Thursday, March 30, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Collaborations, Conversations and Costumed Characters: Creating Successful Early Literacy Partnerships
The hows and whys of creating an early literacy coalition that develops connections, provides early literacy programs, and supports cross-promotion. Discover the benefits of networking with regional early childhood agencies, beyond your immediate community.
Cathy Lancaster, Library of Michigan; Becky LeBoeuf, Delta Township District Library; Thais Rousseau, Capital Area District Libraries; Ronda Rucker, Eaton County Great Start Collaborative

Get Your Geek On: Collaborating to Plan a Multi-Library Comicon
Geek Fest 2016, hosted by five collaborating libraries, brought together people from across two neighboring counties to celebrate all things geek. Come learn how to plan your own free, family-friendly comicon-style event. We'll show you how to find cool, interesting presenters, how to advertise to the geeks out there, and how to finance your event.
Hillary Berry, Paw Paw District Library; Jessica Enget, Portage District Library; Stewart Fritz, Kalamazoo Public Library; Andrea Vernola, Kalamazoo Public Library

Shelf Ready STEAM Kits on Any Budget
Due to the rising popularity of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), libraries are working to increase awareness and interest in hands-on learning through programming. Due to time constraints, these programs can provide structured learning that sometimes limits an individual’s ability to explore their creativity and imagination. STEAM Kits allow children to learn through trial and error experiments at their own pace. We will discuss how to determine which materials to purchase depending on your budget, best items to include in your STEAM Kits, and preparing the kits to be shelf-ready.
Erin Durrett, Flint Public Library; Lindsay Fricke, Novi Public Library

Let’s Chat:  Serving People with Mental Illness @ Your Library

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, “1 in 5 children, ages 13-18, have or will have a serious mental illness where symptoms arise at or before the age of 14.”  Nearly 50% of diagnosed youth with mental health illnesses aged 8-15 won’t receive mental health services they desperately need.  Youth and teen librarians are faced with daily interactions with young people of diverse backgrounds and many times we are ill equipped to recognize, respond or provide resources to those in need of mental health information.  Join the conversation… How can you and your library help those struggling? What kind of training can assist library staff and what resources are out there?
Facilitator: Cyndi Lieske, Behavioral Health Clinician, Easterseals Michigan, LLMSW, QMHP

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

School Outreach on a Shoestring and Beyond
Would you like to do more with your public school district? Have you tried to reach out and been rebuffed? Are you trying to do this on a shoestring budget? As a library in a rural-ish community, we have some suggestions on how to build an outreach program and a relationship with your public schools, from the ground up. Learn how we began a relationship and built programs such as Battle of the Books, Booktalks, Book Clubs and more, and hopefully you will be able to use some of these ideas in your own libraries.
Tracy Bedford, Clarkston Independence District Library; Erin Holmes, Clarkston Independence District Library

Uke Can Make Music
Looking to jazz up your storytime?  Want to add a live music element to a children’s/family program but don’t yet play an instrument?  Look no further!  Many children’s songs can be played with only a few chords and you can learn to play them on a ukulele.  Get an introduction to playing the ukulele and learn how to personalize simple songs to enhance your programs.  No previous experience necessary.  This is a hands-on class; ukes will be available for you to try.  You can be playing songs within minutes!  This session is limited to 30 people – arrive early to get a seat.
Evie Boss

Using Design Thinking to Create a Teen Services Vision
Presenters will share the basics of the Design Thinking methodology and explain how they used it to develop a strong Teen Vision Statement as well as a meaningful and relevant set of values to share with their teen patrons.
Brad Bachelor, Canton Public Library; Jack Visnaw, Canton Public Library; Nichole Welz, Canton Public Library

Let’s Chat:  Makerspace Idea Swap
Session Handouts available here.
Each makerspace uniquely mirrors its community and patrons, but we’re all looking for new ideas to enhance what we are doing. Bring your stories of successful maker programs and initiatives and share them with the rest of us! While we keep your hands busy with some low-cost creative activities, we’ll swap ideas for successful maker programs, partnerships, and initiatives. Bring your stories (or even handouts) to share!
Facilitators: Kristin Fontichiaro, University of Michigan School of Information; Ben Rearick, University of Michigan School of Information; Stephanie Reinhardt, Houghton Lake Public Library; Kamya Sarma, University of Michigan School of Information


Friday, March 31, 2017

10:10 – 11:10 a.m.

Rants and Raves:  2016's Most Noteworthy Books
The greatest (and a few not-so-great) picture books, chapter books and young adult books we read for the Mitten, YouPer and Thumbs Up! Award work groups in 2016.
Stewart Fritz, Kalamazoo Public Library; Whitney Hagen, Paw Paw District Library; Amy Nolan, St. Joseph City Library

Teen Programs in a Box
Pressed for time? Need an activity for a last-minute outreach program? Learn how creating a collection of teen programs in a “box” can make your planning and organizational life easier and your overall teen services more effective. Engage more teens with less time spent prepping for programs. You can learn to design high-impact and easily transportable programs on any topic, using readily available materials. Programs in a box can be run by library staff or self-directed. Attendees will leave with supply lists and instructions for 20 teen programs in a box. Attendees will work together in groups to share problems and solutions for efficient, effective programming with tweens and teens.
Jill Lansky, Kalamazoo Public Library; Andrea Vernola, Kalamazoo Public Library

