FREE Upcoming Webinars in December

As the year begins to wind down, the New York State Library is sponsoring some excellent free webinars throughout the month of December to promote ideas for programming for children and teens alike. Please be sure to click on the links under each webinar listed for additional details about the webinar and how to register:

December 13, 2017 (2 PM EST)

Ready to Read at New York Libraries is hosting a webinar on “21 Minutes for 21st Century Libraries: Early Literacy” for any library staff and administration interested in learning more about early literacy. Participants will learn about the latest research on programming, services, and best practices in libraries, along with the benefits of providing early literacy services in their own libraries. Registration is required, and the webinar will be archived for future viewing. For more information, please visit

Thursday, December 14, 2017  (3 PM EST / 12 PM PST)

WebJunction is hosting an hour-long webinar on “From Tots to Teens: STE(A)M-powered Ideas for Programming.” Whether you’re already full steam ahead with STE(A)M programming in your library or not sure how to get started or somewhere in between, there’s something for you in this webinar. Our presenters are passionate about creating engaging and skill-building STE(A)M programs for kids from preschool age to teenage. Find out what to look for in a good program and hear their top picks for programs for each age range. Learn some tips, tricks and useful resources. Get inspired—you don’t need to be a scientist or engineer to have fun exploring and learning with the kids in your library. To register, please visit

Friday, December 15, 2017 (3-4 PM EST)

NOVELNY is hosting a webinar on “Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: Explore Past Events with Firsthand Accounts” to introduce research and non-fiction through Britannica School to the young adults and teen patrons that visit your library. Included in the webinar is information on how to uncover content, engage reluctant readers, and provide support for ALL users. Participants will also learn how to incorporate classroom curriculum resources in areas like World Studies, Chemistry, Math, and Language Arts, video and media content, and using “My Britannica” to save information of interest. Please register at

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (2 PM EST / 11 AM PST)

WebJunction is hosting a 90 minute webinar on “Going Deeper with Social Media.” Learn how to take the next steps toward amplifying your library’s social media program. During this third webinar in our social media series, we’ll discuss best practices in growing your library’s social media program and managing user engagement. You’ll learn tips on assessing your library’s audience based on their preferred platforms and ideas for converting your in-person library community into an online community. For more information, please visit


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