For immediate release | April 19, 2011

ALSC and PLA to offer Sneak Peek Webinar for upcoming Every Child Ready to Read® toolkit

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CDT on May 4, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and Public Library Association (PLA) will host a free Sneak Peek Webinar for the eagerly anticipated "Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) @ your library® 2nd Edition."

Featuring Dr. Susan Neuman, professor in educational studies, University of Michigan School of Education, and Elaine Meyers, independent library consultant, this hour-long webinar will provide a review of the early literacy research that led to the development of the "ECRR 2nd Edition"; an overview of the toolkit’s components; and an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Registration for the “Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® 2nd Edition Sneak Peek Webinar” is free and is open to members and nonmembers alike. Registration is available here.

The ECRR program provides public libraries and other early literacy centers with tools to help prepare parents/caregivers for their critical role as their child's first teacher. The "2nd Edition" toolkit includes a series of customizable workshops that demonstrate how parents, grandparents, childcare providers and preschool teachers can use five simple practices—talking, singing, reading, writing and playing—to develop language and pre-reading skills in children from birth to age 5. "Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® 2nd Edition" is scheduled to be available in June 2011.

"ECRR 2nd Edition" was researched and written by Dr. Susan Neuman and Dr. Donna Celano, assistant professor, Communication Department, LaSalle University.

ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,200 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit their website at

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.


Amy Sargent