Early Literacy In Your Library -- A Three-part Webinar Series

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.

presenter imageAbout 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.

Note: although each Webinar can be taken as a standalone topic, we encourage participation in all three sessions for maximum educational benefit.

Session descriptions, dates & registration

Growing Your Early Literacy Program

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.

1.5 TSLAC CE hours, SBEC eligible (provider #500799)

Oct 17,

1:30 - 3pm


Early STEM Learning in Library Programs for Young Children

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.”

1.5 TSLAC CE hours, SBEC eligible (provider #500799)

Oct 24,

1:30 - 3pm

Early Literacy Apps and iPads in the Children’s Department

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.”

1 TSLAC CE hour, SBEC eligible (provider #500799)

Nov 19,

2 - 3pm

CE Credit:

Attendance at each live Webinar qualifies for the stated number of hours of Texas State Library Continuing Education credit. However, printed Certificates of Completion will not be issued. Instead, a follow-up email will be sent 2-3 business days after each event to individuals who logged in and attended the live Webinar. Attendees are advised to save and/or print the follow-up email as it will serve as proof of attendance for CE purposes.

CE credit is also available for group viewings of live Webinar events -- please follow the Group Webinar Viewing procedure listed in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Technical Requirements and other Frequently Asked Questions?

We are using the GoToWebinar web conferencing software for our Webinars. For more information on technical requirements and answers to other frequently asked questions, please visit our Webinar FAQ page.

Questions? Please contact:

Naomi DiTullio
Distance Learning Consultant
Phone: 512-936-2586
Email: nditulli@tsl.texas.gov

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.


Page last modified: November 20, 2013