CATS Division Fall Meeting 2016 Estes Park

Did you miss the CATS Division Fall Meeting in Estes Park? Here are the notes and some handouts from the meeting…enjoy!

CATS Division Fall Meeting Notes

Manipulation – Kerry Aiken handout

Game On! Lite handout

Storytelling Through Comics handout

Last Friday we had Adam from Pop Culture Classroom (http://popcultureclassroom.org/) speak at our meeting in Estes Park. The Game On! Lite and Storytelling Through Comics handouts were also from Adam. As a follow up to our conversation he sent the following:

Many of the participants asked about legitimizing comics for parents and administrators, and I totally blanked on the following resources from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which has made great strides in researching and providing educational rationale behind reading comics.

The first link below is to general resources for librarians and educators, while the second resource is an excellent 18-page free e-book that talks about the value of comics from the perspective of how they foster literacy & reading development.

http://cbldf.org/librarian-tools/

http://cbldf.org/resources/raising-a-reader/

Update to Schedule and Reminder to Register for CATS Meeting

CATS Division Meeting Agenda

Register here

Cost: Free

Friday, August 19, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm

Estes Valley Library, Estes Park, CO

 

10:00 am         Sign in, network, and enjoy coffee and snacks!

10:10 am         Welcome and Introductions

10:20 am         The Power of Story, Carol Edwards

Stories are all around us. They are in the news, on social media and in movies as well as in books.  Do they matter? What is it about story that works?  This will be an interactive presentation that will allow us to consider the many forms that story take in our lives and in our libraries.  Come prepared to pick a favorite genre read among these choices: fantasy and SF, historical fiction, romance, suspense/thriller, traditional mystery and literary.

Carol Edwards has worked in public libraries for a number of years, always with a focus on youth services.  She is a Colorado native, attended CU-Boulder and received her MLIS from UW-Madison.  She has always been torn between toddlers and young adults when deciding who her favorite audience is. Currently working as the SPELL Project Coordinator (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries), Carol also keeps her hand in by reviewing books and attending PDK, the reader’s advisory group at DPL where she worked for eight years before attempting to retire.

11:05 am         Break

11:15 am         Pop Culture Classroom

From comics to cosplay to board games, pop culture offers countless opportunities to engage students in fun and interactive learning experiences! Join Pop Culture Classroom in this hands-on presentation to get advice, ideas, and resources to help you incorporate pop culture into your programs in order to boost student engagement and attendance. You’ll also learn how pop culture-based education can support critical skills like literacy, storytelling, art, critical thinking, community building, self expression/awareness, and much more.

Adam Kullberg, MFA, is the Education Program Manager at the Colorado-based education nonprofit, Pop Culture Classroom. He works year-round with schools, community centers, libraries, and nonprofits from across Colorado to implement pop culture-based education into new and existing programs, as well as into Pop Culture Classroom’s premier annual event, Denver Comic Con.

12:00 pm         Lunch in Estes Park

1:15 pm           Puppet Making with Kerry Aiken

Puppets allow unique ways to tell stories.  Puppets not only can be used within storytime, but as a program for school aged children and families.  Kerry will share ways she uses puppets and methods to engage children to perform a puppet show of their own.  Instruction on making a simple sock puppet will be provided.

Kerry along with her husband, Bob traveled as “Artists in the Schools throughout Colorado, Montana and Iowa back in the 80’s making puppets and performing puppet shows.  Her next career was as a Children’s Librarian in Estes Park, where for 25 years she developed a puppet repertoire for 60 different storytimes.

2 pm                Break

2:10 pm           Puppets and Props Ideas Exchange

Share successful techniques for using puppets and other props, whether it be for preschoolers at storytime or teens at an after school program.

2:45 pm           CATS Division Business Meeting and Closing

3:00 pm           Adjourn

 

CATS Division Meeting Agenda and Registration

CATS Division of CAL

CATS Division Meeting Agenda

Register here

Cost: Free

Friday, August 19, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm

Estes Valley Library, Estes Park, CO

 

10:00 am         Sign in, network, and enjoy coffee and snacks!

10:15 am         Welcome and Introductions

10:30 am         The Power of Story, Carol Edwards

Stories are all around us. They are in the news, on social media and in movies as well as in books.  Do they matter? What is it about story that works?  This will be an interactive presentation that will allow us to consider the many forms that story take in our lives and in our libraries.  Come prepared to pick a favorite genre read among these choices: fantasy and SF, historical fiction, romance, suspense/thriller, traditional mystery and literary.

