Saturday, August 4, 2012

Whassup at Wed WLA Conference?

Need more reasons to get registered for an amazing conference? How about the Wed, Oct 24 line-up of particular interest to those working with kids and teens:

Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from a Teen Book  10:45- noon
Do you know why you should add creamer before you add coffee? Do you know how parasitic wasps saved 20 million lives? What were Winston Churchill’s last words? These questions and more will be answered as we learn fun and useful information found in a most unexpected place: teen fiction. Ruhama Kordatzky-Bahr, Consultant; Linda Jerome, La Crosse Public Library

YSS Luncheon with Joyce Sidman 12:15 -2:00
Joyce Sidman is the author of many award-winning children’s poetry books, including the Newbery Honor-winning Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, and two Caldecott Honor books: Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors.

Are You Listening? Audiobooks and Links to Learning 2:15-3:30
News flash: Research shows listening to audiobooks enhances and increases literacy skills! Join the authors of  Listening to Learn: Audiobooks Supporting Literacy and the new SLJ column “ListenIn,” for an entertaining, informative session on selecting and promoting audiobooks to youth, parents & teachers. Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library; Lizette Hannegan, Arlington (VA) Public Schools

Stop Duplicating Efforts: Creating a Unified Community Calendar  2:15-3:30
Tired of holding programs where no one attends because it conflicts with x, y, or z? Sick of hearing people exclaim "I didn't know about that!" after your event is over? If this sounds familiar, your community might benefit from a unified community calendar. Using an online subscription service and widgets, learn how to set up a single calendar for everything that happens in your community.  Anna Haase Krueger, formerly Antigo Public Library; Sarah Repp, Antigo Park, Recreation and Cemetery Supervisor

Stronghold of Stories: Women, Children, Libraries  2:15-3:30
Storytelling is a gendered activity, and women have used it both privately and publicly as a form of self-definition and social action. Librarianship, in turn, is a gendered profession, and, within it, women have been a telling force for balancing tradition and innovation. As we shall explore, their work has crossed boundaries of oral, print and electronic traditions for all ages.Betsy Hearne, Professor Emerita, University of Illinios Urbana-Champaign

It Takes Two…Partnerships Between Schools & Public Libraries 4:15-5:30
In an environment of shrinking budgets and staff, new mandates and increasing emphasis on school readiness, public libraries can be amazing partners with their K-12 colleagues. Learn about successful collaborations, service models for bringing school and public librarians together, important updates about Wisconsin’s “Read to Lead” initiative and information about the new State Common Core Standards for curriculum. If you are a youth services librarian, you cannot afford to miss this discussion. Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, DPI; Jamie Matczak,NFLS; Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Pubic Library

Plus keynote with Lewis Feldstein; programs on Servant Leadership; Letters About Literature; Speed Networking; Taming Tech and Occupy McGyver; the Blackbelt Librarian on safety; New Librarians dishing on the real library world; Leadership; social opportunities (NMRT social hour; SLIS and SOIS reunions - and rumor has it perhaps a YSS cocktail hour); and the one and only WLA Foundation fundraiser with Battledecks, food and drink and fine stroyelling with professional storytellers.

Stop here for all the program details and click on the "Librarians on the Loose in La Crosse" link to your right in our blogroll for more places to go/things to do on the beautiful west coast of Wisconsin!


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