Yes, Even in My City: Disaster Planning for Youth Services
We've all heard 'not in my city' as an excuse to evade library disaster planning. However, with rising social tensions and natural disasters public librarians everywhere would be remiss to plan only for our physical collections during disaster. Communities of all ages flock to libraries in times of disaster and we must be prepared. Of special interest are our youth patrons, those still in developmental stages that need a calm and structured place. This session will go over the basics of community-inclusive disaster planning for youth services, allowing time for attendees to create plans for their libraries/branches.
Grace Morris, University of Washington

Let’s Chat:  Mentor in a Minute
Don’t have time to be in the formal MLA Mentor Program, but still wish you had that platform to bounce ideas off another library professional? Are you looking to advance your career, but don’t know how?  Are you a new library professional stepping foot into the library for the first time and just need that support factor? 
Come talk with past and present mentors and mentees of the MLA Mentor Program and learn how their relationships helped in their professional journey.  Find out how mentoring programs can assist you in reaching your goals and how it can provide you the platform and support to reach them. Bring your queries, bring your experience and be ready to be mentored in a minute!

Facilitators: Rachel Ash, Michigan Library Association, Liz Clauder, Bloomfield Township Public Library; Rebecca Higgerson, Brandon Township Public Library; Dena Moschek, Lapeer District Library; Cathy Russ, Troy Public Library

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Black and White and Read All Over: How to Create Programs Around Diverse Books
The ‘We Need Diverse Books’ movement is more important now than ever before. While it can be quite easy to find diverse books, it is a lot harder to find practical ways to use these books in library programs. This presentation will focus on real-world ways in which librarians can use the wealth of diverse books available today to build programming that will spark thought and discussion amongst their library patrons.
Emily Hudak, Troy Public Library; Amy Young, Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Brookie Says: Dive into your K-12 Market with MeL!
MeL Teachers has had a redesign and Brookie, the MeL Kids' Mascot wants you to learn about the resources available in MeL that can be used to train K-12 staff; resources include workbooks, presentation slides, info sheets, videos, classroom materials and more. The second half of the presentation will highlight key tips and tricks to help you engage and serve your local K-12 community.
Cathy Lancaster, Library of Michigan; Christine Schneider, Library of Michigan

LapTime to StoryTime – Part 1
What! Sing and dance with library patrons? As libraries become community centers, this may become part of your job description. You can do it. Music can be your best friend. A simple song can help slow things down and enhance your program with new elements and dimension.
Part one will cover ideas for babies zero to three.  Baby lap time has become a popular staple at many libraries. Music impacts all developmental domains and nurtures relationships. Sample activities for the babies that include finger plays, lap & leg bounces, massage, moving with Mozart, waltzing, sheet rides, folk dance, tapping, shaking instruments, rocking to lullabies, sharing hugs, laughter and more.
Gari Stein, Music For Little Folks

Let’s Chat:  Summer Learning
Is Summer Reading planning getting you down? Are you tired of all the same old reading logs and trinket prizes? Let’s chat about incorporating 21st Century Skill Building into our summer programs, and turning Summer Reading into Summer Learning! This framework was developed to help young people succeed with a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits and character traits. We will be discussing best practices for combating summer slide and invigorating summer programs with creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. This is a chance to brainstorm and get peer input on programs and ideas for your library.
Facilitator:  Thais Rousseau, Capital Area District Libraries; Laura Wright, Portage District Library


2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Get Noticed: No-Cost Tools to Promote Your Programs
Get Noticed is an interactive workshop that provides schools, libraries and community organizations with no- and low-cost tools (from social media to free press release distribution) to promote their programs and initiatives to participants, parents and the public. Learn strategies and tactics to help your program stand out and get noticed (by the media and other stakeholders) on a shoestring budget.
Rasheda Kamaria Williams, Empowered Flower Girl

LapTime to StoryTime – Part 2
Learn simple strategies and activities for 3-5s, help capture attention for transitions and circle time and engage grown-ups too! Support learning, listening, literacy, creativity and stimulate imaginations through music, movement, Mother Goose and literature. Toe tapping activities, books to sing and lots of ideas for story time as well as seasonal family Sing & Dance-A-longs will fill the hour.
Gari Stein, Music For Little Folks

Making Space for Makerspace
This program is designed for children and youth librarians interested in developing a Makerspace in their libraries. Amy Churchill and Beth Hale of Zauel Library (Public Libraries of Saginaw) will share how they transformed two storage closets into exciting Makerspaces, and will offer practical advice for making any library space into a Makerspace. The program will be divided into four topic areas: 1) Making Space in your Vision: thinking about Makerspace, 2) Making Space in your Building: transforming space into Makerspace, 3) Making Space in your Budget: paying for Makerspace, and 4) Making Space for Growth: expanding your Makerspace.
Amy Churchill, Public Libraries of Saginaw; Beth Hale, Public Libraries of Saginaw

Let’s Chat:  Social Justice
In August of 2016, the Kalamazoo Public Library adopted a Social Justice Resolution recommitting "itself to address equal justice under the law, racial justice and institutional racism, social-economic divisions in our community and human dignity for all through our programs, services, policies, practices and the empowerment of staff to serve our community with these values as priorities." Come learn from members of KPL's Anti-Racism Transformation Team, consisting of both youth and adult services library staff and community members, about their commitment to making their library a safe space for all patrons, as well as their plans to connect with their community as a whole. Bring your questions about committing to social justice in your library, share your experiences with creating a welcoming environment for all patrons, and learn how your library plays a vital part in ending discrimination.  
Facilitators:  Bill Caskey, Caitlin Hoag, Brenda Hughes, Jermaine Jackson, Judi Rambow; Kalamazoo Public Library