Friday, September 21, 2018

WLA Conference 2018 - YSS THURSDAY & FRIDAY Highlights

The WLA Conference is just around the corner and the youth services offerings are abundant!  Check out what is coming your way at WLA on Thursday and Friday:


Nighttime is Teen Time
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3
Rebecca Barry, Chilton Public Library; Terry Ehle, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers; Lisa Pike, Manitowoc Public Library
Are extracurriculars keeping teens from your after-school programs? Struggling to find the best time to get teens in the door? Then after-hour programs may be for you! From big ideas to small, our panel of late night experts will share their experiences with teen programming after the sun goes down and the library doors close. Panelists will share after-hours experiences including a new community initiative that brings a late night program every weekend to teens in the community; tips and tricks on how to get started; and ideas for monthly themed teen nights and Random Fandom after-hours events.

Shaking Up Your Collections!
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1
Candi Fitzsimons, Johnson Public Library, Darlington; Tara Fortney, Schreiner Memorial Library, Lancaster
Turn your Children’s collection into an easily-navigated, exciting treasure trove for your patrons, young and old! Our small libraries completely re-imagined our picture book organization and came up with a fresh, fun way to browse and shelve! Using popular categories, colorful signage and things you already have in your storage closet, you can create a system that your staff and patrons will love to dive into! We’ll also give you tips on how to dump “Dewey” in both your Children’s AND Adult sections!

Your Library as a Resource for Families of Children with Special Needs
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B
Maria Dietrich, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Jeni Schomber, Beloit Public Library; Karen Wendt, Monona Public Library
Public or school, rural or urban, large or small--all public libraries serve children with disabilities in their communities. Panelists will share experiences getting started with Sensory Storytimes, and success partnering with a Parenting Connections initiative to make their libraries vibrant hubs where caregivers of children with special needs can connect with local and regional resources. Learn best practices for sustainable community partnerships, how to develop a community needs assessment, ideas for programs, and inclusive marketing strategies, as well as accessible customer service and how to make existing children’s programs more welcoming for all abilities.

"Yeah, Sure, I Don’t Care." A Mantra to Improve Your Children’s Area
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1
Kari Preuss, Elroy Public Library, Nikole Verde, Elroy Public Library
Stop looking at the Children’s area as a stodgy Librarian. A small library doubled the children’s checkouts and tripled the summer library program over two years. How? We focused on what is important; what will make the kids WANT to return. We’ll share a few ideas that worked including changes in collection, space, attitudes, collaborations, forgiveness, and a staff who smiling says to the kids, “Yeah, sure, I don’t care.”

Burr/Worzalla Children's Book Award Winner
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C
Darcy Miller, Author, Prairie du Sac
Join this year’s Burr/Worzalla Award winner as she presents on her book, Roll, a hilariously funny and poignant coming-of-age story about Lauren, who would rather be called “Ren,” who learns about friendship, family and Birmingham Roller Pigeons after he moves to the country.
Miller’s book was selected as the winner by the Children’s Book Award Committee of the WLA Youth Services Section (YSS) after the examination and evaluation of titles from 2017 by authors and illustrators with a Wisconsin connection.

No One Checked It Out: Transforming Perceptions of Diverse Books
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2
Dawn Foster, Portage Public Library; Jenna Gilles-Turner, Chippewa Falls Public Library; Jessi Peterson, Chippewa Falls Public Library; Megan Schliesmann, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, Madison; Aimee Schreiber, Sparta Free Library
You know it’s important to buy diverse books. But your community is small, your budget is small, and it’s hard to justify when they rarely leave the shelf. What can you do? Embrace your power as a role model! Incorporate diverse books in story times, displays, and other programming throughout the year. Make diversity visible and show it’s valued. Let your community see that diverse books aren’t about “the other” but about “us.” This session will feature a panel of practitioners using diverse books on a regular basis across their programming.

Low - (NO!) Budget Storytime Props
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1
Kirsten Almo, Edgerton Public Library
Looking for ways to energize your storytime or preschool programs with a low (or NO) budget? Are you falling into a slump and ready for some new additions to your already awesome programs? This session will send you back with loads of ideas you can use TODAY! Even better, you can add most of these fun props without breaking your non-existent budget!

