Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

Using Fandom to Build STEAM, Summer Camps, and Youth and Community Engagement

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 201 ABC

Over five years, thousands of teens have attended the annual Potter Yule Ball and the anime convention ToshoCON at the Salt Lake County (UT) Library. Building on this success, a summer Hogwarts STEAM camp was born. This session will prepare you to harness the power of fandom to create equally popular and successful STEAM based programs, regardless of the size of your program, budget, or library.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Be prepared to do a needs assessment of their community 2: Have begun an asset map of their community, and will have identified potential partners and how to begin relationship building in the community 3: Have learned how to incorporate social, emotional and educational skills, as well as STEAM concepts, into programming in a fun and engaging way

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.

This session will have: High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application)

Handouts: Download 1   Download 2   Download 3   Download 4   Download 5  

Track: Play

Tags: Serving Youth, Partnerships and Collaboration, Popular Culture, Programming/Services, Project Management, Trends and Forecasting, Youth Services


Nyssa Fleig, Library Program Manager
Salt Lake County Library Services , Cottonwood Heights , UT

Nyssa Fleig is the Library Program Manager for Salt Lake County Library Services, focusing on programs, outreach and partnerships. She is passionate about providing library resources to the underserved and most at risk, and has previously presented about programs and resources for refugees and immigrants.

Stephanie Anderson, Senior Librarian, Youth (6-18)
Salt Lake County Library Services , Cottonwood Heights , UT

Stephanie has worked with high risk youth for the last ten years of her career. Her background in social work lends a unique perspective to programming. She received the NACO award in 2015 for a storytime partnership with the Primary Children's Hospital, and also received the Utah Library Association's Community Engagement Award in 2017. Stephanie focuses on youth outreach, programs and partnerships for the Salt Lake County Library system.

David Woodruff, Event Coordinator, Library?s Viridian Event Center
Salt Lake County Library Services , West Jordan , UT

David comes to the library with 14 years of event experience, and the library's Viridian Event Center has given him a chance to stretch his creativity. Together with a great team of dedicated librarians, he has had the chance to breathe life into community events based around specific authors, popular novels, and other avenues of literature and fandom, focusing on new and innovative ways to keep libraries meaningful.

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