Honoring Infancy: Growing the Garden - Nurturing a Play and Early Learning Space

“Let’s Do It” you proclaim. As a youth professional you have established the importance of play.  But how do you get there and create a space supported by the library and your community? Join members from ALSC’s Early Childhood Programs & Services committee as we explore library play and learning spaces for the youngest of patrons. Whether you’re working with a small budget or looking to redesign your space you can create a play and learning space.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Appreciate the aspects of planning for a play and early learning space.
  • Learn factors that will make a play and early learning space successful.
  • Discover how a play and early learning space changes the public’s experience.

Who Should Attend

Librarians who serve infants/toddlers and their families, youth services managers, branch managers, and library directors who wish to emphasize early learning at their library.


This webinar is organized by members of the Early Childhood Programs and Services committee.

Mike Rogalla is the Children’s Services Manager at the Champaign Public Library in Illinois.  Blessed by a talented staff with extensive early learning experience, he has the pleasure of offering a very popular space for the youngest in his community.

Tori Ogawa is a Youth Services Librarian at Kitsap Regional Library in Washington. Tori focuses on early literacy and learning programs and community outreach. Tori is a member of the Association for Library Service to Children and currently serves on the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee.



ALSC offers this archived webinar to all ALSC members free of charge.

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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.

If you are not an ALSC member, you can access this webinar through the ALA Store.


Tech Requirements

computer, internet access, speakers/headphones


Sarah Polen
Program Officer, Continuing Education|