Awards & Honors Reception
Radisson La Crosse Ballroom
This is your opportunity to personally thank and interact with our award winners.
Sponsored by EBSCO


The Biology of Sex
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C
Alexandra Hall, M.D., UW–Stout, Menomonie
Trained in theater, education and medicine, Dr. Hall will share what we do and do not know about the development of our biologic sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation from a scientific standpoint in this accessible and interactive session. Dr. Hall has been providing transgender health services to patients and advocating for trans health issues for over a decade and speaks both regionally and nationally on the topic. 

Experiences in Weeding Insensitive Picture Books About American Indians
La Crosse Center South Hall - Boardroom B
Valerie Morris, Whitefish Bay Public Library
This session will discuss the experiences and issues with weeding youth picture book collections of insensitive, inaccurate, and stereotypical books about American Indians/First Nations. The importance of providing accurate and respectful books on American Indians for young patrons will be presented with examples of books discarded and the reasons why. Session attendees will be provided with information and resources on identifying problematic books.

Get OUT of Here! Taking Your Summer Reading Program on the Road and Bringing the Outside In
La Crosse Center South Hall - Boardroom C
Lara Lakari, Marinette County Libraries/Stephenson Public Library
Looking for ways to engage children in your community who cannot make it into the library during the summer months? Trying to reach an audience you may have missed? We will share various methods of reaching your target audience when they cannot come to you. Mobile programs will include STEM/STEAM, Little Free Libraries, portable story times, and parking lot science. Plan on sharing your own ideas and experiences as well.

Ignite the Fire for History in Children
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A
Chris Sturdevant, Waukesha Public Library; Anita Doering, La Crosse Public Library
Chris and Anita share insight connecting children with history in the library. Chris has introduced award-winning Cold War era literature to book clubs for elementary school-aged children, incorporating such titles as Breaking Stalin’s Nose and The Wall. He is the author of the upcoming book Cold War Wisconsin. Anita will share her unique Badger Detectives tour with attendees. Anita’s hands-on history approach for children includes interactions with local history photographs, engages thought provoking questions and observations, and promotes civics.

Libraries for All: Inclusive Library Services for Children with Disabilities and Their Families
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B
Renee Grassi, Dakota County Library, Minnesota
Public or school, rural or urban, large or small--all public libraries serve children with disabilities in their communities. Librarian and advocate Renee Grassi will show how you can be more intentional about welcoming children with disabilities and their families at your library. In this program attendees will learn best practices for sustainable community partnerships, how to develop a community needs assessment, ideas for programs, and inclusive marketing strategies. Participants will also learn about accessible customer service and how to make existing children’s programs more welcoming for all abilities.

Pride Without the Prejudice: Controversial Programming in the Library
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3
Rebekah Palmer, Osceola Public Library; Nick Dimassis, Beloit Public Library; Amy Mitchell, Beloit Public Library
Libraries are for everyone and librarians have the great responsibility of providing programming that will benefit their communities; even when that programming makes some groups uncomfortable. We'll share our experiences with hosting Drag Queen Storytimes in the library and discuss other ways in which we can make libraries more inclusive, across the ideological spectrum.

Putting Puppet Shows into Your Programing
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4
Murray Johnson, Portage County Public Library, Stevens Point
This session will discuss the process of creating and implementating 10-30 minute puppet shows geared for preschool to early grade school students that are performed by teen volunteers in both large rooms (holding over a hundred patrons) to small rooms (25 or fewer patrons). The presenter(s) will go through the process of selecting or writing a script, creating costumes and props, marketing the program, contacting the volunteers, rehearsals, and finally, the performance.

Sequenced Picture Books for Everyone! The Art & Literature of Graphic Novels
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B
Virginia Roberts, Rhinelander Public Library; Steph Cherrywell, Antigo Public Library
Graphic novels seem to be a bit overwhelming for those unfamiliar. They're so, well, graphic, at times. This panel will help you wade through once-forbidden territory--ʺcomicʺ books that have grown up into novels or even nonfiction. Popular titles and determining age appropriateness will be discussed. Discover the differences between publishing houses, formats, and foreign books now popular in the market. Reviewing and purchasing sources will be (somewhat) revealed.

Choose Leadership: Are You Ready?
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom 

Gretchen Caserotti, Meridian Library District, Boise, ID
What does it take to be a leader? Caserotti has been working over the last decade to make her libraries and communities better and has learned a lot of lessons in her professional journey becoming a library director. Caserotti will reflect on nurturing leadership skills in oneself and in others that lead to positive, productive and healthy libraries.

 Early bird registration for the amazing conference continues through September 28

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