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Teen Summit is an entirely online and entirely free professional development conference for library staff who work with teens. 

2023 Schedule with recording links

2022 Schedule with recording links

Take a look at our 2021 lineup and recorded sessions.


Cultivating Affirmation and Belonging for LGBTQIA+ Youth
Examine statistics related to discrimination within libraries/schools and risks that LGBTQIA+ youth face on a day-to-day basis in their communities, then discuss ways that library professionals can improve the general climate of libraries and summer reading programs through various strategies from simple word choice to organizational policy change. An interactive safe space for all of your questions will be moderated by a CSLP Inclusion Committee member following the presentation portion. Digital resource handouts will be provided.


  • Participants will learn about implicit bias, the complexity and depth of gender, and explanation of acronyms.
  • Participants will be given strategies to create a welcoming environment in their Library and their Library’s summer reading program for LGBTQIA+ youth.

Kaleidoscope Youth Center in Columbus, Ohio (
Director of Education and Outreach: Amanda Erickson
Vision for Community Education and Professional Development: To expand the safe and affirming spaces of Kaleidoscope Youth Center into the greater community by working with organizations, community members, educators, and youth-serving professionals through education and consultation; and empowering youth leaders to organize their schools and local communities.

The closed captioned recording, slides, and handouts (including a FAQ) will be posted here:

Suicide Prevention Training - Virtual

November 16, 2022 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Connor’s Climb is on a mission to provide suicide prevention education to New Hampshire
youth and the community. In the aftermath of a suicide, family, friends and communities respond in different ways. When
Connor Ball died by suicide in October of 2011, his family and friends decided that on one else
should experience such a profound and life-altering loss. Connor’s Climb Foundation is the
result of their love for Connor and their commitment to end youth suicide.
Through the implementation of suicide education programs in New Hampshire schools and
agencies, Connor’s Climb Foundation helps educators, students and community members foster
help-seeking behaviors so that youth in need of supportive services either reach out for them, or
get referred to them by a peer, coach, teacher or other trusted adult.

In this 2-hour session, library staff will learn about risk factors, warning signs and protective
factors as they relate to youth suicide prevention. They will also learn to respond to struggling
students using the ACT formula (Acknowledge, Care, Tell).


Zoom Recording: Topic: Community Asset Mapping
Date: Feb 15, 2023 12:50 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Passcode: 0q2n=1eN


Asset Mapping template: PLEASE MAKE A COPY OR PRINT OUT!   Note: There are 6 pages to the jamboard!!





Many thanks to our Expert Presenter Nicole Rawlinson and to YALSA, COSLA and ILMS for the special funding for this workshop

ASAN Autistic Self Advocacy Network 

Mission: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!




Foundations of Choosing Love;  Teen Institute Program for Librarians--90 min Virtual (Recording) 

The transformational, rejuvenating benefits of giving and receiving “Nurturing, Healing Love” apply as much to those who teach the principles of Choose Love as to the students they teach.

Through an “experiential” exploration of the foundational components of the Choose Love Formula™, including Post Traumatic Growth, Mindfulness, Growth Mindset, Positive Intelligence, and Neuroscience, workshop participants will fortify their own social and emotional health while learning complementary therapeutic modalities and fun, creative ways to bring these lessons into the lives of teenage youth.

Choose Love Intro/Refresher-- 90 min Live-Virtual   Tuesday, November 16  11 am - 12:30 pm

Overview of the Choose Love Movement and our curriculum. Participants will learn about the researched benefits of the four character values of the Choose Love Formula (courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion in action) and understand how vital they are to implement in our daily lives.  This workshop will reveal the powerful story and lessons learned about how we can be a part of the solution to the issues we're experiencing in our schools, homes and communities including mental health, substance abuse and even violence. Gain understanding of how the tragedy at Sandy Hook turned into a worldwide Movement that is now in all 50 states and in over 110 countries.

The recording of From Diversity to Inclusion: How to Audit Your Collection and Why is now available:  Slides can be found at:


Kymberlee Powe, Children and YA Consultant for the Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development, dives into the makeup of the publishing industry. You will learn how to identify the difference between a diverse collection and an inclusive one and walk through the logistics of performing a diversity audit of your collection. The examples and resources provided in this session will focus on youth collections; however, the methodology of performing a diversity audit, and the reasons to do so, are universal to all collections.


