Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program

Ready to Read at New York Libraries logoIn 2013, the State Library identified that the best strategy to improve and expand the availability of high quality public library early learning services is the development of a statewide program of regional, research-based early literacy skills training for public library staff. In 2014, the State Library received $50,000 in federal funds for an IMLS 2014/2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Program Planning Grant. 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, Ready to Read at New York Libraries.

The resulting staff development program is based on a train-the-trainer model. It is carried out by a Training Cohort of 30 youth services librarians who provide regional training to library staff in the five Foundation Training Components.

Karen Balsen is the Project Director for
Ready to Read at New York Libraries. For more information,
contact Karen at 518-486-2194; Fax: 518-486-5254.
Last Updated: January 22, 2015 -- asm