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Monday, November 5
 

1:30pm PST

Tackling Anxiety & Stress Through Creative Arts Programming
At this workshop, you will experience a heightened story-telling experience performed by Briar Boake of the story “Milton’s Secret” by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman. Using the lessons in the story and mindfulness techniques students learn how to stay in the moment and cope with fear and anxiety.

The second part of the workshop will sample The T.A.S.A.M. (Tackling Anxiety and Stress through Arts and Mindfulness) program which uses a Creative Arts education approach (storytelling, visual arts, drama and mindful movement), in conjunction with an expert in child development to introduce strategies and tools that will effectively manage the challenges of everyday anxiety and stress for years to come. It is a discussion facilitated by Jennifer Kay a Child and Youth Counsellor and Mental Health advocate, where the participants will be able to take the tips and tools learned in this workshop immediately back to “real world” situations to implement. Topics that will be covered include-

• How to maintain an organized and predictable environment
• Ways to be mindful of your own body language and tone and its effect on your environment
• How to make transitions easier
• Ways to listen when students share their worries or anxieties
• Strategies to normalize anxious and worried feelings
• Sharing media and resources that help to reduce the stigma of anxiety
• Having realistic expectations and adjusting expectations
• Communicating with parents and caregivers


Speakers
BB

Briar Boake

Briar Boake is an engaging facilitator and workshop leader. She is a specialist in teaching Yoga and Mindful Awareness to children and holds a degree with high distinction from University of Toronto in Teaching and Learning Second Languages. A professional actor and musical entertainer... Read More →
JK

Jennifer Kay

Jennifer Kay is a Child and Youth Counsellor and mental health advocate who has been working with children and families in Toronto for over a decade both privately and in clinical settings. Her vast experience began working for the Hospital for Sick Children as a Crisis Worker, and... Read More →


Monday November 5, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8

1:30pm PST

Taking Tech to the Next Level: Interactive Petting Zoo
STEAM programming gone stale? Robots getting rusty? Explore exciting new technology-based program offerings from libraries around Ontario that you can replicate. Not only can you play with the fun tech projects in this petting zoo but you can also get practical advice from the library staff who made them!

Monday November 5, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8

3:00pm PST

Battling Burnout: Creating a Stress-Less Zone
Don't let burnout drag you down! Release some stress with some soothing activities, fun, and new friends. You are even able to learn how to create a Stress-Less Zone in your own library while sharing tales of favourite activities to help your youth avoid burning out as well.


Monday November 5, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8

3:00pm PST

Library Space Renewal at Various Budget Points
In all of our schools, library spaces are at the very heart. Students, staff, parents/caregivers, and volunteers don't have to be here: they WANT to be! If you are feeling like this is not the case in your school or library building, let's look at resources, furnishings and technology to renew your space on a small, medium, or large budget! And for those with very tight purse strings, let's plot user data that will leverage support (and funds!) for your library renewal.

Speakers
avatar for Shobna Gopaul

Shobna Gopaul

Library Technician, White Oaks Secondary School
Shobna Gopaul is a University of Waterloo graduate.  She is also a recent graduate from the Library and Information Technician program at Mohawk College.  Shobna is currently the full-time Library Technician at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville, ON.  She is passionate about... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Trotter

Stephanie Trotter

Elementary School Library Technician, Halton District School Board
Stephanie Trotter is a graduate of the Library and Information Technician program at Seneca College and has been in her current role as an Elementary School Library Technician with the Halton District School Board for the past ten years. The role involves balancing the individualized... Read More →
avatar for Jeanette Weatherill

Jeanette Weatherill

Library Technician, Halton District School Board
Jeanette Weatherill has been enjoying a diverse and evolving career as a Library Technician with the Halton District School Board since 2001. Having started out as the Technician in the amazing Acton District High School Library, Jeanette now works centrally out of School Program... Read More →


