Tweens and Teens Go Green! Art Programming Ideas Online Workshop

gogreenteensValeria Colston is offering another fabulous online workshop  “Tweens and Teens Go Green! Art Programming Ideas Online Workshop.”  Attending will help you “build a portfolio of ideas for creating innovative green art projects and programming.” Many Tweens and Teens are already green and have an  appreciation and sensitivity to going green.  This workshops will give you an opportunity to offer and share some fun and educational art projects and programming

Details:  4 weeks/12 hour, online, with illustrated lecture, discussion board topics, and class assignments

Cost: $59.00 (Library Invoices accepted)

Deadline: Sign up by November 1, 2013.

Instructor:   Valerie Colston, M.A., author and art professor with many years of experience developing and teaching art programs in libraries in San Diego, California and author of   Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools, and Themes for Young Adult Programming Libraries Unlimited Dec. 2012 and 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills

Teens Go Green!

gogreenteensI have been meaning to blog about this cool book Teens Go Green!  Tips, Techniques, Tools and Themes for YA Programming. (by Valerie Colston, Libraries Unlimited Professional guides for Young Adult Librarians Series 2011)  The book offers ideas for librarians on environmentally themed art projects that are also low cost., practical and hands-on to engage youth. The book starts with Part 1: Going Green, offering basic ideas on resources and supplies, tips on working with teens and art, along with promoting and marketing the programs and ideas. Part II: Art Programs and Projects takes up most of the book offering art project ideas with illustrations, purpose, topics, costs, age level, required material, programming related activities, timeframe, and ties to technology, with lots of extra resources lists too.

Besides purchasing this great teen art book,  Colston is offering a 4 week Arts & Crafts for Youth Librarians Workshops, online, non-credit, held through Art Teacher on the Net, starting August 15, 2013 for $59.  (sign up!)

Colston is actually an art professor and has worked for year teaching art programs with  San Diego libraries and teaches 100 Art Ideas for Teachers through the UCSD extension department.   She has also published 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills and 200 Projects to get your in to art school.

Online Workshop – The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement

Library Juice Academy offers a number of online professional development workshops for library staff. In January there is an online two week workshop focusing on the role of the academic librarian in the sustainability movement for .75 credits/$90  The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement.  This workshops will guide you  through a practical process for becoming actively engaged in sustainable activities on your campus with reading assignments, exercises, and participation in a forum to connect and inspire. Topics  include: “Temperature Check” of Your Institution, Finding Your Allies, Library as Common Space, and Bridge Building Tools.

The wonderful  instructor Madeleine Charney is the  Sustainability Studies Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who has presented at the   Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference – “Getting Closer: The Librarian, the Curriculum and the Office of Sustainability; ”  and this  past year she co-facilitated  (with me!) a 4-part webinar series  “Libraries for Sustainability.”

Teens and Tweens Go Green: Art-based and Eco-friendly Programs for Libraries

An Infopeople online course, January 29 to February 25, 2013

Teens and pre-teens appreciate and celebrate the environment. You can support their interests by involving them in hands-on programs with environmentally responsible themes. This course will bring the fun back into your programming! You will learn to:

· Rethink “art” and look at everyday objects in new ways

· Discover methods and materials for reusing, recycling, and repurposing

· Demonstrate and teach art skills

· Plan programs and events that are art-based and eco-friendly

Course Description: In this four-week online course you will find resources, best practices, and useful tips and techniques that can be applied immediately to library programming for teens and pre-teens. You will be encouraged to develop and share photos of hands-on projects with nature or environmental themes, as well as plans for programs and events that are art-based and eco-friendly. No previous art background or experience is required; this course is for all art ability levels. During the fourth week, there will be an online meeting for demonstrating and discussing specific projects and programs. The instructor has years of experience in developing and teaching library art programs and will help you develop a portfolio of ideas and projects for future program planning.

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.


Call for Speakers: online green library conference

Call for Speakers for “Going Green @ Your Library 2: Working Green, Teaching Green” Amigos’ second Going Green @ Your Library online conference will be Wednesday, November 3, 2010. We are looking for librarians interested in sharing their ideas, experiences and excitement about green practices at their library. Our keynote speaker will be Monika Antonelli, co-editor of the forthcoming Greening Libraries (Library Juice Press, 2011) and Reference/Instruction Librarian at Minnesota State University Mankato. In addition to the keynote session, we hope to have two simultaneous tracks running throughout the day:

  • Working Green This track will focus on the green practices implemented in libraries. Some of the areas of interest include:
    • Green library buildings/renovations
    • Green IT
    • Green practices in the library (e.g. Green ILL, Green Cataloging)
  • Teaching Green This second track focuses on ways your library shows the way to be green to others in your community. Topics might include:
    • Green programming at the library
    • How your library facilitates research on environmental topics
    • Green by example: how your library leads others in implementing green practices Other topics are welcome!

