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Questions?  Contact Sharon Phillips, Ready to Read at New York Libraries Program Director at Sharon.Phillips@nysed.gov

Past Webinars

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Media Literacy, Tech Mentoring, and Peer Learning: Helping Families Help Themselves

Wednesday, March 30, 2022. 1:30-3:00 PM.

Presented by Dorothy Stoltz and Carrie Sanders. Topics include:

  • One common misconception around technology-centric learning
  • Two benefits of tech mentoring and peer learning to enhance media literacy and digital skill development
  • Three best practices through shared learning and discussion about peer-to-peer learning and customer mentorship

StoryWalks® for the Win-Win-Win: Programming, Partnerships, Pandemic-Friendly
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021. 1:30 - 3 PM

Presented by Mary Fellows and Lorie Brown. Includes:

  • Options for producing a StoryWalk® and their associated costs
  • Finding StoryWalk® partners and thinking creatively about locations
  • How to choose the best titles for StoryWalks® (and why some great picture books aren’t good StoryWalk® choices)
  • Essentials of StoryWalk® production & presentation
  • Not just for kids: StoryWalks® for different age groups

Exploring the New York State Parent Portal
Friday, November 20, 2020. 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM.

The Parent Portal (www.nysparenting.org) houses the four websites created by the NYS Council on Children and Families with state agency partners to help parents and caregivers by providing positive parenting resources. Participants will learn how to use these resources to make families aware of childcare options, helpful hints to navigate concerns about development delays, and parenting support in their communities!

The Development of Early Literacy Learners
Thursday, October 29, 2020. 1:30 PM - 3 PM.

Participants will gain:

  • a stronger understanding of early literacy learners and what prepares them for success
  • many children’s book examples highlighting the features that support growth in early literacy skills and knowledge
  • new tools to further enhance programming, outreach, and collection development related to Ready to Read at New York Libraries’ goals

Raising the Bar: Self-Paced Version
Thursday, May 28, 2020. 1:30-2:30 PM.

Raising the Bar is a four-part training series that hopes to connect early childhood development to public librarianship and was previously only available as a train-thetrainer resource. This free training expands on the train-the-trainer materials to offer a comprehensive selfguided individual learning experience. Developed for librarians of all experience levels, this self-paced training can be completed at any time and in any place.

The 4-module training series focuses on foundational knowledge about Early Literacy in public libraries, storytime strategies for children’s specialists, promoting family literacy and engagement, and partnering with early childhood programs in the community. See this website for train-the-trainer modules and more information: nypl.teachable.com.

Raising the Bar: Integrating Early Childhood Education into Librarian Professional Development
Wednesday, February 12, 2020. 2-3 PM.

Learn more about New York Public Library’s new early literacy training resource, “Raising the Bar.” Raising the Bar is a four-part training series that hopes to connect early childhood development to public librarianship. The curriculum follows a “train the trainer” approach and builds on fundamentals established in ALA’s Every Child Read to Read, 2nd Ed. Initiative. The course includes modules on foundational knowledge about Early Literacy in public libraries, storytime strategies for children’s specialists, promoting family literacy and engagement, and partnering with early childhood programs in the community.

Baby and Me at the Library!
Thursday, October 17, 2019. 1:30-2:30 PM.

Imagine if one of the first public places families go with their new babies is to the public library…and then they never stop!

In this webinar, participants will learn how the library can welcome, celebrate, and support families with new babies, helping them to develop an early and lifelong love of libraries. Participants will also gain knowledge in positioning their library as an early literacy leader in the community, through effective partnership building and outreach. Multiple resources will be shared, including free templates for Baby’s First Library Card that libraries may customize and use.

The webinar will be presented by Brigid Hubberman, Founder of the Children’s Reading Connection, and long-time literacy innovator and advocate. More information about can be found at the Children’s Reading Connection homepage.

An Introduction to STEM in Preschool Library Programming:
What It Is, Why Do It, and How to Get Started

Note: the live versions of these webinars featured short embedded videos, which were not captured in the recordings. Please visit the resource lists linked above for more information.

