Workshop – Everyone Serves Families with Young Children

Date: Thursday, March 01, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Place: Schenectady County Public Library, Central Library
Presenter: Mary Fellows, Upper Hudson Library System
Cost: Free. Register at

Whatever your role at the library, you make a difference in the experience families with young children have there. Family engagement is now recognized as a key factor in how successfully a child learns – so we want all families with young children to feel welcome at our library. How you carry out your daily work matters in making that happen!

Come learn:

– How libraries support family engagement and why that’s important

– What’s going on in that little head: fascinating brain research

– How to build a brain (with hands-on experience!)

– Effective ways to work with families having a difficult day in the library

– Opportunities for all library staff to promote early literacy and encourage family engagement

Training is aimed for ALL library staffCirculation staff, reference folks, custodians – all are welcome. If choices have to be made on whom to send from your library, this workshop is more for non-youth services staff than for youth services staff, but great if both (all) can come!

Please register for this workshop at

About our presenter:  Mary Fellows is Manager, Youth and Family Services at Upper Hudson Library System. She developed this training for the statewide Ready to Read at New York Libraries Initiative. Mary has worked in public libraries across six states in administration and youth services. She is past president of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, as well as the Youth Services Section of NYLA,  and is a current member of the NYLA Legislative Committee.

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