Honoring Infancy: Libraries Welcoming Babies

“Can I take my baby to the library?” Even though many libraries are working to encourage families with infants by planning infant-friendly programs and spaces, families with babies still sometimes don’t realize that the library can be a destination for them. Join members of ALSC’s Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee as we share ideas and tips for developing a baby-friendly library experience. Topics will include marketing strategies, family-friendly policies and areas and helping non-youth staff understand babies.

Learning Outcomes

Discuss what library family-friendly policies look like.

Explore communication strategies to engage non-youth services library staff in the importance of advocating for library services for babies.

Discover marketing strategies to promote library services for families with babies.

Who Should Attend

Librarians serving families with babies and young children. Library staff wishing to learn more about why libraries provide services for families with babies.


Jo Caisse is the Youth Services Librarian at the Wilsonville Library in Oregon and has served on several ALSC committees. She has the great pleasure of being part of a library that believes in the importance of delivery great library service to families with babies.

Kristen Rocha Aldrich is a Program Director of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York and a member of ALSC. Prior to her work at Reach Out and Read, she worked in Early Childhood Education at the New York Public Library.

Stephanie Smallwood is the Early Literacy Specialist for the Springfield-Greene County Library District in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to becoming a librarian, she was an early childhood teacher and curriculum coordinator. She has worked with families for 15 years. She is currently the co-chair of the Early Childhood Programs and Services committee.



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How to Register

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Tech Requirements

computer, internet access, speakers/headphones


Sarah Polen
Program Officer, Continuing Education