Check in with SNAILS! Free Online Videos and Training

Since SNAILS began in 2013, we have hosted a variety of knowledgeable guest speakers to provide training and learning for our members.  What makes the SNAILS networking group unique is that we go the extra mile to record parts of our meeting and share them online to provide opportunities for professional development to those that can't be with us in person.  You don't have to be a youth services librarian to learn something from these presentations--library staff from any type of library serving any age group can learn from these guest speakers. 

Whether you weren't able to make the trip to one of our Illinois library meeting locations, or you're from out of state and want to see what you can apply to your own library community, we have something for everyone!

Here's a short list of links to videos featuring guest presenters:

Giant Steps: Music therapist Kylie Kirksey from Giant Steps shares tips for using music in library programs to engage children on the autism spectrum. This video features only a snippet of what Kylie presented on May 5, 2015.

Naperville Public Library/Community Access Napervile:  Barb Prescott of Naperville Public Library and Sherry Healey of Community Access Naperville talk about their on-going partnership and the monthly library programming they developed for young adults with developmental disabilities. Their presentation was made on May 5, 2015.

National Lekotek Center Presentation: Hayley Anderson from the National Lekotek Center talks about the value of play to children of all abilities and the services Lekotek offers to families and organizations, such as libraries. This presentation was recorded at the November 12, 2014.

Using Apps with Children with Special Needs: Tamara Kaldor, M.S. and Founder of Chicago Play Pro, demonstrates a variety of apps and shares helpful tips and strategies for how to use apps and various online tools with children with disabilities.  This presentation was recorded on August 13, 2014.

JJ's List Presentation:  JJ Hanley, founder of talks about the mission of the organization and explains how libraries can receive disability awareness training, add their libraries to the JJsList business directory, and support the work of JJsList. This presentation also covers disability friendly customer service strategies for serving all abilities.  This presentation was recorded on February 12, 2014.

Sensory Storytime Presentation: Renee Grassi and Sue Parsons talk about the value of offering Sensory Storytime and outline three models that can be replicated at other libraries. This presentation was recorded at a SNAILS networking meeting on November 13, 2013.

Sensory Storytime Demonstration: Sue Parsons of Plainfield Public Library District, demonstrates a sample of her Sensory Storytime. Sue's presentation was recorded at a SNAILS networking meeting on November 13, 2013.  

Reminder! Our next SNAILS meeting is scheduled for February 10, 2016 at the Glen Ellyn Public LibrarySend your RSVP to Renee Grassi if you're interested in attending!