Wednesday, May 16th
Gene Nelson is the Director of the Provo City Library and is celebrating his 38th year in libraries. He has worked in elementary school, middle school, college, and public libraries. Gene has built three libraries including the restored Provo City Library at Academy Square. He has served as the Utah Library Association President and cherishes his opportunities to serve on the Randolph Caldecott Committee in 2000 and 2010 and just completed a term on the 2017 John Newbery Committee. He is the husband of one, father of six, and grandfather of fourteen.
*Preconference Session – Wednesday, May 16th – 8:30-11:30 AM *at Provo City Library (550 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84601)
Making Children’s Library Programs Experiences Instead of Events
- Joella Peterson, Provo City Library Children’s Services Manager
- Jennifer Nelson, Provo City Library Programming Librarian
- Gene Nelson, Provo City Library Director
Learn how the Provo City Library makes children’s programs experiences instead of events. Watch a sample story time, learn about our “big” programs, and discover how we focus on the magic of a child’s experience.
*Preconference Session – Wednesday, May 16th – 1:00-4:00 PM *at Provo City Library (550 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84601)
The 2017 Newbery Award: Reflections and Ruminations
Presenter: Gene Nelson, Provo City Library Director
Join 2017 Newbery Award committee member Gene Nelson for a preconference on Everything Newbery. Learn about the history of the oldest and most prestigious children’s book award in the world. Discuss the selection criteria and the processes of the deliberations of the committee. Discover the responses of the 2017 award winners and the important early Monday morning phone call that changes authors’ lives. Gene will also discuss the award winners and present his favorite 40 books of the year. Come for a fun filled afternoon full of insight into the awarding of the best book of the year.
Wednesday, May 16th – 8:30-11:30 AM
Kris Boesch is the CEO and Founder of Choose People, a company that transforms company cultures, increases employee happiness and boosts the bottom line. The Choose People 360° Culture Audit is based on over 1000 hours of research Boesch conducted with the Industrial Organizational Psychology Department at Colorado State University. Kris Boesch is also the acclaimed author of Culture Works: How to Create Happiness in the Workplace. Prior to Choose People, Boesch was the CEO of Exodus Moving & Storage. Under her leadership, Exodus became the largest mover in Northern Colorado with a turnover rate nearly 40% less than the industry average and a bottom line twice that same average. Kris has been featured as a workplace culture expert in Inc., Entrepreneur and Forbes. Kris is also a proud mother, dancing diva and dog lover.
Preconference Session – Wednesday, May 16th – 8:30-11:30 AM
How to Communicate in Funkytown – What to Say & How to Say It
Kris’s down-to-earth, no fuss approach to communicating concerns and frustrations resonates with those who relate to that pit of the stomach feeling when things go sideways. Many of us are accustomed – especially in the workplace – to avoid conflict at all costs. Some simply feel like it’s not worth the risk. Others just aren’t sure how and others don’t want to appear “negative.” In this highly interactive and humorous presentation, Kris will empower participants to speak on purpose as well as provide clear insightful steps to move tough conversations forward.
Key takeaways include:
- Framework to Painlessly Tackle the Toughest of Conversations
- Learn Communication that Creates Accountability
- How to Communicate in a Way that’s Kind, Candid & Constructive
- Self-Awareness of Your Conflict Style and that of Your Peers