NWKLS-Family Engagement Workshop
Event Timing: April 25th, 2019
Event Held at: The Buffalo Bill Cultural Center 3083 US-83, Oakley, KS 67748 Oakley, KS 67748

Registration: 9:30 am-10:00 am
Workshop: 10:00 am-2:30 pm

Morning Speaker: Tammie Benham 10:00-11:45
Morning Session: Tammie Benham

Tammie Benham began her professional life as an elementary teacher in Topeka. She completed her first MS in early childhood special education and worked as Library Director for a KU Affiliate program special collection. She spent nineteen years providing training and technical assistance on topics in early childhood and family engagement. Tammie was a former Early Childhood Director for Family Engagement in Kansas , served as the Children’s Department Head at the Joplin Public Library and now is the Youth Consultant for the Southeast Kansas Library System.

Goal for this presentation:
How can librarians create an environment in which both child and caretaker are actively engaged?

Research shows that the more engaged a family is in the early education of a child, the more successful the child will be in school and in life. Traditional story times involves the librarian using early literacy strategies to capture the attention of young children. Expanded recommended practices include providing information to families regarding developmental milestones, as well as research and standards. Yet it remains common to see adult family members disengage during the story time experience of their children, expecting the librarian to take center stage.

This session will demonstrate a Teach, Practice, Apply approach designed to expand a focused attention during story time by planning for family engagement as part of the story time experience. With an emphasis on the 5 R’s of Family Engagement from ALA and HFRP, this approach sets expectations for adults to be included in literacy building and provides opportunities for their engagement by including encouragement in program planning.

Participants in this session will walk away with an expanded understanding of Family Engagement during story time. Ideas that have been field-tested to promote and encourage consistent family engagement during story time attendance will be showcased.


Afternoon Speaker: Karen Gillihan & Marcy Melia 12:30-1:15
Karen Gillihan has been with the Goodland Public Library since 1996 and took over as Director in 2005. Her experience and expertise with children and library services is extensive. Marcy Melia began with the Goodland Public Library while she was still in high school and worked there three years before going on to become the library's Children's Librarian. She has now served in that role for almost 12 years. The parents and the community of Goodland truly cherish these two ladies and all the programming, love and care they have shown their patrons and community over their many years.

In 2012 always striving to improve their services, they embarked on a new program called Family Place Libraries. Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in a young child’s growth and development. The overall goal of Family Place Libraries is to develop and institutionalize a family friendly environment by transforming libraries into community centers for literacy, early childhood development, parent education and engagement, family support and community information.

This presentation will allow Karen and Marcy to share with other libraries, their journey towards becoming a Family Place Library.

Afternoon Speaker: Dian Burns 1:30-2:15
Dian Burns is the Director of the Bird City Public Library and over the past 4 years has successfully created an environment of excitement, growth and a revitalization of the library and its programming. Dian has worked tirelessly to provide new services, especially in the realm of Digital Services for her patrons.

In the Spring of 2018, Dian developed an idea to involve her school community as an integral part of the public libraries' services for children. The initial goal was to set up a program for all Cheylin Middle & High School users to have access to Hoopla. Dian worked with the new Superintendent at the school and his excitement was the catalyst for what became known as the Cheylin Limitless Libraries, and is currently being piloted within the schools. The kick-off of the program involved a mandatory in-service for all teachers and was a huge success.

Dian will focus on how she created this initiative, the struggles she faced, the successes, and ultimately the plan for the future of Cheylin Limitless Libraries.

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