University of Wisconsin–Madison

Babies in the Library [Full!]

Library service to patrons begins at birth. How can library practitioners offer the best programs, collections, and services possible to the youngest members of our communities (0-23 months)? After laying the groundwork for developmentally appropriate practice, this course will provide strategies and ideas for providing outstanding services to families with young children. Whether you are new to the profession, considering starting a baby storytime, searching for outreach partners, or looking to refresh your collection, this course will build a foundation for working with the very young.

At a glance

When: Feb 1 – Mar 14, 2021

Where: Online

Cost: $250 (10% discount if you register 2 weeks in advance!)

CE Credit: 2.0 CEUs/20 LEUs

Program: #306921

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

This course is full. Click on the “register online” button to add your name to the waiting list. Persons on the wait list will be offered a spot if one opens before or during the first week of the class. Being on the wait list is free of charge; you will only be charged if you accept a spot in the class if it becomes available. Being on the wait list does not obligate you to accept a spot if offered.

Due to the continuation of remote work, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Anna Palmer, or Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins.

Course details


  • Child development for children ages 0-23 months
  • Best practices for serving children ages 0-23 months
  • Building collections
  • Program planning, storytime and beyond
  • Outreach & partnerships
  • Play spaces

Expectations: Each week you will be required to review resources, listen to/read lectures, and participate in online discussion. There will be a final project for this course that you can ideally implement immediately in your library. This course is designed for learners who are currently working with youth in a library, and assignments will reflect this with their practicality, relevance, and time requirements.

Instructor: Brooke Newberry holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Indiana University, and is the collaborative consultant for the Winding Rivers Library System (LaCrosse, WI). She has previously been the early literacy librarian at the LaCrosse (WI) Public Library, served as chair of the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee for the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC), and co-written the Collaborative Summer Library Program Early Literacy Manual for three years.