Monthly Archives: August 2016

CATS Division Winter Workshop Call for Presenters!

CATS Division of CALThe CATS Division Winter Workshop is coming, and we’re sending out the cat signal for fabulous presenters!

The 2017 Winter Workshop will be held on Monday, January 30th 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

The deadline to submit your proposal is midnight on October 14th, so don’t delay!


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 ( 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.

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