New Media and Preschool Services - Practical Applications

In our first webinar, we covered the research behind new media and preschool services - screen time, co-viewing, and evaluation of media for preschoolers. In this follow-up, we’ll focus on practical application: what do digital storytimes look and sound like? how are other libraries implementing their digital storytimes and other media programs for preschool? what apps, tools, and other resources are libraries using? 

Three public libraries will share their format, tools, and resources for facilitating digital storytimes, with sample plans and tech suggestions. After this webinar, you will be prepared to plan, promote, and present your own digital storytime for preschool audiences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will know…how to set up for a digital storytime, from planning to promoting to facilitating.
  • Participants will understand….what to look for when reviewing apps and other digital media
  • Participants will be able to…plan and run a digital story time from start to finish.

Who Should Attend

Department heads, library school students, all staff serving children and their caregivers


As a library services clerk for the Huntington Beach Public Library, Laura Jenkins entertains and educates preschoolers and their families in storytimes, pop culture programs, and through reader advisory initiatives. Laura is passionate about infusing technology into traditional library programming and has fun surprising patrons with giant e-book readings and app play in the middle of otherwise traditional sessions. Laura is a first-year MLIS student at San Jose State University and geeks youth services, emerging technology, and visual literature.

Francesca de Freitas is a Children's Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library. As a librarian, mother to two experiments in perpetual motion, and an escaped web developer, Francesca delights in sharing the wondrous world of stories available to children - in all its forms - including electronic ones.

Carissa Christner currently works as a Youth Services Librarian in Madison, Wisconsin which she likes much better than her first job in high school, working at a theme park. She has created an online course for librarians called Digital Storytime about incorporating apps into children’s library programming and she regularly reviews apps on the local news. She also created a podcast called the App Fairy in which she interviews her favorite app makers in a meet-the-author format. Carissa blogs about her library adventures at



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Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


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