We will explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts in preschool, why to include this content in library story times and programs, and how to get started. With many years of experience working with preschool teachers, families, and with libraries, Dr. Lange will demystify STEM and early STEM education.

We hope attendees will leave with inspiration to include more STEM concepts in their programming for young children in a way that builds on what children and families are already doing, and that empowers children, families, and library staff to find the STEM all around them every day. We will discuss many examples of how STEM concepts can be easily incorporated into preschool programs.

About the Presenter

Alissa A. Lange, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at East Tennessee State University. Prior to joining ETSU, Dr. Lange worked at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University, was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Bogotá, Colombia, and was a U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow with Doug Clements and Julie Sarama. Dr. Lange has over 10 years of experience leading or co-leading early STEM teaching and learning initiatives, including the National Science Foundation-funded preschool STEM professional development project, SciMath-DLL. She started the Math and Science Story Time (MASST) series in 2012, which is a Spanish-English bilingual, STEM-focused informal learning, library-based program for preschoolers and their families. MASST has since expanded from its original library in New Brunswick, New Jersey to over 20 libraries in 4 states. She has disseminated the results of her work to audiences across the United States and internationally, including in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, in Teaching Young Children, and for members of Congress in 2015. Her book on teaching preschool STEM was published in 2019 by Teachers College Press. This work was funded in part by a grant from the East Tennessee State University Research Development Committee Major Grants Program.

Introducing Supercharged Storytimes for All, October 10, 2018.

Where Do You Find Data Describing Your Community?

[pdf file; 944k]; Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 10:30-11:30 a.m. | link to survey

Data are critical as you work to find ways to serve communities in these challenging times and local data can provide a nuanced view of your county’s children and families.  The NYS Kids’ Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse or KWIC is a resource for local and state planners who participate in the monitoring of health status to identify community health problems. KWIC offers unique ways to visualize county and regional data needed to promote healthy communities. The map builder tool incorporates many different geographic boundaries including library systems. There are educational and demographic data for these different boundaries. Additionally, we have incorporated social media features. The new visualization and social media tools allow us to more accurately depict our communities; educate fellow New Yorkers about important issues that are impacting children’s daily lives; and guide our conversations and decisions around healthy child development.

The participants will be able to:

  • Find their county data and click on their county report.
  • Identify 3 new features on KWIC for displaying and sharing data.
  • Use the map builder to find their community (& library system) and examine the well-being indicators.

Cate Teuten Bohn, MPH, is a policy analyst with the Council on Children and Families. Ms Teuten Bohn has over twenty years’ experience in governmental public health administration in California and New York with strong skills in community assessment, strategic planning and staff development. She coordinates the Kids’ Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse (KWIC) for New York State.

21 Minutes for 21st Century Libraries: Early Literacy,

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time: From Vimeo. Presented by Mary Fellows, Manager, Youth and Family Services, Upper Hudson Library System

Like, Share, and Get Noticed! Using Social Media to Connect with Your Community,

October 4. View the archived webinar [NOTE: If prompted you may need to download and install Adobe Connect Add-in.]

Using the Every Student Present Website: Helping Parents and Educators Utilize Strategies and Data Tools,

September 19. Presented by Cate Teuten Bohn and Mary De Masi, Council on Children and Families

Notes from the Webinar

Every Student Present is a public awareness campaign developed by the Council on Children and Families and intended to help families, school leaders, and community organizations understand the impact of multiple school absences on children’s learning.

  • Initiative to address chronic absence
  • The issue of chronic absence can be reduced by:
  • Every Student Present site for parents recommends helping children attend school by:
    • Boosting children’s confidence
    • Keeping children on track with schoolwork
    • Keeping children healthy
    • Protecting children from bullies
    • More information from http://www.everystudentpresent.org/ external link
  • Resources/Toolkits for combating chronic absence
  • How Libraries Can Help:
    • Help raise awareness (kids/parents not in school may be at the library)
    • Promote parents’ understanding on prolonged absence
    • Help keep children on track with schoolwork
    • Engage community partners in distributing information
    • Contact everystudentpresent@ccf.ny.govexternal link with questions or for additional information

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: May 13, 2022 -- sm