Monday November 5, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8
 
Tuesday, November 6
 

1:15pm PST

Promoting Diversity Through Children’s Literature #ReadIndigenous
All children should be able to walk into a library, classroom, or bookstore and see themselves reflected and their lives reflected. Unfortunately, it is still not the case for many Indigenous children and youth across Canada. With more and more excellent books by First Nations,  Métis and Inuit writers and illustrators  being published each year, there is a great opportunity to promote the reading and sharing of books by Indigenous authors among Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and youth, their families, educators and community members.  This presentation will focus on the diverse literature available for young readers that explores Indigenous experience and expression and will offer a sneak peek at From Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books a project initiated by IBBY Canada in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.  From Sea to Sea to Sea is a selection of 100 of the best books by Indigenous authors, ranging from board books to picture books for older readers. This discussion will include a conversation about the development and suggestions for using the collection, and an advanced look at some of the carefully selected Indigenous children’s picture books.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis

Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis

Educator, Author, Artist, Consultant
Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is of Anishinaabe/Ojibway ancestry and proud member of Nipissing First Nation. She is an educator, researcher, artist and conference speaker who has over 15 years of experience supporting the advancement of Indigenous education and literature at all levels. Jenny’s... Read More →
avatar for Mary Beth Leatherdale

Mary Beth Leatherdale

Writer, Editor, Consultant, President, IBBY Canada
Mary Beth Leatherdale writes, edits, and consults who on books, magazines and digital resources for children and youth. She is the author of Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees, a Silver Birch Award, Honour Book among other honours. Recently, Mary Beth with Lisa Charleyboy... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8

1:15pm PST

Tackling Anxiety & Stress Through Creative Arts Programming - TAKE 2
At this workshop, you will experience a heightened story-telling experience performed by Briar Boake of the story “Milton’s Secret” by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman. Using the lessons in the story and mindfulness techniques students learn how to stay in the moment and cope with fear and anxiety.

The second part of the workshop will sample The T.A.S.A.M. (Tackling Anxiety and Stress through Arts and Mindfulness) program which uses a Creative Arts education approach (storytelling, visual arts, drama and mindful movement), in conjunction with an expert in child development to introduce strategies and tools that will effectively manage the challenges of everyday anxiety and stress for years to come. It is a discussion facilitated by Jennifer Kay a Child and Youth Counsellor and Mental Health advocate, where the participants will be able to take the tips and tools learned in this workshop immediately back to “real world” situations to implement. Topics that will be covered include-

• How to maintain an organized and predictable environment
• Ways to be mindful of your own body language and tone and its effect on your environment
• How to make transitions easier
• Ways to listen when students share their worries or anxieties
• Strategies to normalize anxious and worried feelings
• Sharing media and resources that help to reduce the stigma of anxiety
• Having realistic expectations and adjusting expectations
• Communicating with parents and caregivers


Speakers
BB

Briar Boake

Briar Boake is an engaging facilitator and workshop leader. She is a specialist in teaching Yoga and Mindful Awareness to children and holds a degree with high distinction from University of Toronto in Teaching and Learning Second Languages. A professional actor and musical entertainer... Read More →
JK

Jennifer Kay

Jennifer Kay is a Child and Youth Counsellor and mental health advocate who has been working with children and families in Toronto for over a decade both privately and in clinical settings. Her vast experience began working for the Hospital for Sick Children as a Crisis Worker, and... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8

2:30pm PST

Middle Years Strategy
In this session you will learn about the province's Middle Years Strategy, its strengths and shortcomings, and what it means for libraries. We will also explore strategies for employing the strategy, and reflect on how our programs and services support the development of middle years children. 

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Davey

Douglas Davey

Halton Hills Public Library
Douglas Davey is the Manager of Children’s and Youth Services at the Halton Hills Public Library. Douglas is a frequent presenter on a variety of library-related topics, and is currently an Ontario Public Library Association council member. He has Bachelors degrees in both Art and... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8

2:30pm PST

Taking Tech to the Next Level: Interactive Petting Zoo - TAKE 2
STEAM programming gone stale? Robots getting rusty? Explore exciting new technology-based program offerings from libraries around Ontario that you can replicate. Not only can you play with the fun tech projects in this petting zoo but you can also get practical advice from the library staff who made them!

Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8