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Early Literacy In Your Library Webinar Series Kicks Off on October 17

2013 October 7
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The Texas State Library & Archives Commission is very pleased to remind everyone about our upcoming (and entirely free) Webinar series: Early Literacy In Your Library.

Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, a report released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in June 2013, identifies 10 Key Ways that libraries can improve early learning outcomes, increase school readiness, and help all children, especially those most at risk, read and succeed at grade three. The report is a call to fully use libraries and museums to close knowledge and opportunity gaps and give all children a strong start in learning.

The more preschool children know about early literacy, math, science, and technology, and the more words they have to describe what they have seen and experienced, the better prepared they will be for reading and for educational success. Our nation is committed to early learning as a national priority essential to our economic and civic future. Libraries have a significant role in providing early learning experiences that build a child’s brain, fuel a love of learning, and contribute to success in school and life.

Join Christine McNew, independent library consultant and children’s services expert, for this engaging and essential Webinar series, which will cover early literacy program best practices, ideas for incorporating STEM learning into early literacy programs, and the basics of early literacy apps and iPads in the children’s department.

About the presenter:

Christine McNew is an independent library consultant and trainer with a passion for early literacy and early math and science.  She earned an MLIS with a specialization in Youth Services from the University of Texas at Austin.  Christine worked as a children’s librarian for 10 years at the Harris County Public Library and the Fort Bend County Libraries.  As Youth Services Consultant for the Texas State Library from 1999-2011, she managed the statewide Texas Reading Club and Texas Teens Read and provided continuing education and consulting to youth librarians.  Christine enjoys volunteering in the children’s department at the Round Rock Public Library, gardening, travelling, spending time with her family, and volunteering at music and performance venues in Austin, Texas where she lives.

Webinar Descriptions and Dates:

  • Growing Your Early Literacy Program
    Thursday, October 17, 2013
    1:30 – 3:30 pm CDT
    The first Webinar in this three-part series on early literacy will introduce best practices and will highlight model programs related to the 10 Key Ways that libraries can improve early learning outcomes. The goal is for library staff to implement best practices and to be inspired to begin planning new programs and partnerships that will increase school readiness for preschool children in their communities.
    Register here:
  • Early STEM Learning in Library Programs for Young Children
    Thursday, October 24, 2013
    1:30 – 3:30 pm CDT
    The second Webinar in the series will introduce literature-based math and science activities for librarians to include in storytime programs for preschool children. Children have a natural curiosity and librarians need only give them a chance to ask questions, explore, look for answers, and talk about their experience. The engaging activities are aligned with educational standards and will assist libraries in implementing the 10 Key Ways that libraries can improve early learning outcomes, in particular, “Supporting development of executive function and ‘deeper learning’ skills through literacy and STEM-based experiences.”
    Register here:
  • Early Literacy Apps and iPads in the Children’s Department
    Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    2:00 – 3:00 pm CST
    The third webinar in the series will introduce the basics of using iPads preloaded with early literacy apps in the children’s department, at storytime, and for checkout. Today’s children are growing up surrounded by technology and using tablets comes naturally to them. Librarians can introduce apps and digital books in a developmentally appropriate manner that supports early literacy development. This webinar will assist libraries in implementing the 10 Key Ways that libraries can improve early learning outcomes, especially “Linking new digital technologies to learning.”
    Register here:

For more information, please visit the series’ informational page:

Questions? Please contact:
Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant
Library Development and Networking Division
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Phone: 1-800-252-9386 (Texas only) or 512-936-2586

This Webinar series is made possible by funding support from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services provided to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

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