• If You Have Emotions and You Know it Shout Hooray: Presenting Social Emotional Learning in Storytime (Collaborative Literacy Learning Series)

    Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
    Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Location: Online - At Your Computer

    Part of the Collaborative Literacy Learning Series hosted by the State Library of North Carolina and NCLive.

    Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has always been an important part of education and human development. With the ongoing pandemic and shocking headlines (including a mass shooting in my hometown) now, more than ever, we are prompted to help caregivers and young children learn how to express and understand their emotions. With the overwhelming amount of books in this genre, this webinar will help us choose books that involve SEL learning and also use (just about) any books, music and other storytime material to decipher feelings. 
    Attendees will learn to: 

    ● Choose age-appropriate materials for subject matter, with many examples. 

    ● Create opportunities for conversations during storytimes and receive hints on how to deal with sticky emotional situations, from parents talking during storytime to a child’s hard question or comment during storytime. 

    ● Build connections with children, so they feel heard and foster lasting relationships beyond storytimes. 

    ● Connect caregivers to resources where they can get answers to questions from places other than books. Keeping in mind, we are not experts in this field. 

    ● Workshop with other members of the library field to help each other with SEL, not only for patrons, but also ourselves because children’s librarians are amazing and we deserve it! 

    Led by Melanie Borski-Howard, Youth Services Librarian at Boulder Public Library

  • Engaging Online Community Members (PCI)

    Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
    Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location: Online

    Engaging Online Community Members

    Wednesday, January 26th from 2:00-3:00 pm EST

    *PCI webinar access is provided for North Carolina library staff only. Please register using your library email address.

    Virtual programming is here to stay. For individuals who are homebound, have caregiving responsibilities, or uncertain transportation, online engagement with the library is a good option. It allows them to learn, grow, and connect without the burden of visiting a physical location. As librarians, we should be intentional about our work with these community members and focus energy on finding new ways to engage with them.

    Learning goals:

    • Attendees will be able to identify community members who benefit from virtual programming.
    • Attendees will be able to list specific strategies for engaging community members who benefit from online programs.
    • Attendees will be able to discuss their next steps for engaging online community members.

    Lauren Hays ~ Biography

    Lauren Hays, PhD, is the instructional and research librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoys teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. She has co-presented at the annual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and was the 2017 speaker on SoTL for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee’s Midwinter Discussion.  

    Her professional interests include SoTL, teaching, information literacy, educational technology, library and information science education, teacher identity, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home. 

  • Creating Self-Led Foundational Literacy Kits for Child Care Centers

    Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
    Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Location: Online - At Your Computer

    Learn the basic steps and components to create early literacy kits for childcare centers in your area. With many outreach services put on hold, these boxes are an accessible tool for child care providers to use in their centers. This session will walk participants through revamping existing outreach materials, or creating a new partnership initiative. You’ll leave this webinar with examples, ideas and an excitement to get started on your library’s own Literacy Kits!

    This session will be led by Christin Daubert. She is the Early Childhood Librarian at the Southern Pines Pubic Library and has worked in public libraries with children and their caregivers for the past 13 years. When she’s not singing rhymes with toddlers, Christin is snuggled up with her two cats (Bonkers and Berlioz), writing, or creating in some form or fashion.

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    This session is part of the month-long literacy learning series organized by NC LIVE and the State Library of North Carolina. For more information, visit

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