CATS Fall Meeting Update…

Unfortunately the CATS Fall Meeting this Friday in Gilpin County is cancelled  but mark your calendars for CATS Winter Workshop in Colorado Springs on January 29th 2018!

CATS Fall Meeting is in 11 Days….Are you registered?

CATS Fall Meeting is Friday, August 18th from 10-3pm at Gilpin Public Library 15131 CO-119, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Registration is free at http://www.cal-webs.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=987853.

Can’t make it in person? Join us virtually at https://enetlearning.adobeconnect.com/youth-family-services/ Also the Group Sharing Portion will be archived and a link we will available the following week.

10-10:15 Introductions

10:15 – 11 – What Teen Volunteers Can Do For Your Library – by Resa Mai (Clearview Library District)

Learn how to get and give the most from your teen volunteers.  Understand what they need from us, what we can expect from them, and how to balance all of our expectations. You will leave armed with the tools to ensure an effective volunteer program,  a sample application, agreement, and evaluation.

11 – 11:45 – All About Gilpin County Public Library– by Director Michael Carlson

Have you ever wondered what the small mountain town library of Gilpin is up to? Find out directly from their librarians! Hear how the library remains vital to the Black Hawk community amongst rapid changes, including what services they provide and their plans for the future.

11:45 – 12:30 – News from CAL – A presentation from president Elect Carol E. Smith.

Hear from our upcoming CAL President about what she has planned for next year and how you can play a part in the future of CAL.  Bring your ideas for the future of CAL to share as well!  And, remember to renew your CAL membership. Support this organization that is always striving to build a better Colorado for all of the librarians who work in our beautiful state.

12:30 – 1:45pm – Lunch

2-3pm –  Group Sharing Q&A’s
Have questions about teen or children’s programming and services? Ask your fellow librarians! We’ll close the meeting out with a group Q&A session.

Hope to see you all there!

CATS Fall Meeting is Fast Approaching August 18th

CATS Fall Meeting is Friday, August 18th from 10-3pm at Gilpin Public Library 15131 CO-119, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Can’t make it in person? Join us virtually at https://enetlearning.adobeconnect.com/youth-family-services/ Also the Group Sharing Portion will be archived and a link we will available the following week. Registration is free http://www.cal-webs.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=987853.

10-10:15 Introductions

10:15 – 11 – What Teen Volunteers Can Do For Your Library – by Resa Mai (Clearview Library District)

Learn how to get and give the most from your teen volunteers.  Understand what they need from us, what we can expect from them, and how to balance all of our expectations. You will leave armed with the tools to ensure an effective volunteer program,  a sample application, agreement, and evaluation.

11 – 11:45 – All About Gilpin County Public Library– by Director Michael Carlson

Have you ever wondered what the small mountain town library of Gilpin is up to? Find out directly from their librarians! Hear how the library remains vital to the Black Hawk community amongst rapid changes, including what services they provide and their plans for the future.

11:45 – 12:30 – News from CAL – A presentation from president Elect Carol E. Smith.

Hear from our upcoming CAL President about what she has planned for next year and how you can play a part in the future of CAL.  Bring your ideas for the future of CAL to share as well!  And, remember to renew your CAL membership. Support this organization that is always striving to build a better Colorado for all of the librarians who work in our beautiful state.

12:30 – 1:45pm – Lunch

2-3pm –  Group Sharing Q&A’s
Have questions about teen or children’s programming and services? Ask your fellow librarians! We’ll close the meeting out with a group Q&A session.

Hope to see you all there!

CATS Fall Meeting Coming Soon

CATS Fall Meeting
Friday August 18th 2017 10-3
At Gilpin Public Library
Registration is free at http://www.cal-webs.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=987853

10-10:15 Introductions

10:15 – 11 – What Teen Volunteers Can Do For Your Library – by Resa Mai (Clearview Library District)

11 – 11:45 – All About Gilpin Public Library – by Director Michael Carlson and staff of GPL

11:45 – 12:30 – The History of Gilpin – A Gilpin Historical Society presentation + news from CAL – A short presentation from President Elect Carol E. Smith

12:30 – 1:45pm – Lunch

2-3pm – Group Sharing Q&A’s

Hope to see you there!

CATS Division Spring Meeting in Durango Recap

The CATS Division Spring Meeting at the Durango Public Library turned out to be a fun, informative, and successful day!

We learned about how the Common Grounds Café got started and how the school district became involved.  We were even treated to some of the yummy pastries courtesy of the library and café!  They were delicious!

We then had an engaging presentation from the head coach of the US Youth Climbing Team headquartered in Durango as well as one of the team members.  They both gave very engaging and entertaining presentations about what it means to be and have a mentor.

