students and teachers. From promoting how your materials can meet curriculum needs to learning how your programs can coordinate with school initiatives, we can help you become a partner with your local schools. This presentation will include a brief survey of current trends in public and school libraries partnerships nationally and will cover possible roadblocks, victories, current outcomes and future goals.
Brandy Archer, Michigan Department of Education, Jessica Liddell, Grand Rapids Public Library, Jillean McCommons, Ferndale Public Library, Jennifer Preston, Novi Public Library, Karren Reish, Library of Michigan, Kristin Siegel, Kent District Library

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

iKids: Adding Tablets and Apps to Your Programs for Young Children
iPads and apps are the next big thing in public libraries and schools. Are you interested in adding technology to your programs, but don’t know how or what? At this program find out how the Clinton-Macomb Public Library has developed an iPad story time, promotes quality apps to our customers, and finds new apps for our programs. Come away from this program with some great app suggestions and best practices for adding tablets to your program line-up.
Lisa Mulvenna, Clinton-Macomb Public Library

K-12/Community Collaboration – Part II
Public libraries and K-12 schools are natural partners, but sometimes making that connection can be difficult. Come learn how to make connections in your local schools and understand how your programs can meet the needs of students and teachers. From promoting how your materials can meet curriculum needs to learning how your programs can coordinate with school initiatives, we can help you become a partner with your local schools. This presentation will include a brief survey of current trends in public and school libraries partnerships nationally and will cover possible roadblocks, victories, current outcomes and future goals.
Brandy Archer, Michigan Department of Education, Jessica Liddell, Grand Rapids Public Library, Jillean McCommons, Ferndale Public Library, Jennifer Preston, Novi Public Library, Karren Reish, Library of Michigan, Kristin Siegel