Workshop – Early Literacy Storytime : Core Elements for Making a Real Difference

Date: Wednesday, November 15. 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Place: Rotterdam Branch, SCPL
Presenter: Joyce Laoisa
Cost: Free for MVLS libraries ; $25 all others

MVLS is looking to increase every storytime presenter’s skill set and effectiveness in helping prepare children to start Kindergarten ready to learn. All member library staff including substitute staff and volunteers who present early literacy programs for children and their caregivers are encouraged to attend!  This is an opportunity for your program presenters to have fun, learn, and be more effective by bringing the latest early literacy techniques to your library storytime programs.

MVLS participants will receive an array of helpful tools to add zing to your programs. (Think musical shakers, play parachutes, felt boards, etc. – you’ll choose what you will use!). You will also have an opportunity to have Joyce visit one of your library programs to assess and offer feedback on how best to use these core elements to make a real difference in preparing children to start kindergarten ready to learn! Staff who attended the March session of this  workshop are welcome to return for a refresher; with some new information and incentives for you as well!

What you’ll learn:
– Deepen your understanding of techniques for effectively engaging children with books, words, music, writing and play
– Develop your skills in incorporating these techniques strategically into your early literacy programs
– Build your skill and ease in embedding information for parents and caregivers about making these literacy activities a part of every day

More information is available on the workshop flyer. 3.5 CEU will be awarded. Register online at ; deadline to register is Monday, November 13.

This workshop is supported in part by funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Services grant program.

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