Carol Edwards has worked in public libraries for a number of years, always with a focus on youth services.  She is a Colorado native, attended CU-Boulder and received her MLIS from UW-Madison.  She has always been torn between toddlers and young adults when deciding who her favorite audience is. Currently working as the SPELL Project Coordinator (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries), Carol also keeps her hand in by reviewing books and attending PDK, the reader’s advisory group at DPL where she worked for eight years before attempting to retire.

11:15 am         Break

11:30 am         Pop Culture Classroom

From comics to cosplay to board games, pop culture offers countless opportunities to engage students in fun and interactive learning experiences! Join Pop Culture Classroom in this hands-on presentation to get advice, ideas, and resources to help you incorporate pop culture into your programs in order to boost student engagement and attendance. You’ll also learn how pop culture-based education can support critical skills like literacy, storytelling, art, critical thinking, community building, self expression/awareness, and much more.

Adam Kullberg, MFA, is the Education Program Manager at the Colorado-based education nonprofit, Pop Culture Classroom. He works year-round with schools, community centers, libraries, and nonprofits from across Colorado to implement pop culture-based education into new and existing programs, as well as into Pop Culture Classroom’s premier annual event, Denver Comic Con.

12:30 pm         Lunch in Estes Park

1:15 pm           Puppet Making with Kerry Aiken

Puppets allow unique ways to tell stories.  Puppets not only can be used within storytime, but as a program for school aged children and families.  Kerry will share ways she uses puppets and methods to engage children to perform a puppet show of their own.  Instruction on making a simple sock puppet will be provided.

Kerry along with her husband, Bob traveled as “Artists in the Schools throughout Colorado, Montana and Iowa back in the 80’s making puppets and performing puppet shows.  Her next career was as a Children’s Librarian in Estes Park, where for 25 years she developed a puppet repertoire for 60 different storytimes.

2 pm                Break

2:10 pm           Puppets and Props Ideas Exchange

Share successful techniques for using puppets and other props, whether it be for preschoolers at storytime or teens at an after school program.

2:45 pm           CATS Division Business Meeting and Closing

3:00 pm           Adjourn

Estes Valley Library

Call for Chair-Elect for CATS Board 2017

Have you been debating joining the CATS Board? We are still in need a nominee for chair-elect for 2017. Serving on the CATS Board has many advantages. You get to display your many talents before fellow children’s and youth librarians, it’s a tremendous learning experience, it looks great on your resume, and your ego gets boosted into the upper catosphere.

Don’t forget that you can nominate yourself!

Ready to submit a nomination? Do you have questions? Email Geoffrey Gregory, CATS Past Chair, at ggregory@denverlibrary.org

Interested in Joining the CATS Board?

CATS Board

Nominations are being sought for 2017 elected officers for the CATS Division!  Serving on the CATS Board has many advantages.  You get to display your many talents before fellow children’s and youth librarians, it’s a tremendous learning experience, it looks great on your resume, and your ego gets boosted into the upper catosphere. Here are the following CATS positions open for 2017:

  • Chair Elect
  • Secretary
  • Member-At Large

What’s so great about the process is that you can nominate yourself!

Ready to submit a nomination?  Do you have questions?  Email Geoffrey Gregory, CATS Past Chair, at ggregory@denverlibrary.org

Join us Virtually in Delta Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the CATS Spring Meeting in Delta Colorado. Can’t make it in person but want to still be involved? Join the meeting virtually at https://enetlearning.adobeconnect.com/youth-family-services/
 
Schedule:
 
10:00 am-10:15 am Coffee and Light Breakfast: Network with colleagues and settle in for a fun and informative day!
 
10:15 am-10:30 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.
 
10:30 am-11:00 am Jam Band: A Delta Public Library volunteer, Gerry, shares his very successful and musical Jam Band program for school-age kids at the Delta Public Library.
 
11:00 am-11:15 am Break: reset room for next class
 
11:15 am-12:15 pm Creating Cartoon Strips with Kids: Professional teaching artist D.P. Benjamin (a Cedaredge local!) will lead a workshop showing us how to teach kids of all ages how to draw their own cartoon strips – no art experience required!
 
12:15 pm-1:30pm Lunch: on your own
 
1:30 pm-2:00pm Check Out CO State Parks: Beth Crist from the Colorado State Library will talk about an exciting new collaboration with the CO State Parks that is set to launch this summer.
 
2:00 pm-3:00pm Programming Brainstorm and Share: Take some time to share your successful storytime elements and tween/teen program successes with your colleagues during this informal hour. Come with questions as well as ideas to share.
Have a great day everyone!