Each session will be 45 minutes in length. If you’re i nterested in presenting, but have never done it online, don’t worry — we will teach you what you need to know! We welcome submissions from librarians in academic, public, school, and special libraries. To submit your presentation idea(s), go to and complete the submission form. Proposals will be accepted until September 30.

If you have questions, please contact us at

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Christine Peterson
Continuing Education Librarian
Amigos Library Services, Inc.
800-843-8482 x2891

Eco-Librarian Classes!

The U of Wisconsin Madison, School of Library and Information Studies offered an online course in spring 2008 called:

Eco-Librarians: Changing Our Communities One Step at a Time (details)

not only is the topic green themed but offering it online is green and accessible for many more people.  I wonder if it will be offered again? any other library schools offer eco-librarian courses?

Thanks to Ralph Tomlinson for mentioning this to me.

Going Green: Programming Online Workshop

When: Monday, May 24, 2010 (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

Where:  ONLINE!  through ALS Adobe Connect
Cost: Free… register here

This is the second workshop in Alliance Library System’s Going Green series. It will discuss programming ideas for patrons of all ages. From crafts to book lists to online activities, you will be sure to get ideas to make going green fun and easy

Green Library Article in Online Magazine

In Online magazine‘s (by Information Today) March/April 2010 (vo 34, no 2)  publication, there is an article titled “Libraries Taking the LEED: Green Libraries Leading in Energy and Environmental Design” written by Frederick Stoss – a leader in the green libraries area.  The article discusses a little of the history of libraries being environmentally responsible, explains LEED certification, gives some examples of sustainable library resources/databases (including EBSCO’s GreenFILE and Gale’s GREENR), contains a nice green libraries glossary, and offers some programming ideas and professional resources.  There are several great blogs, wikis, and websites listed (though my blog wasnt one of them) most of which I have blogged about in the past  – such as the Alliance Library System’s Going Green Blog, Monika Antonelli’s GreenLibraries directory, and  Maria Jankowska’s Electronic Green Journal just to name a few.  This article is worth a read so check it out and pass it on!

Going Green Online Library Conference

From the Amigos Library Services Blog:

Conference Information

When: 8:00am – 4:00pm central time, Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Where: Online

Who: Florence Mason, general session speaker

What: Topics we’ll cover include an introduction to green technology, new or renovated buildings, practical strategies for libraries, green IT, and alternative energies.


  • Amigos members before September 9: $250
  • Amigos members: $275
  • Amigos non-members before September 9: $300
  • Amigos non-members: $325
  • Students before September 9: $125
  • Students: $150
  • Group discount of 20% given to groups of five or more from one institution; does not apply to student rate

Registration is OPEN and available until October 1, 2009.
Early Bird Registration ends September 9.
Number of participants limited.

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  • Promote your library

    As many libraries are closing, the need for libraries being  questioned, and competition for library type services growing, finding ways to advocate and grow your library is essential.  Promote your library as a green and cost saving.  Start by simply promoting the idea that you can save money by borrowing a book from the library instead of buying it.  Note the long term cost and environmental savings since the library owns one copy that can be borrowed again and again and again,  cutting down on the eco-impact of producing copies that  book (trees, water, energy, waste…) for each of these borrowers. Other companies are promoting business that provide “24/7 access to online resources for your research needs.” Dont libraries already offer this for free?  Promote your online library resources available 24/7 such as online databases, audio books, ebooks, newspapers, digital collections, and services like renewing library materials, tutorials, and sometimes even online chat 24/7.  Make your web presence a quality portal of information and resources.  Users can save a drive to the library and still access a wealth of information and services.  Start simply promoting the things you are already doing that are green and cost saving.

    Library card holders still out number customers 5:1.  Determine your cost benefit of services for tax dollars. In most cases libraries benefits exceed the tax costs (Read:  Glen Holt and Donald Elliott, “Cost Benefit t Analysis: A Summary of the Methodology,” The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, 15 (4) 2002, pp. 154-158)  Also check out  Libraries: How They Stack Up report from OCLC  (2003) for more interesting stats and data.