Youth Services Retreat

The 24th Joint Annual Youth Services Retreat will be held at Camp Carol Joy Holling (Ashland) September 6 and 7th. 11 CE are available for attendance at both days.

The workshop topics will be:

  • Great Books for Teens and Tweens
  • Virtual Programs: Prehistoric Creatures and more
  • “Booktalk” your favorite websites, resources, and solutions
  • Mental Illness and Youth Services
  • Reommended Books for Children 2017/2018
  • Escape Rooms and Table Top Conundrums
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Programming
  • Tips on Graphic Novel Collection and Programming
  • How to Improve Your Chances of Obtaining a Youth Services Grant

While this retreat is designed especially for those who plan to stay overnight and attend both days, the following options are available:

  • Both days with overnight, double occupancy, includes all meals ($130)
  • Both days with overnight, single occupancy, includes all meals ($160)
  • Both days with lunch ($105)
  • Thursday only, includes lunch ($55)
  • Friday only, includes lunch ($50)

Registration was open until August 22nd.

The agenda for the two day retreat is as follows:

Thursday, September 6

7:30-8:30              Breakfast for those who arrived on site Wed. evening

8:30 – 9:00            Registration

9:00 – 9:50           Great Books for Tweens and Teens with Sally Snyder
There’s always some new treasure to be discovered during Sally’s showcase of books!

10:00-10:50         Virtual Tours in the Library with Nebraska History
Featuring the new “A Prehistoric Adventure,” this workshop is designed to show you how easily you can bring virtual tours to your library.

11:00-11:50         “Booktalk” you favorite resources, programs, or solutions
In this session, retreat participants will be the presenters. Each person will have a few minutes to present their favorite websites, resources, program and craft ideas, or solutions to challenges or problems.

12:00 – 1:30         Lunch

1:30 – 2:30            Mental Illness and Youth Services with Todd Schlechte and Michael Elsener
It is difficult to describe the experience of mental illness. In this presentation, Children’s and Young Adult authors will provide the language to talk about mental illness through tweets, media, quotes, and especially excerpts from their work. Further, activities will be incorporated which can be used in library programming.

2:45 – 3:45            Recommended Children’s Books 2017/18 with Amy Wenzl
This session will focus on recommended books for grades K-6 published in late 2017 through August 2018.

4:00 – 6:00           Escape Rooms and Table Top Conundrums with the Regional Library Systems
Escape rooms and table top puzzles are surprisingly easy to build.  This program is designed to be fun: you get to try solving some puzzles, and we will explain how you can build these on your own.

6:00 – 7:00            Dinner

7:00 – 10:00        Time to exchange ideas, hang out, play games

Friday, September 7 

7:30 – 8:30           Breakfast

8:30–9:00            Registration

9:00-10:50           Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Programming with Kristy Feden
Are you ready to maximize learning opportunities for young children in your community? Discover the power of intentional activities that are grounded in developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood.

11:00-11:50         Tips on Graphic Novel Collection and Programming with Russ Harper
Learn new resources to find widely-appealing graphic novel selections for all age groups, toddler through teen.  Join Russ as he makes core collection recommendations, discusses top sellers, and how to find the hot new thing.  Includes programming tips for both American comics and manga fans!

12:00 – 1:30         Lunch

1:30 – 2:30           Get a Grant! with Sally Snyder
Sally will tell you what you need to consider in making an application to the Youth Grants for Excellence program. Since the deadline for these grants is normally early October, this workshop will be timely and should leave you better equipped to complete a successful application.

2:30 – 3:00           Giveaways, Evaluations

We must leave the premises by 3:30 pm

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