Literacy

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Summer is a critical time for children, and according to research from the National Summer Learning Association, children can lose up to 3 months of their school year learning during this time. Libraries have long embraced their role in the summer learning landscape, and more and more are adding in critical out of school time learning that align to 21st Century Learning Skills, Common Core State Standards or even Next Generation Science Standards.
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This free on-demand webinar empowers all federal student loan borrowers with an overview of online tools and resources for managing personal student loans during the uncertain times of COVID-19. Learn about options made available under the CARES Act and strategies for lowering monthly federal student loan payments after COVID-19 stimulus assistance ends. Electronic tools for helping patrons enroll to lower payments and helping public service workers maintain eligibility for student loan forgiveness programs are discussed.
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PLA has two free tools that can help you provide and measure digital literacy services. DigitalLearn.org provides tutorials on essential basic technologies designed for use in library patron training, and also offers the ability to create a custom site branded for your library. Project Outcome provides simple survey tools to measure the outcomes of digital literacy programs and services. This free on-demand webinar shows you how to use both of these tools together to augment your digital literacy training and measure the impact your digital literacy services have in the community.
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According to Pew Research Center, millennials (22–37-year-olds) are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries, with 53% of millennials saying they used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months, as of fall 2016. However, most millennials are “high use, low contact” patrons, meaning they interact in person with the library very little. So how do we get them through our doors and interacting with the library on a deeper level? Start with programming!
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To get you prepared for financial literacy programs and events at your library, PLA partners with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) for this special webinar presentation.
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New media is everywhere and children are using it. This webinar will focus on real best practices of incorporating new media into preschool services. What are some specific apps that are age appropriate for preschoolers?; How much time should be devoted to using an iPad or other tablets in a preschool storytime?; What are the pros and cons of leading a digital-focused preschool storytime versus a traditional preschool storytime?
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In our first webinar, we covered the research behind new media and preschool services - screen time, co-viewing, and evaluation of media for preschoolers. In this follow-up, we’ll focus on practical application: what do digital storytimes look and sound like? how are other libraries implementing their digital storytimes and other media programs for preschool? what apps, tools, and other resources are libraries using?
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Want to engage school-age kids through exciting STEAM programming in your library but don’t know where to start? Three recipients of the Strengthening Communities Through Libraries grant are ready to share tips and tricks for partnering with others, selecting materials, outreach to build participation, measuring outcomes, and documenting success. Many libraries struggle with STEAM programming; this webinar will give you the confidence to start tomorrow.
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The Cuyahoga County Public Library System and its local Parma School System have piloted a rich partnership to help youth literacy. It began with after school programming led by librarians, branched out to a homework center and a collaborative approach towards summer reading, and is now tackling the topics of early literacy and helping students achieve grade level reading standards. These organizations tell you how the literacy partnership was established and expanded so successfully and how your library can forge a similar program to impact youth in your community. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
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Every day community members who lack basic computer knowledge and skills access their local public libraries hoping to complete life tasks many of us take for granted. The Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to partner with AT&T to expand upon its work helping libraries and their communities close the digital divide through new and improved DigitalLearn.org courses and training materials.