Arkansas library youth programmers to meet virtually for Youth Services Workshop

The Arkansas State Library will host the 2021 Youth Services Workshop on March 12 from
9 a.m to 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Keynote speaker, Jarrett Krosoczka will present three general sessions and practicing librarians will lead 12 breakout sessions.

 About Jarrett Krosoczka

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator behind more than forty books for young readers, including his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, select volumes of the Star Wars: Jedi Academy series, and Hey, Kiddo, which was a National Book Award Finalist. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores.

In addition to his work in print, Krosoczka co-produced, co-directed, and performed in the audiobook adaptation of his graphic memoir, which garnered both Audie and Odyssey Awards for excellence in audiobook production.

Krosoczka has been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and has delivered two TED Talks, which have collectively accrued more than two million views online. Young creatives can also hear Krosoczka weekly on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live and catch his wildly popular web show on YouTube, Draw Every Day with JJK.

Breakout sessions

Attendees will be able to choose three breakout sessions. Some of the topics include the following:

  • Recapturing your Middle Age Readers
  • Guides Your Library Should Have!
  • Synergy Session—Children (6-9 years)
  • Play to Learn–Toddler and Preschool Play Programs
  • Helping From Home: Teens Volunteering During a Pandemic
  • Arkansas Diamond Award
  • So, You’re a New Programming Librarian…Now What?
  • Charlie May Simon Award
  • Synergy Session—Teen
  • Covid-19
  • Arkansas Teen Book Award  
  • Summer Storytime Ideas
  • True Stories of Animals
  • Synergy Session—Tween

Weekly Zoom meetings for Library Programmers

Learning for library programmers continues throughout the year. Since last March, Library Development has held weekly Zoom training sessions. Programmers have the opportunity to share ideas and challenges they face in their libraries.

Library workers doing programming in Arkansas’s public libraries can join the weekly Zooms by sending an email to Ruth Hyatt at

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