Then on to lunch!  Many of us took a walk along the river trail to explore the beautiful spot the library is located in and enjoy food at the local eateries.

When we returned to the library we were treated to a tour of the Durango Botanic Gardens.  There was also time for us to network and chat about great programming ideas, challenges at our libraries, and swap some craft supplies.

Our day ended with a workshop to help us learn and brainstorm how to serve our EL patrons more efficiently.

All in all it was a great day!  (Some of us got sunburned on the way to lunch and back though…)

Thank you to everyone who helped out with the day and everyone who attended as well – it was a great experience!

April Has Arrived…Don’t Forget to Register for CATS Spring Meeting

You can register here for the CATS 2017 Spring Meeting! This meeting is free to attend; we just ask that you register. Join us Friday, April 14, 2017 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at Durango Public Library in Durango, CO.

9:30 am –10:00 am Coffee and Light Breakfast

Arrive early so you can network with colleagues and get settled in for a fun and informative day!

10:00 am -10:15 am Welcome and Introductions

Meet the board members of the CATS Division and connect with your fellow Western Slope colleagues. Hear about what the year has in store for us.

10:15 am -10:45 am Common Grounds Café

Durango Public Library Director Sandy Irwin and Durango School District 9-R’s Pathways to Independence Program Coordinator Devon Parson will tell us how the library’s collaboration with the school district began and how it all works together to bring coffee and pastries to library patrons and Durango community members while providing essential life skills for 9-R’s students.

10:45 am -11:45 pm Librarians as Mentors and Role Models

Discuss what it takes to be role models and mentors for our youth today. Learn best practices and hear some inspiring stories from local climbing legend Marcus Garcia, coach of the Durango-based national youth climbing team, Team Durango; an accomplished professional climber in his own right; and owner of The Rock Lounge. We might even be lucky enough to hear what it means from the mentee point of view as well!

11:45 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch on your own

Break up into two groups for Garden Tours, Idea Sharing, and a Craft Supply Swap.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Group 1: Take a docent-led tour of the Durango Botanic Garden. Group 2: Spend some time sharing ideas and swapping craft supplies.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Group 1: Spend some time sharing ideas and swapping craft supplies. Group 2: Take a docent-led tour of the Durango Botanic Garden.

3:00 pm – 4:00pm How to Support English Learner (EL) Patrons in Your Community

Kelly von Stroh, Animas Valley Elementary ELL Teacher, and Libby Baumchen, Durango Adult Education Center ESL/Volunteer Program Coordinator, will walk us through the steps we need to take and important things we should consider when serving our EL patrons. Be prepared to walk away with a plan for serving your EL patrons in new ways that will help your community and make the library a special place for everyone!

4:00 pm Adjourn

Hope to see you all there!

CATS Division 2017 Spring Meeting

Registration is now open, click hereThis meeting is free to attend, we just ask that you register. Join us Friday, April 14, 2017 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at Durango Public Library in Durango, CO.

 
9:30 am –10:00 am Coffee and Light Breakfast
Arrive early so you can network with colleagues and get settled in for a fun and informative day!
 
10:00 am -10:15 am Welcome and Introductions
Meet the board members of the CATS Division and connect with your fellow Western Slope colleagues. Hear about what the year has in store for us.
 
10:15 am -10:45 am Common Grounds Café
Durango Public Library Director Sandy Irwin and Durango School District 9-R’s Pathways to Independence Program Coordinator Devon Parson will tell us how the library’s collaboration with the school district began and how it all works together to bring coffee and pastries to library patrons and Durango community members while providing essential life skills for 9-R’s students.
 
10:45 am -11:45 pm Librarians as Mentors and Role Models
Discuss what it takes to be role models and mentors for our youth today. Learn best practices and hear some inspiring stories from local climbing legend Marcus Garcia, coach of the Durango-based national youth climbing team, Team Durango; an accomplished professional climber in his own right; and owner of The Rock Lounge. We might even be lucky enough to hear what it means from the mentee point of view as well!
 
11:45 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch on your own
 
Break up into two groups for Garden Tours, Idea Sharing, and a Craft Supply Swap.
 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Group 1: Take a docent-led tour of the Durango Botanic Garden. Group 2: Spend some time sharing ideas and swapping craft supplies.
 
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Group 1: Spend some time sharing ideas and swapping craft supplies. Group 2: Take a docent-led tour of the Durango Botanic Garden.
 
3:00 pm – 4:00pm How to Support English Learner (EL) Patrons in Your Community
Kelly von Stroh, Animas Valley Elementary ELL Teacher, and Libby Baumchen, Durango Adult Education Center ESL/Volunteer Program Coordinator, will walk us through the steps we need to take and important things we should consider when serving our EL patrons. Be prepared to walk away with a plan for serving your EL patrons in new ways that will help your community and make the library a special place for everyone!
4:00 pm Adjourn
Hope to see you all there!

