WEEK 1: Monday, October 29, 2018
Session 1: Teens at the Helm: Preparing the Tech Leaders of Tomorrow
2:00-2:45 PM ET
A key element of engaging teens is about giving them the tools to take the lead in changing the future, and much of what’s altering the landscape of our world is tech-based. In this opening keynote, you’ll hear about why it’s more important than ever to equip young people with tech-chops and 21st-century skills, and how engaging them in STEM programming can not only delight, excite, and surprise them—but change their lives and the world forever.
Session 2: Cutting-Edge Gaming Programs for Teens
2:30-3:10 PM ET
In this session, learn from some of the best gaming in the library experts on how they take a high-interest topic and turn it into a substantial initiative to jumpstart important skills in young people. They’ll share ideas on how to get a program started, appealing to a wide audience, and using the most of-the-moment tech to get kids and the community involved.
3:10-3:20 PM ET
Session 3: Library, Community, and School Partnerships: Making the Most of a Teen’s Ecosystem
3:20-4:00 PM ET
The strongest library programs are often ones in which the library, schools, and the community come together to develop a dynamic, robust, and cohesive opportunity for patrons and students. With teen programming, this can be especially key, as it engages all elements of a young person’s environment. In this session, you’ll hear about programs that bring together all of these stakeholders to craft and cultivate opportunities for teens to enrich their learning, enable their futures, and empower themselves today.
WEEK 2: Monday, November 5, 2018
Session 1 : Podcasting and Sound Production: The Waves of the Future
2:00-2:45 PM ET
Podcasting is an extremely compelling trend that has resurged and captured the imaginations of adults and teens alike. In this session, you’ll hear how some library programs are engaging teens in podcasting and sound production, not only making the most of the latest technology, but also teaching them discrete sound engineering, communication, and storytelling skills that they can take with them into the future.
2:45-3:00 PM ET
Session 2: The Next Generation of Makers
3:00-3:30 PM ET
The Maker phenomenon has been around for years, but it has an exciting way of constantly evolving to inspire more and more people to take up the making mantle. In this session, you’ll hear from some of the most captivating maker projects available today and learn how you can take your maker programming to the next level. From breakerspaces to drone-building: these projects will make you—and your teen patrons—say wow.
Session 3: Making the Case for Your Teen Programming
3:30-4:00 PM ET
When developing a new program or initiative from scratch, it can be inherently daunting to consider how you’ll make the case for how necessary your program is—and even more, to secure funding. In this session, you’ll hear from an expert how to take a deep breath and focus your efforts in a way that yields results. Hear the top tips and tricks to making the best case for your program and developing a realistic budget—including ideas for sources of funding—in this informative and important session.