Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 1: Ages and Stages in Early Literacy Programming

What kind of programs can you offer for infants in your library? Should programming for two year olds look different than programming for five year olds? Discover these answers and more in this action packed webinar. We’ll be discussing different developmental stages from ages birth to five, how to program for different ages, and what it looks like in a real life library.

Learning Outcomes

By attending this webinar, participants will: 
  • Learn the different developmental stages of children between ages 0-5.
  • Acquire new ideas to incorporate into existing early literacy programming in their library.
  • Identify the Five Practices (Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®) in their current and future programming and use developmental tips to point them out to adult program participants. 
  • Gain an understanding of best library practices when creating early literacy programming.

Who Should Attend

Librarians who serve youth ages 0-5 and their families, youth services managers, branch managers, and library directors. Public librarians working in other areas, library school students who are interested in serving youth, and anyone who works with young children and their families.


This webinar will be presented by ALSC's Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee members Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Pamela Hamlin, and Brooke Newberry.

Based on her experiences as a children’s librarian in public libraries and children’s museums for more than 25 years, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen believes that the best way to learn is through play. Developer of the nationally-replicated “Mother Goose on the Loose” (named a “National Early Literacy Best Practice” in 2015), Betsy enjoys presenting training workshops, webinars, and online courses for librarians. Member of the ALSC Early Childhood Services and Programs Committee, her website is www.mgol.net and Twitter handle is @MGOtL.

Pamela Hamlin is the Family Literacy Specialist for the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. For 25 years, she has worked in the early education field as a teacher and administrator, teen parent resource and referral counselor, trainer, and librarian. One aspect of her current position is providing early literacy workshops for caregivers, librarians, and early childhood educators based on ALA’s  "Every Child Ready to Read" program. Pam is a new member of ALSC’s Early Childhood Services and Programs Committee.
Brooke Newberry, an early literacy librarian in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a fan of anything involving little ones under 5. Self appointing herself “The Beyoncé of Babies”, she loves to sing, dance, and play at every storytime and throughout the day as well. She is currently chair of the ALSC Early Childhood Services and Programs Committee. You can find her at Reading With Red (readingwithred.blogspot.com) and on Twitter as @be_newberry.



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 Kristen Figliulo.

If you are not an ALSC member, please use the links below to purchase the webinar archive through the ALA Store:

Individual Rate
Group Rate

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


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