Youth Services Workshop and Networking Event planned for March 16

(Please note: Membership in VLA is not required to participate in this event.)

Youth Services Workshop and Networking Event to be held March 16When: Friday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library - Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA (directions).
Plan to arrive beginning at 9:30 a.m., with the first session beginning at 10 a.m.

Cost: Free! Lunch is on your own.

Morning - 3, 45-minute sessions:

Kaleidoscope Sensory Storytimes for Preschool Children with Special Needs
Learn how Sensory Storytimes help special needs kids and their families feel welcomed in libraries, show how to interact with librarians and books, help children transition to regular programs, and provide safe spaces for those who may be too loud or impulsive to participate in other library activities.
Presenter: Gail Wellock, Fairfax County Library

Booktalking: An Essential Tool in Your Outreach Toolbox
How do you engage with students in a group setting to get them excited about books? With booktalks! Learn practical techniques for writing and presenting booktalks for students of all ages that will have your audience begging to check out those books.
Presenters: Angela Critics & R. Timothy Carrier, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

Self-Directed Programming & Interactive Displays:
Learn more about passive programming beyond simple Make & Take projects. Explore how interactive displays and contests can help push your collection, encourage in-library engagement, and serve teens with limited transportation, time, and ability to attend traditional programming.
Presenter: Megan England, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library


These sessions will be followed by an informal lunch. Brown bag it or pick up something from one of the local shops and hang out with Youth Services staff from around the state to share ideas.


The afternoon will be devoted to networking round tables, each with a different theme. Conversation prompts will help get the sharing of ideas started.

More information

Sign up at:

Questions: contact Angela Critics at

Forum information: Learn more about the Youth Services Forum.

—Updated 2/22/2018