Get a Fresh Start - Unprogramming Webinar

I'm doing a webinar along with three of my favorite BFF-brarians on Wednesday March 6, sponsored by our state library agency. My part is on unprogramming - freeing yourself to play with content, literacy and kids as leaders in programs. What's about the rest? Read on:

Your youth services might be a well-oiled machine of systematic displays and story times, but how often do you look at WHY you do what you do? Sometimes you need to reinvent the wheel and break the mold. Hear from three youth services experts in the state on ways think of yourself as an educator (versus entertainer), literacy enthusiast (versus craft expert), and life changer (versus summer library soldier).

Mark your March calendar for:

3:00-4:00pm CST Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hosts: Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, DPI Library Consultant; Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System Youth Services and Outreach Coordinator; Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library (Janesville) Head of Youth Services; Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library Head of Youth Services

No need to register—just click the link on the scheduled meeting day and time. Sign in with your first name or library/school name. Webinars will be recorded and archived for later viewing. 
Here are some links referenced on the webinar to leave you an easy trail (I've scribbled links at webinars - all incorrectly so I want to give attendees a break):

Barbara Scott's Children's Programming blog - not too active recently except for Lego programs, but go back and find detailed plans for book parties. She is the inspiration for the way our programs have become unprogrammed!
Pubyac is the mother of all youth listservs. While stumpers can dominate, the programs shared are dynamite.

teachingbooks.net is rich with content focusing on youth book creators: trailers, author interviews, discussion questions and more.

Bryce Don't Play - yes, Sara works with me. Her blog is truly a trip into a young librarian's journey to awesome - from programs described to the ways of thinking why she does what she does. In this post she explains how to stay au courant with kids' passions and obsessions.

Pinterest. It's how I program now; I can say nothing more.

Hope you join us for an interactive good time!

P. S. The webinar is over. It was fun!  And this is where to find the archive under "Professional Development"

Image: 'Eggs-tra Special for You, Happy Easter!'  http://www.flickr.com/photos/66606673@N00/450373034 Found on flickrcc.net


  1. Is that 3-4 Central Time? I'm on the west coast.

  2. I'm going to try to attend this! Free webinars can be hard to come by. Thanks for letting us know.

  3. Is the archived webinar available?

    1. Why, yes, glad you asked! Never fear because the session is archived. You can access the session on this webpage http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_ys-sn#prof-dev under “Professional Development”

  4. PUBYAC is the mother? Wow ! So what does that make me, Marge? Am I the uber-mother then? :) --Shannon VH

    1. Why, the fairy godmother, of course!! Thanks for all you do on this venerable and valuable resource. You make-it-happen, girlfriend!