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
- 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 early literacy librarian at the La Crosse (WI) Public Library. She has 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.