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Programming Ideas for Librarians: Summer Programming Workshop for Youth Services Librarians

This online resource guide is designed to provide librarians with programming ideas, information and resources.


In light of Governor Dunleavy's declaration of a public health disaster in response to the COVID-19 anticipated outbreak in Alaska, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Youth Services Workshop.


On Friday, March 27, 2020 a Summer Programing Workshop for Youth Services Librarians will be held at the Z.J. Loussac Library in the Learning Commons located on the 4th floor.  This full day workshop will include presentations by Youth Services Librarians Elizabeth Nicolai, Sara Saxton, Claudia Haines and MJ Grande and Amelia Jenkins. The workshop will also feature demonstrations, hands-on learning activities and networking opportunities. Lunch will be provided during the workshop.

At the conclusion of the workshop:

  • Participants will report that they feel more confident about designing and delivering their summer reading program
  • Participants will report that they will apply an outcome based evaluation at the conclusion of their summer reading program
  • Participants will report that they feel more knowledgeable about reaching underserved audiences in their library.

Workshop participants will leave the training excited and ready to implement the Dig Deeper:Read. Investigate, Discover! summer reading theme. 


Claudia Haines is the Youth Services Librarian at the Homer Public Library.  She supports the diverse literacy and learning needs of kids, teens and families with dynamic programs and access to great media of all kinds. She works on projects locally and nationally that support families and literacy in a connected world.

Sara Saxton is the Youth Services Librarian at Wasilla Public Library in Wasilla, Alaska.  She has worked in libraries for more than 15 years and specializes in early literacy and developmental play.  Sara is currently a member of the Amelia Bloomer Project, which selects the best feminist literature for readers ages 0 to 18 annually.  When not over-committing in the library world, Sara enjoys music, movies, and yarn sports.

Elizabeth Nicolai is the Youth Services Coordinator for the Anchorage Public Library. She has worked as a librarian for 15 years in 3 states, most notably serving on the 2012 Newbery committee. Her librarian passions are services for children, diverse books, and helping the patrons who come to you not the ideal imaginary patron you would like. She lives in Anchorage with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and far too many books and craft supplies.


Amelia Jenkins weaing a silly mask.

Amelia was born and raised in Alaska and earned an MLIS from the University of Hawaii. She has worked at state and university libraries and has been in her current position in the Juneau Public Libraries for nearly 20 years. 

Registration CLOSED

Registration to the Youth Services Workshop has been closed.

We have reached our workshop capacity.  Please contact Julie Niederhauser at if you would like to be added to the wait list.


Workshop Resources