Registration is Now Open for Fall Youth Services Workshops

Registration for four Fall Youth Services Workshops is now open! Please click on a link below to take you to the simple registration form for your selected workshop.

All workshops will run from 10:00 am-4:00 pm, and the same content will be covered on each date – see below for a description of each session.

October 22: Mesa County Libraries, Grand Junction

October 25: Durango Public Library

November 8: Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Colorado Springs

November 22: Longmont Public Library

Unlike the past few years, there will be a $25 fee to attend these workshops to cover lunch and a light breakfast. If you prefer to bring your own food, there will be no fee.


Who’s Watching the Kids This Summer?

Intro to Family, Friend and Neighbor Care In the first part of this 2-hour section of the workshop, the Growing Readers Together (GRT) Expansion Team will present the GRT Success Cycle, to guide building relationships with special populations through really knowing your audience, connecting with community organizations, dreaming big, and inspiring change. During the summer months, the childcare landscape shifts and many teens, grandparents, and neighbors find themselves caring for younger children. By investing in relationships with these Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FNN) caregivers now, you set the stage for a summer of learning. In the second part, we will demonstrate easily replicated early literacy games and activities from the Growing Readers Together FFN workshops that can be taught to teen babysitters, grandparents, or other caregivers; or grown into a program of its own.

Summer Program Time!

In this 2-hour section of the workshop, we’ll explore the why’s and how’s of summer programs, including trends in tracking, incentives, and moving from summer reading to summer learning. We’ll look at the many improvements to the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), and then take a fun, interactive dive into the 2020 summer theme of Imagine Your Story (fairy/folk tales, fantasy, mythology), with a look at the artwork and much changed CSLP manual along with lots of brainstorming, hands-on activities, and programming and partnering ideas. So much to explore!

Best. Summer. Ever.

How to Create the Summer Program Your Community Wants Ever wonder what your community REALLY wants and needs in youth programming and services? In this 1-hour section of the workshop, we’ll investigate why and how to gather input from your community members of all ages on their needs and desires for a summer program—and library services year-round. From parent focus groups to dot boards in the grocery store to happy hour brainstorming sessions, we’ll look at a variety of ways to seek input about your services. Then we’ll shift to translating that input into do-able programs and services that will be of high interest to your community.

If you have any questions about the workshops, contact Beth Crist at

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