Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children's Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity

We all know that diversity and inclusion are vital topics for our libraries and our democracy, but it can be hard to know how to approach this topic with young children and their families. In this workshop, Dr. Michelle H. Martin will provide attendees with strategies for using children’s literature to engage readers of all ages with questions of identity and difference. Dr. Martin will help participants increase their cultural competence for work with young people. 

Learning Outcomes

By attending this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn to develop and ask culturally relevant and age-appropriate discussion questions about diverse literature.
  • Learn how to help young readers use literature for social justice.
  • Learn how to move from being an ally to being an accomplice for diversity.
  • Gain ideas for using diverse literature as a springboard for hands-on activities that deepen learning.

Who Should Attend

The primary audience will be children’s librarians and library staff in public libraries who are serving youth ages 0-6. We believe that anyone interested in working with young children, will find this webinar series beneficial. Practitioners will be able to learn new information and build upon what they already know. In addition, youth services managers, branch managers, and library directors who supervise librarians working with ages 0-5 will find this webinar valuable.

Instructors

Instructor: Dr. Michelle H. Martin, Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services, Information School, University of Washington
Co-instructor: J. Elizabeth Mills, PhD Candidate and Beverly Cleary Research Assistant

Registration

Cost

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

If you are an ALSC member 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 Sarah Polen.

Please note: As ALA transitions to a new, centralized eLearning site, this on-demand webinar is temporarily unavailable for one-click purchase via the ALA Store. If you'd like to purchase this on-demand webinar, please contact Sarah Polen.

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access

Contact

Sarah Polen
ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education
spolen@ala.org
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026