The 2016-2019 Early Literacy Program is led by Francine Vernon, Youth Outreach Coordinator. Mrs. Vernon leads a collaborative effort with libraries to connect Head Start families to library services. For more information on this work, please contact her at email@example.com.
A number of workshops are scheduled in support of this effort. Watch this space for updates.
2018 Early Literacy presentations and workshops
Supercharging Your Storytimes
Starts the week of April 9 and runs through the week of May 7.
This 5-week course is designed for youth services staff who are currently providing storytimes. During the course you will be asked to learn and apply strategies for early literacy engagement that have been identified from the recently released VIEWS2 research project—interactivity, intentionality, assessment, and community of practice. Using practices from Every Child Ready to Read, you will be guided in the use of intentionality, including scaffolding, early literacy tips, and self-reflection to offer programming that can effectively support literacy development. A minimum of 3 hours per week of reading, online discussion, and application to your work setting would be required for a total of 15 CE hours. Each participant will receive a copy of the book: Supercharging Your Storytimes. REGISTER HERE FOR SUPERCHARGING The course is open to member library staff and partner organizations,
Foundations of Early Literacy
Starts the week of October 1 and runs through the week of October 22.
This 4-week course is aimed at all library staff impacting family programming. The course would allow you to become familiar with the early literacy skills (phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge) and practices (talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing). Building on this knowledge, you’ll explore ways to apply them to your work, including ways to make library environments supportive of staff sharing early literacy information and activities with parents and caregivers. A minimum of 3 hours per week of reading, online discussion, and application to your work setting would be required for a total of 12 CE hours. REGISTER HERE FOR FOUNDATIONS The course is open to member library staff and partner organizations,
Early Literacy Spaces, September 28. Details to follow.
2017 Early Literacy presentations and workshops
Director session (March 2017) Early literacy skills commit families to libraries. At the March PLDA meeting, Directors were invited to participate in a special workshop that reviews new research and professional competencies that can have a significant impact on family engagement. The two-hour workshop was led by noted early literacy consultant Saroj Ghoting. The aim was to provide new language to promote the library’s role in early literacy and foster a commitment to engage all staff in a deeper understanding of the positive impact they can have for families that come to their library. Materials presented are linked below.
- Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement (Harvard Family Research Report 2016)
- Early Literacy Makes a Difference…When the Whole Library is Involved (Presentation by Saroj Ghoting, March 2017)
- Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners (IMLS Report 2013)
General staff training:
#1: MAY WORKSHOP: May 24: “Everyone Serves Families with Young Children”.
This 3-hour program was offered both in the morning and the afternoon. Attached ia a power point presentation from the program! Click here to view.
#2: FALL WORKSHOP: Supercharging Your Storytimes (a five-week online course) provides an opportunity to learn, apply, and review the strategies Saroj discussed from the VIEWS2 research. The class uses Moodle, an online learning platform. Participation in a Moodle training webinar is required to enter the class. Readings and participation can be done flexibly within the five-week period, allowing for minimal interruption to your staffing.