Books and Literacy Experiences for Infants and Toddlers

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Registration: 9 – 9:30 a.m. |  Workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Do toddlers come to your library for storytime? Would you like ideas for lapsits? Learn new ways to bring books and literacy to children under three at this workshop for public librarians and early childhood educators. Explore techniques to use books, music, art, and play to engage your youngest users and their caregivers and to develop a lasting relationship between families and the library.

Presenter Sue McCleaf Nespeca will lead an information-packed workshop featuring current developmental research, guidance in selecting materials, ways to encourage adult participation, use of music and movement, and age-appropriate art and play activities.

High-quality literacy experiences for young children are geared specifically to their developmental needs. Infants and toddlers who attend library programs benefit from the experience, and their parents benefit from the information and modeling that they receive. Infancy is an excellent age for library programs to support the child’s intellectual development and the adult/child connection.

As a result of this workshop, library staff will learn cutting-edge information about baby and toddler programming, new materials that are available for this age group, and up-to-date research about brain and child development.

Sue McCleaf Nespeca is the head of Kid Lit Plus Consulting, and has over thirty years’ experience in youth services library work. She has written or contributed to numerous books and articles, including Upstart’s Very Ready Reading Program and Picture Books Plus: 100 Extension Activities in Art, Drama, Music, Math and Science. She has served on several American Library Association youth media award committees and was a trainer for the “Every Child Ready to Read” project. Sue is an adjunct instructor at Kent State (Ohio) University’s School of Library and Information Sciences and holds master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Location:  Upper Merion Township Library, 175 West Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406-1802

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 This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.