Join us for these February webinars!

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Presented by Laura Solomon

Wednesday February 5, 2020

Do you spend a good part of your job working with social media? If so, then you already know how time-intensive content creation and management of social platforms can be. Fortunately, the web is filled with free tools vying for your attention. In this webinar you will learn about some online gems that you can use to improve your workflow, create new content, or share with your friends and colleagues. The webinar will include tools for working with Twitter and Instagram, tools for creating social media content for varied platforms, and other free online tools. For a complete description and to REGISTER NOW:

What’s New in Children’s Literature 2020

Presented by Penny Peck

Wednesday February 19, 2020

Join us for our annual review of what’s new in children’s literature, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve. Hear about


books published in late 2019 and Spring 2020 that will be popular with children ages 0-12. We’ll cover board books, picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more.  Find new books perfect for storytime and to offer parents as read-alouds. Discover books that will grab the attention of reluctant readers, including the newest graphic novels for kids and popular series. Take away a list of helpful websites to use when doing readers’ advisory, and sites that will help you keep up-to-date on the latest children’s books. For a complete description and to REGISTER NOW:


Infopeople’s webinars are free of charge! You can pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button on the announcement page. If you pre-register, then you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day after the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:

Library Programming to Inspire Writing and Family Engagement

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What is Writing Boxes?

It is essential that—just as we encourage reading aloud and the sharing of books—we also share the joy of writing and communicate how writing is tied to literacy. Writing Boxes is an “instant’’ program template that requires very little prep, is easy to replicate, inexpensive, works across age groups, supports increased literacy, and fosters community engagement.

Why Offer Programming to Inspire Writing?

Library staff who serve children understand one of their core missions is to support reading. Reading is a part of literacy as is writing, listening, and communication. Writing experiences support family engagement, community engagement, facilitate literacy, and support out-of-school learning across the curriculum including STEM. As librarians we believe in the Freedom to Read, but what about the freedom to write? Libraries can provide programming and a non-threatening and non-judgmental space to write.

Want to Learn More?

Join us for a FREE webinar on December 5th. This hands-on experience will demonstrate how easy it is to plan and produce a Writing Box program. Presenter Lisa Von Drasek (Curator, Children’s Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries former public and school librarian k-18) will:

  • Demonstrate how easy it is to plan and produce a Writing Box program.
  • Discuss how to select mentor texts for Writing Box Programs.
  • Model the process of prepping and facilitating a Writing Box program for children and young adults as well as their caregivers.
  • Provide suggestions on how to structure a program that takes into account diverse physical, developmental, and cognitive abilities
  • Describe the creation of the Writing Box, including how it was developed at the Brooklyn Public Library and the essential facets such as selecting developmentally relevant and culturally responsive mentor titles.

Sign-up Here

Join us to learn how your library can create diverse, welcoming, intergenerational programming to inspire writing as an integral part of supporting literacy and family engagement. Additional information and registration at:


Create a Successful Bilingual Storytime (Sept 12 webinar)

Now You’re Speaking My Language: Creating a Successful Bilingual Storytime

Presented by: Adilene Rogers

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @noon Pacific Time, 1 PM Mountain, 2 PM Central, 3 PM Eastern

Are you interested in creating a bilingual storytime at your library? Bilingual storytimes storytimeare a great way to create a welcoming space for new families and strengthen a child’s early literacy skills. It allows non-English speaking families to see themselves and their culture through books, rhymes and movement. It is also an opportunity to nurture cognitive and language development for families in their native language as well as a chance for monolingual families to share in the cultural and linguistic diversity. In this webinar, presenter Adilene Rogers will discuss how to create a Spanish-English bilingual storytime that is culturally inclusive and will strengthen the relationship with your Spanish speaking community. She’ll also cover the importance of early literacy practices on a bilingual child’s development. While this webinar focuses mainly on Spanish-English storytimes, the principles and theories can be used for any language.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  • Learn the importance of bilingual storytime and how it supports families raising bilingual children
  • Understand the importance of having culturally relevant material such as books, songs and rhymes
  • Understand some of the common misconceptions of raising bilingual children and how to support parents who are raising their children bilingually.
  • For librarians that are not fluent –be able to work with a partner to develop and present a bilingual storytime
  • Learn some traditional Spanish songs and rhymes as well as different movement activities that can be used.

This webinar will be of interest to youth services and children’s library staff, bilingual library volunteers, and bilingual library professionals.

For a complete description and to REGISTER NOW:


Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button on the announcement page. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check out our archive listing at:

Youth ages 0-14: Developmentally Appropriate Programming

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uterus and it will develop continually into adulthood. How can library programming support development? Developmentally Appropriate Programming (DAP) is designed to bolster children’s development and learning success.

All children are unique in their needs, abilities, and interests. When you take children’s developmental milestones into account when structuring your programs, you can create programs that support the well-being and development of children in the community. DAP provides a framework for combining youth services library staff members’ knowledge of the communities they serve with brain development research to provide the most supportive, successful library programs possible.

Want to learn more?

  • Useful resources for learning about developmental milestones include the Bright Futures Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Milestone Moments from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Amy and Amy
  • Want to learn more about developmentally appropriate library programming? The upcoming Infopeople course Developmentally Appropriate Programming for Youth will teach participants to use a rubric that includes the program spaces, formats, content, and staffing models that equip libraries to offer high-impact programs designed precisely for the developmental levels of their intended audiences. Registration for the course is open now.


Youth Services: Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Do you work in Library Youth Services? Infopeople has a number of upcoming training opportunities that may be of interest to you!

Age Range: Under 5 years old

Creating Baby Spaces in Public Libraries: Designing for Success 3-baby
1-hour webinar on Jan 27 with presenter Bridget Alexander

Sensory-Enhanced Storytimes
1-hour webinar on Feb 11 with presenters Laura Baldassari-Hackstaff and Laura Olson

Age Range: 5 – 12 years old

Children’s Programming on a Budget
4-week course with instructor Penny Peck  play colors
Free or low-cost library programs are a natural and effective way to meet the needs of school-age children and their parents or caregivers in your community. Your library’s programming efforts could include multicultural events, do-it-yourself craft and game programs, book-related movies, Lego clubs, board and electronic gaming programs, book discussion groups, Makerspace programs, storytelling, puppet shows, and “dog buddy” reading programs.  In this course, expert children’s librarian Penny Peck shares her practical experiences with determining, developing, and delivering programs that stimulate and engage children – all for a reasonable cost to your library.

Age Range: 12 – 18 years old

Adapting Informal Learning Practices for Teen Services: the labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
1-hour webinar on Feb 24 with presenter Corey Wittig

STEM and STEAM Programming for Teens in Libraries
1-hour webinar on Jan 21 with presenter Karen Jensen   youngpeople
Jensen will discuss the basic concepts behind both STEM and STEAM programming. We’ll also discuss the benefits for both libraries and the teens they serve. We’ll also provide you with some basic program starting points for STEAM programs that involve art, music and/or books.

Teen Services Fundamentals
4-week course with instructor Sarah Flowers
You’ll come away from the course with an understanding of the developmental needs of teens in our diverse society and tools to identify and enhance the library’s role in meeting those needs. This course will enable you to advocate for teens and for library services geared specifically to them.