VLA Youth Services Forum Workshop Planned for Aug. 24

Youth Services Forum to hold workshop in August

Don't miss the August Workshop from the Youth Services Forum! With a focus on youth programming, this workshop is a day of learning and networking beneficial for all youth services staff.


When: August 24, 2018
Where: Haymarket Gainesville Community Library
14870 Lightner Rd. Haymarket, VA 20169
Time: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/ksRcblwNF5UUfD8C3


MORNING—Three 45-minute sessions

Session I: 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Highlighting the importance of STEAM
Get ideas for STEAM lessons for school age children!

For the first half of the presentation, Laini Bostian will be present four STEAM lessons geared towards first and second graders. Lessons will include magnetism, bubble and fizz, UV pony beads, and others.
For the second half of the presentation, Delwyn will be presenting the importance of the “A” in STEAM. It seems like STEM is around every corner — children have the opportunity to explore electricity, physics, chemistry and biology in elaborate and exciting prepackaged programs with a perfect/successful outcome guaranteed every time. How do Public Libraries afford to enter the STEM game? And should we? Creativity, innovation, experimentation and resiliency are an important part of STEM thinking too and we have the unique ability to provide a risk free environment in which children can explore scientific principles without judgement, grading, or ever present learning outcomes and marking criteria. Allowing children (and parents) to indulge in experimenting with tape, scissors, recycled materials, free thinking prompts and guided learning encourages scientific thinking and maker skills not freely available in many other contexts.
Presenters: Laini Bostian—Culpeper County Library
Delwyn Elizabeth—Prince William Public Library

Session II: 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
“Dumb Ideas” Do Work: Changing Our Conventional Views on Youth Programming
Have you ever thought “this will never work?” Maybe it’s too hard, it’s not age-appropriate, or they will never like it? If you are willing to go beyond traditionally accepted limits for age, gender, and ability, you can create unique, appealing programs for youth of any age.
Presenters: Jaimie Crawford—Loudon County Public Library
Patricia Pacheco—Loudon County Public Library

Session III: 12 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
The Best Bang for Your Buck from the Library of Virginia
Learn how to leverage LVA resources for your patrons and your own professional development! Explore the latest resources and preview upcoming projects, hosted by LVA's new Youth Services Consultant, Sue LaParo.
Presenter: Sue LaParo—Library of Virginia

---Lunch: 12:45 p.m.-2 p.m. (On Your Own)---

Networking Round Tables: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Summer Reading Program: Things that went well and things that did not
  • Performers worth having and those that were not
  • Back to School Ideas: Reading programs, visiting schools, and connecting with preschools. How do you do it and what do you do when you are there?

—Updated July 23, 2018