Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: LibraryU, a program of the Illinois State Library and the regional library systems
Length: 1 hour

This course is designed for teachers, librarians, and parents who are helping beginning readers choose books to read. As professionals we can fine tune this process before it begins, eliminate much of the frustration, and offer the learner appropriate choices that will get them into actually READING books while they still want to, and not after they're too tired to even care anymore!

It is based on the Reading Recovery Teacher training in which teachers learn how an appropriate book choice for each daily lesson encourages successful reading. Reading Recovery is a program for early intervention for 1st graders who are at-risk in the area of literacy.

This course will help you:

  • Identify the interests and curiosities of a young reader by topics, authors and favorites
  • Assess the reader's reading level for appropriate choices
  • Choose books by looking at format, structure and language
  • Introduce a book to a reader to help ensure reading success
  • Become aware of different types of reading for varying difficulties and fluencies

Format: Self-paced Course
Developed with: funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Length: 1 hour

It takes a library to encourage children. Everyone in the library can support, promote and encourage early literacy. This course provides an overview of early literacy and ways library staff can interact with children to encourage singing, talking, reading, writing and playing.

Course Objectives:

Public Service Competencies – Children’s Services

  • Provide experiences, resources and interactions that fuel a love of learning.
  • Model and promotes a welcoming, supportive, and nonjudgmental attitude towards children and their families.
  • Promote awareness of children’s services to other staff members and contributes to their training in relation to the delivery of those services.
  • Provide services that enhanced literacy and reading skills.


Course Design:
Enid Costley

Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: LibraryU, a program of the Illinois State Library and the regional library systems
Length: 1 hour

This course is intended for anyone who works or volunteers in a library and is responsible for planning, developing and delivering story time programs.

The course will help you develop successful library story time programs for children of different developmental age groups, and covers planning and preparation, presentation tips and techniques, and sample story time programs.

Format: Self-paced Course
Developed with: funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Length: This is a self-directed learning experience. There are five modules within this course, each with a 1-hour archive recording.

You already provide great storytimes. Supercharge your practice to make them even better.

Access this course to:

  • Learn more about the Supercharged Storytimes online orientation, originally offered to more than 500 library staff members in six states in 2015;
  • Access archived orientation materials and share your thoughts with other course enrollees in discussion forums;
  • Learn how to incorporate research-based early literacy concepts into your storytimes;
  • Recognize the role early literacy plays in early childhood development; and
  • Gain insight for articulating the relevance of your services to parents, caregivers, and other library stakeholders.
Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: LibraryU, a program of the Illinois State Library and the regional library systems
Length: 1 hour

What does it mean to be a Storyteller? As an experienced Storyteller, Nancy Tolson will help you find the story, identify your storytelling style, then give you practical tips on how to adorn and make that story personal. Along the way she will share some of her favorite stories with you to inspire and spark your own creativity.

This course is intended for anyone who would like to increase their ability to tell captivating, enlightening and inspiring stories to audiences of all ages.

Format: Self-paced Course
Developed with: WebJunction
Length: 2 hours

HOMAGO (Hanging Out. Messing Around. Geeking Out) is an exploratory learning approach that has been used successfully to engage youth. The Howard County Library System's HiTech Digital Media Lab applies innovative teaching methods based on HOMAGO, demonstrating that teens learn most effectively through hands-on projects and peer-to-peer communications.

Learn about:

  • the HOMAGO approach
  • how HiTech Labs engage teens at the library
  • the connection between digital media and STEM
  • how to apply hands-on instruction in a teen-centered environment
  • what works, both high and low tech

Course Design: Based on a webinar originally presented by Angela Brade, Chief Operating Officer, Support Services, Howard County Library System, Maryland and designed by WebJunction.