Happening Soon: CATS Spring Meeting in Delta

CATS

Hello Everyone! Just wanted to let everyone know (or remind) that CATS (Children and Teen Services Division of Colorado ALA) Spring Meeting is coming up next Friday in Delta Colorado. It is free and everyone is welcome…you do not have to be a CATS member to attend.

Delta Public Library

211 W. 6th St, Delta

Friday, April 29, 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Join us on the Western Slope for a mini Storytime Idea Exchange as well as a Tween and Teen Program Idea Exchange concurrently for those of us who work with the older crowd.

RSVP here

Can’t make it in person? Join the meeting virtually at https://enetlearning.adobeconnect.com/youth-family-services/

Schedule:

10:00 am-10:15 am Coffee and Light Breakfast: Network with colleagues and settle in for a fun and informative day!

10:15 am-10:30 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.

10:30 am-11:00 am Jam Band: A Delta Public Library volunteer, Gerry, shares his very successful and musical Jam Band program for school-age kids at the Delta Public Library.

11:00 am-11:15 am Break: reset room for next class

11:15 am-12:15 pm Creating Cartoon Strips with Kids: Professional teaching artist D.P. Benjamin (a Cedaredge local!) will lead a workshop showing us how to teach kids of all ages how to draw their own cartoon strips – no art experience required!

12:15 pm-1:30pm Lunch: on your own

1:30 pm-2:00pm Check Out CO State Parks: Beth Crist from the Colorado State Library will talk about an exciting new collaboration with the CO State Parks that is set to launch this summer.

2:00 pm-3:00pm Programming Brainstorm and Share: Take some time to share your successful storytime elements and tween/teen program successes with your colleagues during this informal hour. Come with questions as well as ideas to share. (You’re welcome to bring materials to share with everyone or supplies to illustrate your program or demonstrate your storytime element.)
We hope to see you there!

One Book 4 Colorado- Giraffes Can’t Dance

  Giles Andreae
In case you have not heard…Ashley Kazyaka of the Colorado State Library will be hosting an interactive session with Giles Andreae, the author of Giraffes Can’t Dance. On Tuesday, Apr 19, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM through Hangouts On Air. Click here for more details and to join the chat.

 

PLA Conference 2016

skyline

The PLA 2016 Conference in Denver, April 5–9, 2016 is just around the corner. It is not too late to register!

 
A few presenters that will be coming are:
 
Anderson Cooper (Wednesday opening session)
 
Verna Myers (Thursday morning kicking off PLA’s Big Ideas Series)
 
Sherry Turkle (Friday morning Big Ideas Series)
 
Anand Giridharadas (Saturday Big Ides Series Conclusion)
 
Tig Notaro (Saturday wrap up PLA Conference)
 
For a full list of presenters and exhibits check out the PLA Conference site.
 

Just Under One Month Until Meeting in Delta

 

 CATS Division Spring Meeting

Delta Public Library

of Delta County Libraries

in Delta, CO

10:00AM – 3:00PM

Friday, April 29, 2016

Join us on the Western Slope at the Delta Public Library on April 29thfrom 10 am-3 pm for a mini Storytime Idea Exchange as well as a Tween and Teen Program Idea Exchange concurrently for those of us who work with the older crowd.  The meeting is free! RSVP here

10:00 am – 10:15 am – Coffee and Light Breakfast: Network with colleagues and settle in for a fun and informative day!

10:15 am -10:30 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.

10:30 am -11:00 am – Jam Band:  A Delta Public Library volunteer, Gerry, shares his very successful and musical Jam Band program for school-age kids at the Delta Public Library.

11:00 am-11:15 am – Break: reset room for next class

11:15 am -12:15 pm – Creating Cartoon Strips with Kids:Professional teaching artist D.P. Benjamin (a Cedaredge local!) will lead a workshop showing us how to teach kids of all ages how to draw their own cartoon strips – no art experience required! Learn more about Mr. Benjamin here:

http://benjaminauthorcartoonist.com/

12:15 pm – 1:30pm – Lunch: on your own

1:30 pm – 2:00pm – Check Out CO State Parks: Beth Crist from the Colorado State Library will talk about an exciting new collaboration with the CO State Parks that is set to launch this summer.

2:00 pm – 3:00pm – Programming Brainstorm and Share: Take some time to share your successful storytime elements and tween/teen program successes with your colleagues during this informal hour.  Come with questions as well as ideas to share. (You’re welcome to bring materials to share with everyone or supplies to illustrate your program or demonstrate your storytime element.)

We hope to see you there!