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Focus Institute
2016 Focus Institute
The Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute is Sunday, September 25 through Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center.
Focus Institute participants will attend all of the following sessions:
  • Early language, literacy, and brain development
  • Early literacy storytimes and easy outreach
  • Rethinking shelving to help kids and their parents find the right book
  • Collection development to increase circulation of children's and teen materials
  • Children's and teen summer reading best practices and easy outreach
  • Everyone serves teens: Teen development
  • Selling it the Stacks: Help teens find the right book
  • Teens can help! Advisory councils and volunteers

The Focus Institute will cost participants $85 each. That fee covers three nights lodging, nine meals, and eight sessions. The State Library is able to keep costs low for participants because the Focus Institute is primarily funded by Library Services and Technology Act funds from the national Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Registration forms will be available on this webpage in July.

Contact Katie Anderson for more information.
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."