Course Archives

  • Language Nutrition and Early Literacy

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    The best predictor of a baby’s future academic achievements is not parental income, level of parent education, or ethnicity, but rather the number of words spoken to the baby and the amount of time spent in active engagement from birth to 3 years of age. Just as food nourishes a growing child’s body, language interactions nourish a child’s brain. Presenter Dr. Jennifer Stapel-Wax will introduce the topic of language nutrition and share with the library community tips on encouraging early literacy development in communities.

  • Reading Nooks that Encourage Writing Too

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    Children become stronger readers by being more aware of and inspired by amazing, interesting stories. Typically, adults share their love for stories through reading picture books to their young readers. Did you know that reading skills enhance writing skills, and writing skills enhance reading skills? It’s true. So, why not provide opportunities for young learners to experiment with both? We will explore reading and writing tools that are advantageous to young children’s literacy and language development as well as fun, interesting, and exciting for our budding authors!

  • Early Literacy Advocacy

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    This one-hour webinar will focus on strategies and key messages to support your ability to advocate for the work you do to support literacy in your community.

  • Supporting English Language Learners and their Families

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    If “it takes a village” is your motto, then it’s important to consider how librarians can support their young learners by supporting their young learners’ families. By exploring and celebrating your community’s cultures with the families in your community, you can welcome more and more families into your facility and place books into the hands of your neighbors. Families visiting the library already recognize the importance of literature, so we will explore additional strategies, tips, and resources for developing literacy and language skills at home.

  • Read Aloud Tips and Strategies

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    Participants will explore the most popular reading strategy used by educators of infants through kindergarten: read alouds. We will explore how various styles and levels can be implemented to better engage “young readers”, increase excitement with books, and, ultimately, increase literacy and language development.

  • Early Literacy: Social and Emotional Development

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    This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of child development theories related to the social and emotional development of young children. Additional information on why children may act inappropriately and strategies for supporting social and emotional development will also be discussed.

  • Arts Integration and Children's Books

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    Participants will explore using “story baskets” to tell and retell stories. A story basket is a collection of small materials that represent key story elements such as the character(s), setting, problem, and solution. For example, the storyteller could use a small stuffed animal for a character and a rock or leaf to represent the setting. Variations of the story basket strategy are limitless!

  • How to Engage Your Community in Your Library's Strategic Planning

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    Your neighbors are too busy these days. So involving your community's members in a conventional library strategic planning process - committees, meetings, advisory boards, focus groups - can be problematic. How can you recruit people who can provide significant feedback to ensure your library's strategic plan is responsive to the needs of your stakeholders? One secret: Don't ask for input just once a year.

  • Library Book Sales and Book Stores - Including Online Sales

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    Webinar archive. 1 hour. Library book sales can bring a community together or create a privileged elite, provide new life for used books or line the pockets of unscrupulous collectors, provide extra income for cash-strapped libraries or be a drain on paid staff as well as take up valuable space. What can you do to update your book sale strategies? How can you decide what is working and what needs to change? And what is the problem with big changes?

  • How to Hire Outside Talent for Your Library Programming

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    Having spoken at hundreds of local, state, and national library conferences and conventions, instructor Pat Wagner understands the business from the talent's point of view. Speakers want a clearly written set of expectations, library staff to work with who are great at communicating, and no big surprises. Libraries want someone who is reliable and competent, who shows up on time, does the job well, and is easy to work with. How can good libraries and good talent find each other? This session was recorded by Pat Wagner of Siera Learning in 2015.