Speaking & Training Topics

April Pavis-Shroeder has been an advocate and speaker for teenagers in libraries since 2006. While public libraries have been the setting for her talks, her topics transcend that field. Adults and teenagers butt heads at home, in places of business, at school, and beyond. April’s speaking and consulting work can transform adults-teenager relationships in any setting.

April has spoken at:
Maryland Teen Connect Conference
Virginia Library Association Annual Conference
Maryland/Delaware Library Association Conference
Loudoun County Public Library Staff Development Day
Fairfax County Public Library Staff Development Day
St. Mary’s County Library Staff Development Day

April is a natural teacher who finds “teachable moments” in everyday life. She abides by the “teach a man to fish” adage and infuses her daily interactions, consultations, and trainings with that in mind.

Want to learn something fresh and new? Bring April to your next Staff Development Day for a training on hosting author visits, conducting effective outreach visits, or utilizing the strengths of staff, volunteers, and outside organizations to pump up your programming calendar.

Could your staff benefit from a refresher course in customer service? Do you have employees on a Performance Improvement Plan due to their discrimination of a particular demographic (age, race, or religion)? Hire April to host a training and see an immediate difference in your staff. April will use empathy and kindness to train your team on difficult topics.

To talk with April regarding a speaking opportunity please contact her.


Teen Brain Development: supporting, programming, advocating

Each age group of library users requires unique services and programming. Teenagers are the most under-served of all age groups, usually due to library staff’s uncertainty in providing services to a group they know (or remember) little about. Learn about the brain development of teenagers and how that should influence your programming and your expectations.

After completing this session participants will be able to:
1) understand the connection between teen brain development and teen behavior. 
2) meet teen patrons where they are and plan appropriate programs and services for them.
3) manage their own expectations of teen patrons and teach those to their colleagues.

Employing Empathy to Reduce Resentment

Teenagers are often called hormonal, risky, and lazy…and that’s by their parents. Those in the community label and treat them even worse. They are sneered at, followed, and monitored by mall security, store clerks, school faculty, and library staff. Their very presence evokes fear, worry, and concern in others. Yet this doesn’t need to be the case. Teenagers are not a demographic to fear. Participants will recall and share their own memories as a means to understanding today’s youth.

After completing this session participants will be able to:
1) understand the contemporary troubles that teenagers in this country face.
2) compare their own experiences to that of today’s youth.
3) create empathy in their hearts for youth they encounter at home, work, or elsewhere in the community.

Host an Author Visit

Meeting an author is a surreal moment for a young person and a delight for adults, but it can seem a daunting task for library staff. How do you ask them to speak at your library? How much do they charge? What should their schedule contain? In this webinar you will learn the benefits of hosting an author program, how to coordinate the logistics of their visit, and how to market their event.

After completing this session participants will be able to:
1) Confidently approach the right authors, agents, and publishers to request visits
2) Know how to best market the event for optimum attendance
3) Understand a visiting author’s needs and how to accommodate those

Host a Festival

Do you want to go BIG and host a book festival, con, or adults-only Harry Potter party? It’s a lot of work, but always worth the effort. April will teach you how to secure authors and speakers, market your event, get sponsorships, and be a gracious host.