Have an Awesome Presentation Idea? Be a Presenter at the CATS Winter Workshop in January!

The CATS Division Winter Workshop is coming, and we’re sending out the cat signal for fabulous presenters!
The 2018 Winter Workshop will be held on Monday, January 29th from 9:30-3:30 at Library 21C 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920.
Workshop sessions will be 45 minutes in length.
There will be no monetary compensation. However, presenters will be able to attend the conference free of charge, with lunch included. (2 presenters for any panel sessions will receive the complimentary registration and lunch.)
Please send the title of your proposal, a brief description, and the names of any presenters and co-presenters to Brittany Dolezal at brittany@clearviewlibrary.org.
Workshop sessions will be 45 minutes in length.
There will be no monetary compensation. However, presenters will be able to attend the conference free of charge, with lunch included. (2 presenters for any panel sessions will receive the complimentary registration and lunch.)
Please send the title of your proposal, a brief description, and the names of any presenters and co-presenters to Brittany Dolezal at brittany@clearviewlibrary.org.
The deadline to submit your proposal is midnight on October 14th, so don’t delay!
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CATS Division Winter Workshop Call for Presenters!

The CATS Division Winter Workshop is coming, and we’re sending out the cat signal for fabulous presenters!
The 2018 Winter Workshop will be held on Monday, January 29th from 9:30-3:30 at Library 21C 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920.
Workshop sessions will be 45 minutes in length.
There will be no monetary compensation. However, presenters will be able to attend the conference free of charge, with lunch included. (2 presenters for any panel sessions will receive the complimentary registration and lunch.)
Please send the title of your proposal, a brief description, and the names of any presenters and co-presenters to Brittany Dolezal at brittany@clearviewlibrary.org.
The deadline to submit your proposal is midnight on October 14th, so don’t delay!

Call for CATS Board Positions for 2018

It’s time to create our slate of officers for CAL Leadership!
 
Represent your division on the CAL board and give back to your fellow children and teen librarians while growing your skills and network. The positions up for election are Secretary, Member-at-Large, and Chair-Elect. (If you have any questions about the positions please email Nicole Burchfield at the email address below.)
 
If you know someone who you think would fit into one of these positions well, please encourage them to apply, and, of course, if you are interested we would love to hear from you as well.
 
Send your name, position, photo, a brief bio, and which office you are interested in to Nicole Burchfield –nburchfield@poudrelibraries.org. (All nominees must be a member of CAL.)
 
Get on board for a wonderful new year ahead!

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!