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Wednesday, May 15

8:00am MDT

Leap into Science!
Leap into Science is a nationwide program that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. We empower educators to offer programs in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved audiences in accessible and familiar settings. The State Library along with Utah STEM Action Center, Utah Afterschool Network and USU Extension Service applied for and was accepted as a state leadership team to participate in the National Network, Cohort 2. The Utah team is responsible for training informal educators, such as librarians, from rural and urban areas across the state. Our trainers come from the Afterschool Network, USU Extension and the STEM Action Center.


Sharon Deeds

Youth Services Coordinator, Utah State Library
Sharon Deeds is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Utah State Library.

Wednesday May 15, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Eagle Room 200 B
Thursday, May 16

1:30pm MDT

45 Diverse Books in 50 Minutes: Fresh Voices in Storytime & Book Clubs
Update your storytimes, tween programs, and book clubs with "windows” books opening outward into the lives to others as well as “mirrors” books enabling all readers to see themselves reflected in the books you feature in your library programming. In this fun, fast-paced, informative session, Lisa, Phuong, Danae, and Heather will share engaging, relevant, diverse books you can use to refresh existing library programs--or create new ones.

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Lisa Grant

Salt Lake City Public Library
The City Library - Main Branch

DaNae Leu

School Librarian, Davis County School District
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Heather Novotny

Librarian, The McGillis School
Before accepting my current position as librarian at The McGillis School, I served as Senior Librarian for Children's Programming & Outreach with Salt Lake County Library. I love informational works for children, and I'm honored to have served on the 2021 Sibert Award Committee. I... Read More →
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Youth Services Librarian, Salt Lake County Library System

Thursday May 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm MDT
Eagle Room 300 B
  (6) Public Librarianship, Speaker / Panel Session

1:30pm MDT

Yoga Storytime: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play & Namaste
In an effort to stay connected with early learners and their caring adults during storytime breaks, Salt Lake County Library’s South Jordan Branch identified a simple alternative: Yoga storytime. The program quickly gained popularity among South Jordan patrons, as well as at other County Library branches. Learn the implementation steps involved, lessons learned, and how to adapt and incorporate these ideas at your libraries.

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Vern Waters

Salt Lake County Library System

Lindsay Anderson

Salt Lake County Library System

Thursday May 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm MDT
Eagle Room 200 A
  (6) Public Librarianship, Speaker / Panel Session

2:50pm MDT

Assessing the Impact of a Free-Book Program on Parent Reading Frequency
Salt Lake County Library wanted to better understand the impact a free book program can have on reading frequency. Staff at the County Library’s Byington Reading Room put together an English and Spanish survey for parents of children receiving a free book. 


Brian Peters

Salt Lake County Library System

Thursday May 16, 2019 2:50pm - 3:10pm MDT
Eagle Room 300 A
  (6) Public Librarianship, Speaker / Panel Session (20 minutes)
  • Topic Tags Assessment and Evaluation, Children's Services (0-5), Family Engagement
  • Objective 1 Does a free book program increase parental reading frequency
  • Objective 2 Librarians at the Salt Lake County's Byington Reading surveyed parents using the free book program and what type, if any, impact this had on reading frequency.
  • Objective 3 An analysis of the 183 surveys received at the Byington Reading Room showed the more visits parents had made to the reading room to pick up a free book, the more these parents read to their children.

3:40pm MDT

Beyond the 123s of Baby & Me
Take Baby & Me story time to the next level as you learn to apply and adapt books and activities to a wide range of developmental skills and milestones. 

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Virginia Pine

Librarian, Salt Lake County Library System
I have been a librarian, specializing in youth services, for nine years. I have also spent several years on the board of the Children's Literature Association of Utah (CLAU).

Thursday May 16, 2019 3:40pm - 4:30pm MDT
Eagle Room 300 C
  (6) Public Librarianship, Speaker / Panel Session
  • Topic Tags Children's Services (0-5), Family Engagement, Programming/Services
  • Objective 1 Learn how to include developmental skills and milestones in a Baby & Me program.
  • Objective 2 Learn how to adapt books and activities for a wide range of developmental levels.
  • Objective 3 Gain a library of resources for early development skills and activities.

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