Advocating for Children’s Services
Advocacy can make a difference! This program offers tips and techniques to make the most of this important tool, both inside the library to other staff and departments, and outside the library to the community at large.
Speaker: April Mazza, MA Board of Library Commissioners
Advocating for Teen Services
Teen services in public libraries need support, both within the library and in the greater community outside the library. Learn how to use advocacy to make a difference for your teen services.
Speakers: Martha Holden and Melissa Robinson, Peabody Institute Library, MA
Apps are everywhere today! What are the best ones? Should you be using them? Hear reviews of the best apps for literacy and content creation for ages 3-13, and resources for finding quality apps.
Speakers: Jodi Breau, Mahoney Middle School, ME
Cathy Potter, Falmouth Elementary School, ME
Common Core and What It Means for You
Learn exactly what common core is and how it affects both school and public libraries, and discuss ways to support teachers and collaborate on projects.
Speakers: Beth Andersen, Westbrook High School, ME
Eileen Broderick, Maine Association of School Librarians
Amy Bushway, Westbrook School Department, ME
Family Engagement in Museums and Libraries
Discover what museums and libraries have learned about engaging adults in children’s lives and how to grow the percentage of families with young children visiting and participating in programs.
Speaker: Beth Fredericks, Museums/Libraries Project of Race to the Top
Graphic Novels: Manga, Anime – Oh My!
Brush up your knowledge of this increasingly popular and dynamic genre in this session including how to host an anime club in your library.
Speakers: Rick Lowell, Casablanca Comics, ME
Laura O’Meara, Casablanca Comics, ME
Melissa Orth, Curtis Memorial Library, ME
Virtual Author Talks with Skype
The Internet has been connecting people for years, but have you ever considered using it to connect readers with authors during a program? Skype is a service that allows people to connect over the Internet using the most basic of computer skills and equipment. Learn how Skype makes a book discussion even more interactive.
Speakers: Jennifer Rummel and Kimberly White from Otis Library in Norwich, CT
When English Isn’t First: Serving ESL Families in Youth Services
How can you best serve children from families where English is not their first language? Get practical tips on how to create programming and conduct outreach to these populations.
Speakers: Jean Canosa Albano, Springfield City Library, MA
Paula Dugan, Newport Public Library, RI
Shannon Schinagl, Newburyport Public Library, MA
Rethinking Reading: Early Readers at Your Library
Worcester State University, MA
Four different presentations focused on how children learn to read, the science behind reading, what to do to encourage reading, and what to look for in a good beginning reader book.
Mythology and Magic in the Classroom
Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA
(a co-production of NERTCL and the Youth Services Section of the Massachusetts Library Association)
Speakers: Rick Riordan, author
Spooks, Secrets and Sleuths: Mystery in Teen and Children’s Literature
Worcester State College, MA
Speakers: Peter Abrahams, author
Elise Broach, author
Mary Downing Hahn, author
Leave ’em Laughin’ – Humor in Children’s and Teen Literature
Worcester State College, MA
Speakers: Jarrett Krosoczka, author
Gail Gauthier, author
Kathleen Odean, children’s book expert
Dan Paquette, stand-up comedian/librarian
America: One Land, Many Voices
Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT
Once Upon a Fairy Tale
Bryant College, Smithfield RI
Speakers: Dr. Maria Tatar, Harvard University
Donna Jo Napoli, author
Susan Jeffers, illustrator
The Art of the Picture Book
Eric Carle Museum of Children’s Book Illustration, Amherst MA
Speakers: Eric Carle, author/illustrator
Vera B. Williams, author/illustrator
Will Eisner, author/illustrator
Carol Goldenberg, freelance book designer
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Manchester Public Library, NH
Speakers: Frannie Billingsley, author
William Sleator, author
Jackie Horne, Simmons College
Speakers: Stephen Krensky, author
Marc Aronson, author
Sue Burgess, author
Mary Burns, author
Susan Bloom, Simmons College