2019 CAYAS Fall Workshop: Diversify Your Services, Refocus your STEM Lens

Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Friday, November 15 2019, 10am–4pm



Join public and school library professionals for a day of learning! Discover strategies for using Children’s & Young Adult Literature to engage readers of all ages with discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Be introduced to new story time practices and new books for youth. Learn about providing STEM programming in a library setting. This workshop is appropriate for anyone serving ages 0 through 18 in libraries. Breakfast and snacks provided. Lunch on your own.

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Registration Prices
WLA Member $95
WLA Student Member $70
Non-Member $125


Dr. Michelle H. Martin holds a Ph.D. in English, specializing in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, and for the past 23 years has taught Education, English, and Library Science students in higher education. A tireless advocate for literacy and social justice, Martin is the founder of Read-a-Rama (www.Read-a-Rama.org), a non-profit that offers year round programming that uses children's books as the springboard for all activities. Dr. Martin was the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of SC from 2011-2016 and now holds the Beverly Cleary Professorship at the University of Washington.

J. Elizabeth Mills is a PhD Candidate and Research Assistant at the University of Washington Information School. She received her MLIS in 2013. Her research interests center around exploring the role reflection plays in how librarians develop, deliver, and assess storytimes for young children in public libraries. Her work sits at the intersection of design theory and informal learning environments for young children. She also has a background in children's publishing as an editor and author.

Megan Burton is the STEM and Learning Supervisor at the Kitsap Regional Library system in Bremerton, Washington. Megan drives the Make Do Share STEM Learning framework and Community Learning Internship at Kitsap. She coaches staff in co-designing equitable learning opportunities for and with the community, and serves as a liaison to other connected libraries and educators. In 2017, she co-authored a book with YALSA, "Putting Teens First in Library Services: A Roadmap."

Shelby Barnes is the STEM and Learning Assistant at the Kitsap Regional Library system in Bremerton, Washington. Shelby co-leads an internship opportunity at the Kitsap Regional Library (KRL) for young adults. She coaches mentors to help them provide interns with college and career readiness through self-led explorative learning. Shelby works with interns to help them turn their interests and passions into a project where they can simultaneously explore while gaining workforce skills. In 2016, she wrote an article about internships for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s quarterly journal.