Self-paced Online Courses and Recorded Webinars

In summer 2019, the New York Public Library launched Raising the Bar: Integrating Early Childhood Development into Librarian Professional Development, as a free online "train the trainer" curriculum. This intensive early literacy training combines youth librarianship expertise with cutting edge research on child development and best practices in early childhood education. The training was co-created with the City University of New York's Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, funded by IMLS, and advised by a national group of experts including, Saroj Ghoting and Susan Neumann. Start learning and teaching today at

Also in summer 2019, Washington County (OR) Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) and OregonASK announced the free availability of Fostering Readers resources, designed to help you plan and implement fun research-based literacy programs for children in Kindergarten through third grade who are learning to read. Fostering Readers is more a set of program plans and a research review than a course, but the materials can help library staff increase their knowledge and understanding of the reading process and best practices in supporting children who are learning to read. Find the IMLS-funded Fostering Readers materials here:



These free webinar recordings on early literacy and library programming are helpful for library workers new to children's services, and those who are looking for new ideas in programming for young children:


The Library of Michigan webinars are brought to you by the Library of Michigan, supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Other free webinars are available from various providers including Infopeople, Get Ready to Read, and the Texas State Library, among others. Contact ORTR for referrals to other webinar providers.

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