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When: 4/29/2016
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Brainerd Public Library
416 S. 5th Street
Brainerd, Minnesota  56401
United States
Contact: Monica Stratton

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WHAT: Children and Young People 3rd Annual Unconference 

WHEN: April 29, 2016 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM

WHERE: Brainerd Public Library, 416 S. 5th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

What’s an Unconference?
The Children and Young People’s Section of the Minnesota Library Association invites you to our 3rd Annual Unconference event. What’s an Unconference? It’s a conference where we’ll hear from marvelous Minnesota children’s librarians on their areas of expertise. This is a chance to share what we know best, and a place to ask questions and share ideas and best practices.

This year we’re focusing on STEM and STEM programming for youth services librarians in the state, but we hope there will be many future years of Unconferences to allow us to explore technology for kids, teen services, summer reading, and whatever topics are near and dear to you.

Who Should Attend?
This is a day of learning for anyone who cares about children and libraries. That includes children’s librarians, paraprofessionals, and those aspiring to work with kids in libraries!

Call for Volunteers
We would like three volunteers to serve as a Breakout Session leader. Duties would entail making sure notes are taken at the session and keeping the conversation flowing. Please contact Monica Stratton at to volunteer as a Breakout Session leader.

What’s the deal with lunch? That’s up to you! We will not be offering a catered lunch option but there are several restaurants in the area. If you wish to bring your own lunch, there will be access to a refrigerator.

Registration Information
This conference is FREE to members, and $10 for non-members but we do ask that you let us know you’re coming by registering. A certificate of attendance is available on request, but CEUs are not available for this event.


  1. 10:30-11:00: Arrive/Register/Network
  2. 11:00-1:30: STEM Program Training with TPT's SciGirls (includes brief break for lunch)
  3. 1:30-2:00: STEM Program Sharing
  4. 2:00-2:45: Breakout Sessions 
    1. Multitasking and Youth Services Work
    2. Diversity discussion on "George Washington's Birthday Cake"
    3. Baby Storytime brainstorming
  5. 2:45-3:00 Wrap-up

If you have questions, please contact Monica Stratton at



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