Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program

Ready to Read at New York Libraries is an early childhood outreach program designed to reach all families with young children and ensure that public libraries have the expertise and resources to welcome and support the needs of these families. In 2014, the State Library was awarded an IMLS 2014/2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Program Planning Grant to begin the program planning process. A range of activities conducted prior to and during the planning grant year helped the State Library identify key local needs and determine priorities for the statewide program.

Making New York State public libraries a welcoming place for all families with young children

Ready to Read at New York Libraries; Making New York State public libraries a welcoming place for all families with young children from NYSEDexternal link opens in a new window on Vimeo. (Length: 2:15) | Description of the video

The training program is carried out by a Training Cohort of 35 youth services librarians. The New York State Library, with the help of the Training Cohort, completed the development of all Foundation Training Components in January 2017. Currently, the focus of the Training Cohort and Ready to Read at New York Libraries is providing regional training to library staff across the state in the five Foundation Training Components.

Sharon Phillips is the Project Director for
Ready to Read at New York Libraries. For more information,
contact Sharon at 518-486-4863; Fax: 518-486-5254.
Last Updated: August 2, 2017 -- asm