For immediate release | December 29, 2011

ALSC, PLA offer Every Child Ready to Read webinar

CHICAGO - Following the release of the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® Second Edition, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are offering a new webinar to update librarians on the new product: Every Child to Ready: New Conversations on Research, Relationships and Partnerships. The webinar will be offered on three different occasions in February, March and April.

Every Child Ready to Read continues a commitment to research and introduces a powerful concept of constrained and unconstrained skill sets to initiate conversations with parents and caregivers. The 2nd edition utilizes natural language and a flexible format to encourage a more interactive way for library staff to work with caregivers and to create new ways for parents to interact with their children. Community and staff partnerships are a staple of ECRR, and the 90-minute webinar will discuss research, new ways to relate to customers, partners and community members using the new tools provided by ECRR.

The webinar will take place from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST on Feb. 16; from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST on March 8; and from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CST on April 12. It will run for approximately 90 minutes and include time for Q&A. The webinar will be presented three times to offer participants more scheduling options; participants should plan on attending only one of the dates mentioned. To register for the webinar visit the ALSC Webinars site. Webinar fees are $45 for ALSC and PLA members; $55 for non-members and $195 for groups.

The webinar is being taught by Elaine Meyers, who is a public library consultant in King Ferry, N.Y. She served on the Every Child Ready to Read Task Force and as a consultant for the second edition. Her areas of expertise are youth services planning, evaluation and staff training.
Please contact Jenny Najduch, ALSC program officer, with questions at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4026. Space in the webinar is limited, and registration is currently open.
ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 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 its 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.