Connecting with Many Children from Many Cultures: Cultural Literacy @your library

Are you culturally literate? Do you know how to plan and promote programs and services for diverse populations of children and their families? In this interactive session, participants will explore their understanding of various cultures and discuss how to create culturally sensitive library programming that promotes cultural literacy and connects many children from many cultures.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will examine their understanding of various cultural groups and indentify personal cultural biases
  • Participants will learn how to become culturally literate
  • Participants will learn how to make their library welcoming to various cultural groups
  • Participants will consider the necessary strategies for reaching diverse cultural populations of children and their families
  • Participants will be able to identify strategies for planning programs that connect many children from many cultures 

Who Should Attend

Children's librarians and library paraprofessional and support staff in public and school libraries who work with young children.


Jamie Campbell Naidoo is an assistant professor at The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies where he teaches courses in diversity, public libraries, and children's and youth services. A former youth services coordinator and elementary school librarian, he is currently serving as chair of the 2012 Pura Belpré Award committee and is director of the National Latino Children’s Literature Conference. He recently published the book Celebrating Cuentos: Promoting Latino Children’s Literature and Literacy in Classrooms & Libraries and is currently co-editing a book for ALA entitled Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors through Reading.


How to Register

Visit the ALA Registration page to purchase the recording online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.  Webinar space is limited but additional webinars will be added in the future.

Tech 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 Adobe.

Credits &/or CEUs

College credit nor CEU's are available at this time.  Upon completion of the webinar an electronic certificate of completion will be sent to participants.


Jenny Najduch
ALSC Program Officer
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026


Interested in sponsoring this course?  Contact Jenny Najduch, ALSC Program Officer, at the email or phone number above.