This presentation is brought to you by the Connecticut State Library, in collaboration with the Indiana State Library, the Library of Michigan, and the State Library of Ohio.

Storywalk® Week 2021 - Chat with Sy Montgomery 

Friday, November 19th  @ 1 pm

Join us for a chat with Sy Montgomery, author of this year's featured Storywalk® Week book Becoming a Good Creature

Researching articles, films, and her 21 books for adults and children, nationally bestselling author Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Rwanda, hunted by a tiger in India, and swum with piranhas, electric eels and pink dolphins in the Amazon. Her work has taken her from the cloud forest of Papua New Guinea (for a book on tree kangaroos) to the Altai Mountains of the Gobi (for another on snow leopards.) For THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS (a National Book Award finalist) she befriended octopuses at the New England aquarium and scuba dived and snorkeled with wild octopuses in Mexico and French Polynesia; next she drew on her scuba skills to cage dive with great white sharks. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, the writer Howard Mansfield, their border collie Thurber, and their flock of free-range laying hens.

Click here for a recording

Does Your Library Live Free and Eat Local?

Free Webinar

Thursday, April 18 @ 1 pm

Colleen Stewart of the NH Food Alliance will host a webinar on a toolkit she created to connect New Hampshire's library communities with our local food system. She will share how librarians can use the resources and information in the toolkit to provide food-focused reading suggestions for all ages (the Live Free + Eat Local Reading Guide!), craft programming about local food for their patrons, and get their community involved in local food celebrations, like NH Eats Local Month in August. Join this webinar and become a partner!


More information about Colleen’s work:


The NH Food Alliance, the statewide network behind NH Eats Local Month, is coordinated by the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute. The NH Food Alliance engages and connects people dedicated to growing a thriving, fair, and sustainable local food system in the Granite State.  Learn more about the NH Food Alliance here:


NH Eats Local Month is a month-long collaborative grassroots marketing campaign that promotes New Hampshire grown, caught, and produced food by connecting Granite Staters directly to farmers, fishers, restaurants, food producers, markets and farm stands, and other food-related businesses. From the Seacoast to the North Country, NH Eats Local Month rallies around New Hampshire’s food and farm economy by gathering Farmers’ Market guides and Pick Your Own lists, sharing stories about farmers, chefs, brewers, and other food producers, and partnering with local food-focused organizations and businesses. Learn more about the NH Eats Local Month here:


Sign Up Here:


CLiF Community Literacy Conference

The CLiF Community Literacy Conference will be held on April 12, 2024 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT!

Keynote: Kekla Magoon

For more information:


Naturebrary PD Opportunities

Attention butterfly enthusiasts! The following webinars will serve as helpful refreshers on butterfly identification for previous participants. An exciting addition to this year’s online training series is the final session, focused on providing information for those interested in becoming a Volunteer Guide with the NH Butterfly Monitoring Network. In this role, you’ll support your local count circle coordinator by helping to lead groups during day-long butterfly surveys across the state in July. You don’t need to be an expert in butterfly identification to be a Volunteer Guide for the NH Butterfly Monitoring Network! Photographs can be taken to identify butterflies later on, using the help of technology and the support of experts already involved in the counts. Volunteer Guides just need to be excited about butterflies, willing to lead a small group outdoors, and interested in learning more.


Webinars in the series will include:


March 6 @ 6:30-7:30pm: Butterflies in New Hampshire

Heidi Holman, NH Fish & Game Department & Haley Andreozzi, UNH Extension

March 13 @ 6:30-7:30pm: Introduction to Identifying Butterflies

Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Biologist and volunteer with the Harris Center for Conservation Education

March 20 @ 6:30-7:30pm: How to Identify Hairstreaks & Blue Butterflies

George DeWolf, Coordinator of the Baker Pond Butterfly Count

March 27 @ 6:30-7:30pm: How to Identify Fritillary and Checkerspot Butterflies

Amy Highstrom, Coordinator of the Lake Sunapee Butterfly Count

April 3 @ 6:30-7:30pm: How to Identify Brown & Skipper Butterflies

Rick Van de Poll, Ecologist and Research Director at Tin Mountain Conservation Center

April 10 @ 6:30-7:30pm: Become a Volunteer Guide: NH Butterfly Monitoring Network

Haley Andreozzi, UNH Extension


For more information and to register for the session(s) you want to attend, visit All butterfly enthusiasts are welcome, with or without prior experience!

