Monthly Archives: February 2015

“Empathy is Your Superpower: Serving Teens in Poverty”

At the most excellent CATS Winter Workshop, I gave a presentation entitled “Empathy is Your Superpower: Serving Teens in Poverty.” The presentation slides and handout are finally now available to view or download at

If you have questions or ideas about serving teens in poverty in libraries, please continue the conversation on this blog! Thanks!

–Beth Crist


Winter Workshop Experiences

Last month, I attended the CATS Winter Workshop thanks to a generous scholarship from the Colorado State Library. I am a Youth Services Librarian at Mesa County Libraries, which is located clear on the other side of the Rocky Mountains next to the Utah border. I made the trek from the Western Slope to Denver for the weekend, and had a fantastic time meeting colleagues from across the state, picking up great ideas for working with kids and teens, and enjoying a pretty tasty sandwich while voting for a mock Newbery winner.

I attended a hodgepodge of sessions for both children and teens throughout the day, and quite honestly, I got something out of each one. Two particular sessions that I was excited to share with my coworkers back home (and swipe ideas from), however, were “Stronger Video Skills in a Single Bound!” and “Peaceful Warriors and Om-Mazing Superpowers: Yoga at the Library.”

In “Stronger Video Skills in a Single Bound!,” presented by Jenny Veile from the University of Minnesota, we went over some good practical tips for making and helping with video projects. Jenny did a great job of offering easy-to-implement suggestions in just 45 minutes – I loved her “assignment” to create a video mashup and the example of “Buffy vs. Edward: Twilight Remixed.”

Jenny had a host of recommendations for those new to the video-making game, from good editing software, to framing shots, to lighting, to sound, to using green screens… it was quite impressive how much information she was able to pack into her talk without it seeming overwhelming.

“Peaceful Warriors and Om-Mazing Superpowers: Yoga at the Library” was a fun and relaxing way to round out the afternoon. Casey Feicht of Kids Yoga Guide and Andrea Cleland of Clearview Library District offered some hands-on training in implementing yoga into story times and youth programs for any age group. Their presentation was a lot of fun and I hope to use some of their tips in future programs of my own.

Overall, the CATS Winter Workshop was a great experience and I was happy to represent the Western Slope while meeting more friends from the Front Range.   I’m looking forward to the next CATS get-together I am able to attend!

Written by Hannah Evans, Youth Services Librarian, Mesa County Libraries

Youth Services Librarians CALCON15 Call for proposals

The CAL Conference Planning Committee is excited to announce CALCON15 will return to the Embassy Suites in Loveland October 22-24. The planning committee is dedicated to making CALCON15 the best conference yet, with programs that apply to all levels of library work, from front line staff to directors. But to make this a reality, we need your help! What can you share?

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