New eCourse: Practical Library Services for Grade School Kids

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/11/2018


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Practical Library Services for Grade School Kids (Kindergarten through Second Grade). R. Lynn Baker will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

By the time kids enter kindergarten, their relationship with the library has changed. Many are already reading and are ready to select books to read independently. As children enter grade school, the programs, services, and materials offered to them should coincide with the literacy levels common for that age group and material teachers cover in school.

In this eCourse, R. Lynn Baker will provide information and hands-on practice to help library staff create intentional, literacy-based programs for children in kindergarten through second grade. You’ll gain practical knowledge and skills and an understanding of how to put them to work.

eCourse outline

  • Week 1: Beginning Reading Skills that Grow from Early Literacy Practices
  • Week 2: Types of Programs for Children in Grades K-2
  • Week 3: Field Trips, Outreach, and Specialized Programs for Children
  • Week 4: Creating an Effective Program Plan for a K-2 Program

About the Instructor

R. Lynn Baker is the author of Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide to Creating a School Readiness Program for Your Community and Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5. With a background in early childhood education and library programming for children, Baker provides training to early childhood educators and librarians. She holds her bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education; a trainer’s credential; and her Master’s in Library and Information Science. Baker is an adjunct professor for Northern Kentucky University, teaching Library Programming for Children.

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions facilitated eCourse, which begins on Nov. 5, 2018, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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