Face to Face Institute Programs

Adele, Rascal Flatts, Mumford & Sons, and LL Cool J Come to Storytime
Teresa Cain, Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Break away from convention and incorporate music by notable artists in a variety of genres in your ECRR2 storytimes. Learn to support the ECRR2 practice of play by: * using manipulatives * leading creative movement * leading creative dramatics The caregivers will thank you. (And the preschoolers don't come to storytime without them.)


ECRR the Next Generation: Innovative Ways to Present Early Literacy Information to Parents, Teachers, Children and the Community
Lisa Dengerink, Mary Kuehner, and Sarah McNeil, Denver Public Library

Denver Public Library moved beyond the PowerPoint and created innovative ways to spread the word about ECRR, including an ice cream cart to engage parents and children in early literacy learning at family events, play and learn groups, passive programming and community partnerships. Come learn about these activities (including successes and failures) and how they can work in your community to help parents and caregivers understand how simple early literacy skills building can be!


Discover & Explore: Playful Learning Centers/Descubre & Explora: Centros de Aprendizaje
Tina Birkholz and Grisel Leon, Gail Borden Public Library

Are you looking for fun, easy and practical STEAM and pre-literacy activities for preschoolers? As a recipient of the ALSC/Dollar General 2015 Building STEAM with Día mini-grants, we would like to share the science, technology, engineering, art and math stations we developed, as well as the stations from our successful Ready...Set...Read!/¡Listos...para...Leer! programs. All of the materials were created in English and Spanish and are ready to be used in your library!


Fighting Intergenerational Illiteracy with Family Reading Engagement & Community Support without a Grant
Jonathon Dolce, Lake County BCC

Participants will learn how to design a series of programs designed to help families help their children improve their reading skills by involving the whole family in making reading fun.
• Deliver quality humanities education experiences to at-risk families
• Increase public library use among at-risk families
• Increase family bonding and reading time of at-risk families
• Positively affect the attitude and behavior of at-risk families regarding reading
All without having to write a grant proposal. 

Healthy Partnerships: Creating an Early Literacy Outreach Partnership for Hospitalized Children
Amanda Bressler, Boston Public Library

Scrub in and pull on your rubber gloves; it's time to operate...an early literacy partnership with your local hospital's children's unit! Based on an outreach partnership between the Boston Public Library and Boston Children's Hospital since 2014, this program will provide an overview of hospital departments to partner with, special considerations for providing library services to severely ill children and their families, and other strategies to set up your early literacy partnership for success.


Interactive Learning at Every Branch: System-Wide Lessons Learned
Anne-Marie Despain, San Mateo County Libraries; Rita Hamilton, Phoenix Public Library; Tracy Strobel, Cuyahoga County Public Library; Kim Van Der Veen, Burgeon Group LLC

Combined, the Directors have opened dozens of libraries, many with small interactive learning spaces integrated in their design. Each speaker has worked with multiple architects, designers, and partners to create various models of interactive learning spaces in their libraries. Learn how their approach has evolved, how they’ve leveraged spaces for programs and grants, and share lessons learned and mistakes to avoid as you consider a hands-on learning space in your library.


Kindergarten Bootcamp - Preparing Parents for Children's School Success
Jacqueline Higgins-Dailey, Phoenix Public Library

Preparing children for kindergarten is one of the most important ways parents influence their child's future success, but oftentimes parents don’t know what skills children need or how to teach them. Phoenix Public Library implemented a program that focuses on parent outcomes to prepare children with the tools they need to succeed! We will share how we developed the curriculum, important concepts, and provide the resources and framework to start your own kindergarten readiness program. 


Pop Up Library: Once You Pop, You Can't Stop
Sara Pope, MyTesha Tates, and Mary Wagoner, Houston Public Library

Houston Public Library’s Pop Up Library, initiated with IMLS grant funds, program addresses summer reading slide by including STEAM activities as part of its aggressive outreach program into low income communities. The Pop Up Library brings books, crafts, iPad activities and resources to customers where they live, work and play. Learn the steps that build internal and external relationships and sustain the program after the grant.


Serving ALL Families in Your Library: Inclusive Library Collections and Programs for LGBTQ Families & Children
Jamie Campbell-Naidoo, University of Alabama - SLIS; Megan Roberts, LGBT Center of Raleigh Library

Children with LGBTQ caregivers live in almost every community nationwide. Is your library meeting the informational and recreational needs of these Rainbow Families? Do ALL types of families feel welcome in your library? This session explores the concept of Rainbow Families, offering criteria for selecting and using children's books with LGBTQ content. We will also examine how librarians can offer inclusive programs for these families by using materials that redefine gender norms and family compositions.


Summer Reading Reconsidered: Think People, Not Prizes
Kim Becnel and Robin Moeller, Appalachian State University

Every year, youth services librarians struggle to provide the best, most appealing prizes they can afford as incentives and rewards for children who read a certain number of books during the summer months. It’s a noble effort to prevent summer slide, but it’s worth asking—does this really work? In this session, we’ll see what the research, and some actual children, have to say about traditional SRPS and how we might do it better. 

More programs to come!