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Focus Institute
2016 Focus Institute
The next Focus on Children's and Young Adults Institute will take place in 2016. Details will be available on this webpage in July 2016.
The sessions presented at the 2014 Focus Institute were:
  • Language, Literacy and Early Brain Development (Katie Anderson presenting Joann Contini’s session)
  • Early Literacy 101 (Rick Samuelson)
  • Storytime Best Practices (Rick Samuelson)
  • Afterschool Programs for the Elementary Set (Korie Jones Buerkle)
  • Becoming Thinkers (Barbara Steinberg)
  • Outreach (Maria Aguilar)
  • Summer Reading (Emily David and LuCinda Gustavson)
  • Everyone Serves Teens (Deborah Gitlitz)
  • Selling it in the Stacks to Teens (Ruth Allen)
  • Teen Programming (K’Lyn Hann)
About Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute
The Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute seeks to provide a foundation of professional knowledge about youth services necessary for the operation of small public libraries.  Participants will attend several training sessions over the course of three and a half days.  The sessions concentrate on the principles of public library services to children and teens, and how to put those principles into practice.  Session topics may change from year to year based on research, library practices, and trends which change and improve continually.  Feedback from the previous Focus Institute participants is also considered when planning session topics.  Training sessions are presented by highly skilled, experienced Youth Services Librarians in Oregon.  Presenters are typically active members of the Oregon Library Association's Children's Services Division (CSD) and Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN).
The Focus Institute is held in September of even numbered years.  Registration is limited to 25 participants. It is designed for library staff who serve children and teens, and have no graduate level education in librarianship.  Staff from libraries that are not yet offering youth services programs constitute the highest priority for the Institute, if attendance will result in the library implementing programs for youth.   
The Focus Institute is able to keep costs low for participants because it is primarily supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

About the Conference Site
Past the stone entry, a forest embraces travelers along a serpentine road. The destination: a one hundred acre sanctuary in the Columbia River Gorge. Seven hundred feet above one of the nation's epic rivers, this is a place where bald eagles float their shadows across old growth conifers; where trails may lead to heirloom gardens or perennial springs. It's called "Menucha " (Men-oo-ka), a Hebrew word meaning "ever-changing stillness."