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 nypl.teachable.com.
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: fosteringreaders.weebly.com.
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:
- Best Storytime Practices webinar series presented by Story Be Told’s Jenifer Strauss in 2018-2019 for the Library of Michigan. Topics include Act It Out and Play; In a Galaxy Far, Far Away; Touch the Brightest Star; Storytime Is Your Time to Shine!; Full Body Storytime: and Put the Book Down and Engage! Scroll down the Library of Michigan webinars page to "Youth Services" to see all the links. Handouts for these webinars are also available.
- Every Child Ready to Read webinars presented by Sue McCleaf Nespeca in 2016-2017 for the Library of Michigan. Ten webinars cover topics from ECRR basics to mixed-age storytimes to family engagement, and more. Scroll down the Library of Michigan webinars page to "Every Child Ready to Read" to see all the links.
- Storytime 101: Rethinking the Basics with presenter Brooke Newberry, hosted by YSS Powerhouse, a service of the Wisconsin Library Association.
- Successful Programming for Babies and Toddlers presented by Kendra Jones and Brooke Newberry, hosted by Infopeople, the LSTA-funded training arm of the California State Library.
- Block Play: Building a Foundation of Early Learning in the Library presented by Pamela Martin-Díaz and Marra Honeywell, hosted by the Indiana State Library.
- Building Early Literacy Skills with Babies presented by Stephanie Prato, hosted by the Central New York Library Resources Council.
- Engaging Toddlers in Active Early Learning presented by Stephanie Prato, hosted by the Central New York Library Resources Council.
- Infusing Preschool Early Literacy with STEAM, Music, and Movement presented by Stephanie Prato, hosted by the Central New York Library Resources Council.
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.