Response from Scholarship Recipient Jessica Fredrickson

Hello!  My name is Jessica Fredrickson.  I currently work part-time for Jefferson County Public Library while attending Emporia State University’s SLIM program.

You could say I have a rocky relationship with science.

It started back in kindergarten, when I was that kid who ate the salt crystal experiment.  In high school I was kicked out of biology for writing “Kiss the Dissector” on a lab apron and playing jump rope with pig intestines.  I took physics purely for the field trip to Elitch’s at the end of the semester.  You get the idea.

So when the call came for volunteers to take up STEAM programming at my library this year, I stepped forward a bit apprehensively.  Luckily for me, STEAM was a hot topic at the CATS Winter Workshop!  I attended two fabulous sessions on the subject.  The first was led by my fellow classmate Cydney Clink and recent ESU graduate Brittany Raines, both of whom are taking their High Plains Library community by a STEM storm.  Cydney shared helpful advice for building community partnerships, including:

  • Keep the conversations open and ongoing.
  • Be clear about mutual obligations.
  • Carefully consider the amount of preparation and time out your staff will be spending.
  • Once you start, the word will spread… so be strategic!

Brittany took us through the essential elements of a STEM program and provided several helpful suggestions and ideas.  I will always test my programs ahead of time and prepare materials for 10% more of my anticipated audience!  Best of all, we got to build our own balloon cars and slingshot rockets.  Talk about takeaways!

Another one of my classmates was kind enough to sacrifice her lunch break to show the gang of ESU SLIM students around the amazing Library 21c.  Here we are learning about the Maker in Residence Program…

maker-image

After the impromptu tour and delicious lunch, it was time to sit down with STEAM again.  Kayci Barnett and Sharon Rice shared more tips for collaborating with your community and some wonderful resources for getting started with STEAM, including howtosmile.org.  We got to play with bottle rockets, Google Cardboard and more.  Most of all, I learned that STEAM programming is not about crafts, it’s not expensive… and it’s not scary!  “Remove the fear of failure,” they said.  “A non-reaction is still a result!”

Thanks to the amazing presenters and those who made my scholarship possible, I feel much more confident and prepared to help with STEAM programming this year.  I feel inspired!  The best part of CATS was connecting with youth service professionals all across the state.  As always, I am humbled by the work you do and the creative ways you find to serve your communities.

See you again next year!

The opinions expressed here are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

Response from Scholarship Recipient Lisa Gills

It was an incredible day spent at the CATS Winter Workshop and I am very grateful to have attended as a scholarship recipient.  Thank you!!

I found the presentations engaging and thought-provoking.  While I enjoyed many of them, the three presentations that had the most impact for me were the following: 1) Fun is the Final Product.  It was important for me to learn the research behind the importance of process art versus product art for young children.  I occasionally include a craft during my story time and had gravitated toward product art in the past.  I now intend to add elements of both in my future planning. 2) Technology, Our Kids, Our Libraries offered well thought out tips and documented information on the need for those of us working in libraries to serve as media mentors, helping to support parents of children in their individual media practice decisions. It went well beyond just this topic and was very well prepared.  I liked that the two presenters were from different libraries and offered supportive information but exercised in different library settings. 3) Everything You Wanted to Know About Beginning Readers but Were Afraid to Ask: I wasn’t afraid to ask but I never imagined getting so much valuable information in such a short time as I received through this wonderful presentation.

I left with many new ideas and suggestions to pass on to my co-workers at the Lafayette Public Library.  It was even more meaningful for me to attend with my co-worker Dominique as we shared the excitement and discussed creative ideas from the day.  In addition to enjoying ourselves at the beautiful Library 21C, we often attended different presentations and then shared what we learned.  A great day!

Lisa Gills, Lafayette Public Library

Response from Scholarship Recipient Rachel Salazar

Being able to come together with colleges and fellow librarians is always a great way to finalizing thoughts or start new ones. Never visiting Library 21c, I was blown away by how beautiful the architecture and atmosphere was. Since the setting was right, we were able to start our day off good. I enjoyed the overall day, but one particular session stood out to me was Teen Librarian-ing for Introverts. My location has a lot of teens, and sometimes they can be difficult to deal with. Whitney Walker from High Plains Library District is an introvert herself. She broke down how an introvert handles situations, and how they need to re-energized. Walker opened my eyes to the reasoning for the types of behavior that I typically see with teens and how to handle the situation appropriately. She also recommended great program ideas for your location is you have a lot of introverted teens, or if you are an introvert how to deal with teens. I am an extrovert, and sometimes it is hard for me to think twice about what an introvert is dealing with.

Thank you,

Rachel Salazar