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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


Free Ready to Read webinar on September 19

The New York State Library’s Division of Library Development is pleased to offer the following free webinar as part of Ready to Read at New York Libraries:

Topic: Using the Every Student Present Website: Helping Parents and Educators Utilize Strategies and Data Tools

Date/Time: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th, 1-2 PM ET

Speaker: Cate Teuten Bohn and Mary De Masi, Council on Children and Families

Suggested Participants: Any interested library staff member (or partner organization), especially those working with families and youth

Cost: FREE of charge

Description: Every Student Present is a public awareness campaign about school attendance in the younger grades developed by the Council on Children and Families (CCF). Chronic absence is defined as a child missing more than 10% of enrolled days. This absence from school can lead to delays in reading skills and can impact a child’s overall learning experience.

Registration link and additional information about Ready to Read at New York Libraries and Every Student Present can be found at:

Free Upcoming Webinar & Registration for a Library Toy Conference

The Thorndike Press of the Library Journal and School Library Journal is hosting a free webinar on Engaging Reluctant Readers in Your Library next Wednesday, August 30, from 3-4 PM EST. If you are unable to attend the webinar, you can still register to receive the archive URL upon completion of the webinar. For more information, please visit the link down below:


The Monroe County Library System and the Rochester Public Library are co-sponsoring the USA Toy Library Association Conference: “Learn to Play, Play to Learn” on September 23, 2017. There is still time to register for the one day conference- please visit for more information about the conference, and you can download a registration brochure by visiting The early bird pricing ends on September 1, so be sure to fill out your registration soon!

Get a head start on Earth Day activity planning:

The slogan for this year’s Summer Reading Program is “Build a Better World.” To celebrate Earth Day and help with planning for summer reading activities, Star_Net (Science-Technology Activities & Resources for Libraries) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is hosting two free professional development webinars about fun science activities.

Both webinars will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. The first webinar begins at 3:00 PM EST, which will model and discuss activities related to your local environment. The second webinar will begin at 3:45 PM EST, and will share activities related to water environments and climate change.

To register for one or both of these free professional development webinars, please visit this website  to register and to see a detailed overview of the programming.

New York State Library

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.