C is for Common Core and Collection Development

ā€œCā€ is for Common Core State Standards and Collection development with practical application in public libraries, big or small: We will break down the Common Core Standards in Reading and Writing to understand what the expectations are for our elementary students and how we as librarians can support and enrich their learning. I'll share titles, new and classics, that align with Common Core and give examples of practical, fun activities to do with kids after reading the books. We will "decode" the language of the standards and put them into terms that librarians, educators, and parents can easily understand.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will review the Common Core Standards in Reading and Writing and be able to define each one in librarian-friendly/parent-friendly terms.
  • Participants will have at least two titles (one for early elementary, one for later elementary) for each standard that they can share with teachers, parents, and co-workers.
  • Participants will have practical activities they can do in story times and library classes that tie in to the Common Core Standards.

Who Should Attend

Youth services librarians in the public library and/or elementary school media specialists

Course Level & Prerequisites

No prerequisites required.


Kristen Remenar is a children’s librarian, writer, teacher, and a national speaker on literacy for the Bureau of Education & Research. She teaches a seminar called The Best Books to Teach the Common Core State Standards for Reading (K-3). She also teaches a seminar called The Best Young Children’s Books for Preschoolers and Kindergartners and How to Use Them to Strengthen Early Literacy Skills. She has taught several hour-long and half-day inservices for Michigan libraries on Common Core and collection development. Kristen is a contributing writer to ReaderKidZ, a website for teachers, librarians, and parents of elementary students. Her first picture book will be published by Charlesbridge in 2015 and is titled "Groundhog's Dilemma".

Date(s) & Time(s)

This webinar is 60 minutes long; the information below indicates the start time.  Please plan on signing into the virtual classroom 10 - 15 minutes early. The same webinar will be held four different times:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014: 2 pm Central/3 pm Eastern
Wednesday, October 1, 2014: 6 pm Central/7 pm Eastern
Thursday, October 16, 2014: 3 pm Central/4 pm Eastern
Tuesday, October 28, 2014: 11 am Central/12 pm Eastern

Credits &/or CEUs Heading

College credit nor CEU's are available at this time. An electronic certificate of completion can be sent to participants upon request.


Webinar is limited to 95 students.

ALSC Personal Members and Students: $45
Non-Members: $55
Groups*: $195
*Groups are defined as any number of people watching the webinar together.  Each group registration will only receive one user login; one person in the group must register and login during the event.  Groups are encouraged to project the webinar for participants watching from the same location.

Technical Requirements

To take part you must have a computer, Internet access, web browser, and a copy of Flash® Player 8 or higher.  You can download a free copy of Flash® Player from the Adobe website if you do not already have it.

For more information, view a video about Abode Connect meetings produced by Adobe.

How to Register

Registration is now open!  Visit the ALA Registration page to register online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.  You can also register by calling ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 ext. 5.  Webinar space is limited.  Archived versions cannot be purchased until all live sessions have taken place.


Kristen Sutherland
ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026


Interested in sponsoring this webinar?  Contact Kristen Sutherland, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education.