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Tips for Virtual, Outdoor, In-Person Programming During COVID-19 – Children, Youth, and Family (90 Minutes)

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May 26, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Tips for Virtual, Outdoor, In-Person Programming During COVID-19 – Children, Youth, and Family (90 Minutes)


Wednesday, May 26th, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST


This interactive and informative 90-minute webinar will introduce emerging practices, fundamental methods, and knowledge to empower library staff to:


  • incorporate children, youth, and family programming during the COVID-19 pandemic challenge,
  • design, implement, and assess programs, including the use of take-home kits,
  • reinvent their role with customers,
  • strengthen collaborations among peers and community partners,
  • help make the library a magnet drawing people into a realm to elevate an individual’s capacity for learning, discovering excellence, and contributing to life no matter the challenge.


An emphasis will be placed on virtual programming, however, examples of all program types – virtual, outdoor, in-person, and hybrid (in-person and virtual) – will be used for all sizes of libraries, budgets, and ambition.


As a result of this program, attendees will be able to:


  • Identify three effective practices for designing and implementing a program in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic challenges
  • Explain three ways to set up behind the scenes practices to help make virtual programs run more smoothly
  • Describe four ways a production assistant and program presenters work together to make a program happen
  • Identify two effective methods for assessing how to create a dynamic program (virtual, outdoor, in-person, or hybrid) no matter your library’s size, budget or level of ambition
  • Visualize one new way to move forward with creating an exciting program or revamping a pre-COVID program and identify next steps

Dorothy Stoltz ~ Biography


Dorothy is the Director for Community Engagement at the Carroll County Public Library in Westminster, Maryland. She has been fortunate to pull together teams of wonderfully talented people to co-write books for ALA Editions including:


Transform and Thrive: Ideas to Invigorate Your Library and Your Community (2018); Inspired Collaboration: Ideas for Discovering and Applying Your Potential (2016); The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces (2015); Every Child Ready for School: Helping Adults Inspire Children to Learn (2013); and, Tender Topics: Picture Books about Childhood Challenges (2013).


Carrie Sanders ~ Biography


Carrie Sanders is the Youth Services Coordinator for the Maryland State Library, where she provides consultation and training to youth services coordinators for all Maryland public libraries in the areas of early literacy skills, media mentorship, STEAM programming, teen services, family engagement, and other initiatives surrounding youth services. Previous experience includes a decade of service as a school librarian and also public library work as a children’s librarian.

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