Every Child Ready to Read—New conversations on research, relationships and partnerships

Every Child Ready to Read ® @ your library® (ECRR) continues a commitment to research and introduces a powerful concept of constrained and unconstrained skill sets to our conversations with parents and caregivers. The 2nd edition utilizes natural language and a flexible format to encourage a more interactive way for library staff to work with caregivers and to create new ways for parents to interact with their children.  Community and staff partnerships are a staple of ECRR, and in our 90 minute webinar we will discuss research, new ways to relate to our customers, partners and community members using the new tools provided by ECRR.

ECRR is a parent education initiative by the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). It stresses early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child's life. The ECRR toolkit empowers public libraries to assume an essential role in supporting early literacy within a community.  For more information about ECRR please visit the Every Child Ready to Read website.

Learning Outcomes

Learners will:

  • Be informed of constrained and unconstrained skill sets
  • Understand how to use ECRR materials to have conversations with a variety of groups
  • Receive information on past partnerships and discuss suggestions for working with new and old partners

Who Should Attend

Children's librarians and library paraprofessional and support staff in public and school libraries who work with young children. Library administrators, community early literacy partners, and other stakeholders in early literacy success would find the content of value in planning and advocating new roles for their library.

The webcast would be especially helpful to those who have purchased the ECRR materials and have attended other introductory trainings.


Elaine Meyers is a public library consultant in King Ferry, New York. She served on the Every Child Ready to Read Task Force and as a consultant for the second edition. Her areas of expertise are youth services planning, evaluation and staff training.



ALSC offers this archived webinar to all ALSC members free of charge. Non-members can purchase the webinar archive for $25 per individual, or $195 for groups.
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How to Register

ALSC members, please click this link to view the archived webinar. Note that you will need your ALA login information to access the archived webinar; if you click on this link and receive a page error message, please ignore it and proceed to the login link in the top right corner of the page. If you are an ALSC member and you are having problems logging into the ALSC website please contact Kristen Figliulo.

Non-ALSC members, please use the links below to purchase the webinar archive through the ALA Store:


Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


If you have questions about purchase, please visit the FAQ or contact the ALA Store by phone: 1-866-Shop ALA or by email ala-orders@PBD.com.  

All other inquiries can be directed to Kristen Figliulo, ALSC program officer, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.