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Thursday, October 26, 2023 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Alachua County Library District Cone Park Branch
2801 E. University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32641

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Teen Services Essentials - Gainesville (10/26/23)

Looking for ways to better serve the teens in your community? Explore the wonderful world of
teen services!

Do you need some help in working with your library's Teens? Join library veterans Amber Holley and Elizabeth McConney in this day-long workshop. They will show you how to best work with established library standards. Gain knowledge on what Teens are reading, what programs bring them into the building and how to keep them coming back!

Participants will learn useful tips and techniques for working with young adults. We will review adolescent developmental needs and life experiences. We will discuss best practices for interacting with teens and how librarians can support the 40 developmental assets. We will explore what's trending in teen publishing, collection development, and readers advisory strategies as well as advocacy for teens. 

Registration for this event closes Friday, October 20.

We are offering this same workshop in Daytona Beach in late February if that is more convenient for you. Registration for that session is also open: Click here to register for Daytona Beach in February

Trainers: Artistic Literacy, Inc.

Amber Holley has worked with Jacksonville Public Library since 2004 in several libraries both large and small, urban and suburban. She has worked as a teen librarian, children’s librarian, and a branch manager. She is currently the Manager of Learning Services. Amber has been presenting training to other librarians since 2007. She has a B.A. from New College of Florida, a M.L.I.S. from University of South Florida, and is a graduate of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute

Elizabeth McConney has been providing art programming at libraries and schools in northeast Florida since 2005. With a B.A. in Visual Arts from New College of Florida, Elizabeth is a studio artist who works by commission. She is currently a Literacy Content Specialist for the Lastinger Center at the University of Florida College of Education.

Jennifer Parker recently entered her 37th year of public service and her 31st year as the Branch Manager of the Green Cove Springs Library, a small urban facility in North Florida. She has been developing and implementing programs for children, teens, and adults since 1988. Since the 1990s, Jennifer has also served as an event planner for several educational, non-profit organizations. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.

Cost: NEFLIN classes are free of charge for Florida library staff. Registration is required for all classes and NEFLIN members get priority.

This project was funded either under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Library Cooperative Grant program. Florida’s LSTA and LCG programs are administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. 

For FY2022-23, the total state and federal budgets for NEFLIN's programs are $688,109. 42% of the total costs ($288,109) are supported by federal funds, and 58% of this program ($400,000) is supported by state funds.