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2020 CYP Annual Unconference
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When: March 27, 2020
Where: Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Dr
Minnetonka, Minnesota  55305
United States
Contact: Kristin Schneider

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In accordance with CDC guidelines and our commitment to preventing the spread of COVID19, MLA board and event organizers have taken the unfortunate precaution of cancelling this event.
If you have already registered for this event, our staff are developing methods for managing refund requests for the paid events. Look for an email with instructions on how to access your refund.  We are continuing to move forward with the MLA 2020 Conference October 1-2 in Duluth.


2020 MLA Children & Young People's Unconference
Friday, March 27th - 9am-1pm
Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Dr. Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305


The Children and Young People's section of the Minnesota Library Association invites you to our 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.

Who should attend?
This is a day of learning for anyone who cares about youth, families and libraries. That includes children's librarians, teen librarians, paraprofessionals, and those aspiring to work with youth in libraries.

There will be light refreshments served in the morning and during breaks.

Registration Information
Registration for this conference is FREE to MLA members; $10 for non-members. A certificate of attendance is available on request, but CEUs are not available.


Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka , MN 55305

Highlights from Schedule of the Day
-Networking opportunities
-Welcome and MLA Updates from MLA CYP Chair, Kristin Schneider
-Presentations from Dakota County Library and Ramsey County Library
-Breakout Discussions
-Offered after the unconference and limited to 15 people:
"I am a book" tour - a behind the scenes tour of what it takes to get a book into the hands of a Hennepin County Library patron.

"Summer STEAM at the Wentworth Library" with Katie Polley, Teen Librarian at Wentworth Library in the Dakota County Library system. STEAM activities don't have to be complicated. In fact, simpler is usually better! Attendees will learn how Wentworth Public Library created a series of successful and inexpensive STEAM programs tied into summer reading themes, used common crafting materials, and could easily be duplicated by kids and parents at home. Summer STEAM has been so successful that it will continue for a third series in 2020.

"Maker vs. STEAM" with Nicole Brinkman, Children's Librarian at Roseville Library in the Ramsey County Library system. Does your library do Maker programs? Do you do STEM/STEAM programs? What's the difference and what's the best fit for your library? After 3 solid years of weekly STEAM programming Ramsey County Libraries in Roseville has switched to Maker Kids. What happened? Come hear about what we have been doing and what the future may hold.

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