Professional Presentations

Storytimes in a Snap:  Effective Planning and Presenting

Cross Timbers Library Collaborative Conference | Tarrant County College Northwest Campus | July 22, 2016

Is storytime planning overwhelming your library?  Learn how to plan and present effective, dynamic storytimes without reinventing yourself every time.  This session examines how to build an effective storytime repertoire, from preparing for a session to planning a specific theme.  Learn how to develop session templates that provide a balance between repetition and variety.  How do you encourage parents to participate each week?  Learn about resources you can easily create to boost parent engagement.  Find strategies to collect storytime information, including fingerplay files, outlines, theme resources, and professional resource collections.  Stumped?  Learn about outside resources to inspire your storytimes.  Develop strategies to evaluate storytime, make adjustments, and evaluate content to provide consistent excellence.  It’s never too late to start building your storytime resources!  Learn how to begin building (or continue expanding) your storytime foundation to make storytime planning a snap.

Low Cost/No Cost STEAM Programming

Texas Library Association Annual Conference | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center | April 20, 2017

Join us an learn about different STEAM activities that are low cost or free!  We will share with you programs that use recycled materials for creative programs:  corkbots, scribblebots, and cardboard automata.  Walk away with program plans and outlines of activities to take back to your library!