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Thursday, April 20 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Crushing it in the Classroom: Classroom Management Skills for Public Librarians Serving Youth

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We entertain and inform with storytimes and booktalks, but what do you do when you need to go into full teacher mode? April and Sonja will share strategies honed through hundreds of days speaking in unfamiliar classrooms filled with new-to-them students in local schools. Set in the context of developmental stages, this session will include best practices on keeping students engaged and teachers satisfied while providing instruction on information literacy, research skills, and reading. The session will also cover tips gathered from host teachers on how to set up visiting speakers for success. Audience members can share their own ideas and resources during an interactive question and answer segment, and will walk away confident and ready for the next request for in-school instruction.

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Sonja Somerville

Teen Services Librarian, Salem Public Library
Sonja Somerville is a recovering journalist and erstwhile grant developer and marketing specialist who finally decided what she really wanted to be was a librarian. She has her MLIS from Drexel University and The Funnest Job Ever getting teens excited about books, planning wildly... Read More →
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April Witteveen

Community and Teen Services Librarian, Deschutes Public Library
April has been a librarian with DPL for nearly a dozen years (!) and she loves the fact that every day brings a chance to learn something new. She loves to read YA fiction with strong female characters and hefty doses of twists and turns. Outside work, April loves to explore the outdoors... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Santiam Room 6 Salem Convention Center