Players Gonna Play: YS Unconference

July 28, 2015
Thursday, August 6, Dominican University

From simple manipulatives to complex electronic gaming, the role of play and its relationship to learning and development is a burgeoning area of research and discussion. On August 6, the concept of play will be explored in depth as attendees of the 2015 Unconference "Players Gonna Play" discuss tips and best practices revolving around libraries, play, advocacy, gaming, and programming.


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Keynote presented by Jenna Nemec-Loise, librarian at the Chicago Public Library Roosevelt Branch and adjunct instructor at Dominican University. Jenna is a relationship architect, community builder, teen advocate, and early childhood specialist living in Chicago. A champion of youth, families, and libraries, she's also Member Content Editor of the ALSC Everyday Advocacy website and advocacy columnist for the ALSC Children and Libraries magazine.
Closing remarks presented by Renee Grassi, Youth Department Director, Glen Ellyn Public Library. Renee is a nationally recognized leader in library services for children with disabilities, and was named a 2012 Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her work in this area. She is an active state and national library committee member, participating in ALSC's Library Service to Special Population Children and their Caregivers and ILA's Best Practices Committees.   

The Unconference is an opportunity for idea and resource sharing while providing a chance to network with colleagues. The $45 registration fee includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch.


Sponsored by the ILA Youth Services Forum, ILA Young Adult Services Forum, and Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

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