CCBC librarians Merri Lindgren and Megan Schliesman facilitate a Collection Development discussion among attendees, providing provide opportunities for reflection and discussion of critical issues that inform decision-making when building library collections, including policies and procedures and intellectual freedom. Hands-on opportunities to examine new books and consider them in light of collection development decision-making will be part of the morning. All participants should review their collection development policies and procedures (or bring a copy along!) prior to the morning discussion.
Lunch will be a taco buffet catered by Cranberry Creek. The buffet includes: seasoned chicken and taco meat, hard/soft shells, lettuce, onions, cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, black olives, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, refried beans (not vegetarian), and Mexican rice (vegetarian). Dessert will be assorted cookies. Cost = $12
The phrase “sensory-friendly” is a common term used in the autism community, but what does it mean and how can it apply to libraries? Librarian and accessibility advocate Renee Grassi will discuss this and more, as she shows you how to be more intentional in welcoming youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at your library. In this workshop, attendees will gain background knowledge about autism spectrum disorder and the concept of creating sensory-friendly programs and spaces. Participants will learn how to develop a Sensory Storytime program, learn about other program ideas for youth with ASD and their families, and acquire strategies for making their existing programs more inclusive for youth of all abilities. In addition, Renee will share best practices for community engagement with local disability community partners, as well as tips for inclusive marketing.Author, blogger, speaker, trainer, and accessibility advocate Renee Grassi is a nationally recognized leader for library services for youth with disabilities. In 2012, she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her work in this area. Renee is currently the Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library in Minnesota.