Check out two upcoming WILD workshops:

Aquatic WILD Educator Workshop with NH Fish & Game

This hands-on workshop is designed for K-12 teachers (formal, non-formal, & homeschool) who want to incorporate wildlife, environmental science, and nature into their classroom, club, library programs, or homeschool. All participants take home the Aquatic WILD Curriculum Guide from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 2023, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

WHERE: Living Shores Aquarium, Glen, NH

COST: $40.00



Project WILD Educator Workshop with NH Fish & Game

This hands-on workshop is designed for K-12 teachers (formal, non-formal, & homeschool) who want to incorporate wildlife, environmental science, and nature into their classroom, club, library programs, or homeschool. All participants take home the Project WILD Curriculum Guide from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, 2023, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

WHERE: Graylag Preserve, Pittsfield, NH

COST: $40.00



Becoming Readers E-Summit

New England library staff are invited to "Becoming Readers: Supporting All Kids on Their Reading Journey," a virtual summit centering young children and their families.

Explore topics such as supporting prenatal and newborn families, how kids learn to read, and the Mind in the Making early learning program. Join us for practical sessions aimed at equipping librarians with tools to empower children in their reading journey from infancy and beyond.

This virtual event is presented by the New England Collaborative, a partnership between the Connecticut State Library, Maine State Library, Massachusetts Library System, New Hampshire State Library, Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, and the Vermont Department of Libraries. Learn more about the New England Collaborative at


Register Here:




The Library Advocacy and Funding Conference, LAFCON 2024, is hosted online by EveryLibrary and the EveryLibrary Institute from July 24-26, 2024. The three-day event features over 80 on-demand sessions from experts in advocacy, community organizing, campaign management, fundraising, donor relations, and non-profit management. Over 1,800 library leaders from public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, and Friends and Foundations are expected to attend. Attendees will have 12 weeks to access the content after the event. 

Deborah Dutcher has negotiated a special 10% discount for NH Librarians. Please use the code "NHSLibrary" when registering. For the very best price, register before April 15th at the Early Bird rate.

LAFCON convenes and connects libraries with leading experts in their fields from outside of libraries. This format is unique among library conferences; it is designed to bring new skills and networking opportunities to school, public, and academic library staff, boards, and support organizations. Take advantage of these highly focused advocacy sessions by using our discount code when you register at

ACRES Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM

ACRES is a nationally acclaimed coaching program that builds knowledge and skills so afterschool educators, librarians and anyone who works with youth in out-of-school settings can confidently facilitate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences.

Facilitator Training

Free E-Course on Basic Facilitation Skills

"Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries" (2020) is a free asynchronous e-course created by the American Library Association (ALA).

Through six modules, it introduces library workers to the basics of leading conversations. (While created for small and rural libraries, the information is relevant to libraries of all sizes and types.)


Spotlight on Safety: Addressing Threats in Public Libraries

Public libraries are increasingly responding to violent and inflammatory speech and targeted attacks on their buildings, workers, and patrons. Over the last two weeks of September, libraries in five cities faced bomb or shooting threats that resulted in canceled events and closures. These incidents also come directly on the heels of widespread intimidation related to censorship in the past year. Thankfully, no one was hurt in these recent threats, but the stress and disruption of service take a toll on library workers and the communities they serve.

Facing such threats to our basic safety can often be traumatic and isolating. The Public Library Association (PLA)—in collaboration with the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)—invites all library workers to join a virtual event to reflect and share with public library colleagues across the country. During this event, panelists participated in a facilitated conversation that explored effective policies and practices to improve safety and security for library staff and patrons, and invited questions and resources to be shared among all attendees.


10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the New Hampshire State Library.