Literacy

On-DemandWebinar
Storytime has joined the digital age, and incorporating digital media into collections and programming is now an essential part of children’s librarianship. Join PLA and instructor Cen Campbell for this on-demand webinar that tackles this new territory. Cen explores mobile apps and e-books and shares practical techniques for integrating these tools into traditional early literacy programming.
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Kristin Boyett, a librarian at the University of North Texas Wills Library, offers a snapshot of Edible Books events from years past at the university as well as provides tips for how to conduct a successful program, including how to alter programs to suit various audiences and facilities. Learn how much fun it can be to attend and host!
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Originally recorded on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, this free, hour-long webinar features Patricia Barch, Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library and Carmen Patlan, Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library, as they discuss tips, tools, resources, and best practices for serving English language learners. Made possible by The American Dream Starts @ your library®, a grant initiative funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Diane McNutt and Jane Light, Silicon Valley Reads, will describe this library’s "one book-one community" program in Santa Clara (Calif.) County. Its 2012 program, "Muslim and American -Two Perspectives," featured two books written by American Muslims, ("The Muslim Next Door" by Sumbul Ali-Karamali and "The Butterfly Mosque" by G. Willow Wilson). More than 100 programs were presented, including author readings, panel discussions, films, an open house evening at a local mosque and an art exhibit.
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Interested in expanding your library’s “reach” into the community, specifically to bring the library to nontraditional library users? In 2015, the St. Charles (IL) Public Library’s (SCPL) Outreach Services team (David Kelsey, Dana Hintz, Lynda Spraner, Christine Steck) decided to transform engagement initiatives to local businesses, by enhancing SCPL’s Literacy Partners program. Literacy Partners feature good-condition and popular withdrawn library books, magazines, and audiovisual materials; patrons can keep materials and do not need to return them.
On-DemandWebinar
"I hate reading." "Reading is boring". Being seen in the library is social suicide". are some direct quotes from young reluctant readers. How librarians, both school and public, can effectively engage with hard-to-shift children of all ages and develop strategies for firing them up is what this webinar is all about.
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Please join ALA’s Committee on Literacy and Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services for a webinar on food literacy and access. Though not an exhaustive definition, we can think of food literacy, from the individual to the community level, as knowledge, skills, and behaviors that contribute to well-balanced diets, taking into account structural factors such as access, security, and sustainability.
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In 2017, the Public Library Association (PLA) launched a new initiative, Fostering Creative Community Connections, with Public Libraries and the Short Story Dispenser. With funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, PLA worked with the French company Short Édition to bring their Short Story Dispenser and digital content creation platform to a pilot group of select U.S. public libraries. The aim of the project was to strengthen a culture of literacy and reading, while increasing public awareness and use of library programs and services.
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Talking about issues related to racial justice is difficult in today's political climate. Given the uptick of reported incidents of racism that students of color are experiencing in schools, alongside recent developments with state laws, educational policies and instructional practices connected to anti-racism and equity, this webinar will focus on children's literature that supports racial literacy development.
Self-PacedeCourse
This course is not currently being offered as part of this year’s course schedule; however, for groups who have 20 or more individuals interested in taking the course, we can offer it exclusively to your organization! . This four-week YALSA online course will introduce those who work with teens and graphic novels to best practices, including an overview of graphic novel descriptors and assorted examples; graphic literacy and text literacy; and bibliographic issues such as selection, access, and marketing.