British Columbia Library Association

Youth Services Institute 2020

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Knowledge, Artistry, and Reflection--Designing Thoughtful Programming for Children

Programming for children, such as storytimes, enables children to interact with and learn from grownups and each other, to reflect on and analyze the stories they read, and to form connections. To facilitate this learning, library practitioners use their knowledge and expertise to select materials that provide moments of play and discovery, thereby making storytimes rich informal learning environments. As designers, librarians look for opportunities to improve their practice, to reflect on ways to more effectively serve their communities, and to support the learning that is taking place for children and families. When librarians are aware of what they’re doing in the moment, they can approach their work as a dynamic, ongoing process that can change and adjust as communities similarly change and adjust. A reflective approach to developing, delivering, and assessing storytimes would enable practitioners to be intentional in their work and to advocate for the time, space, and effort they need to create innovative programs that meet community needs and aspirations.

Speaker Bio: J. Elizabeth Mills is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington Information School. She received her MLIS in 2013. Her research explores the role reflection plays in how librarians plan, deliver, and assess storytimes for young children in public libraries. Her work sits at the intersection of design theory and informal learning environments for young children. She has a background in children's publishing as an editor and author.


One coffee break included. Please bring your own lunch!

Registration will open on February 24 and closes on April 1.

Please note, this event does not include a refund if registration is cancelled.

For questions about the event, please contact Julia McKnight -


The workshop will take place on April 14, from 9.00 am - 3.00 pm at Richmond Public Library, Brighouse Branch.

The library is  accessible by public transit, use the Canada Line or see Translink to plan your trip. Paid parking is also available.

April 14th, 2020 9:00 AM   through   2:00 PM
Richmond Public Library
7700 Minoru Gate, #100
Richmond, BC V6Y 1R8
BCLA Member $ 50.00
Non-Member $ 60.00
Student (Lib Tech/ Lib) $ 40.00