Format: Self-paced Course
Developed with: funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and OCLC
Length: Approximately 10 hours of videos, activities, readings and reflection questions
You already provide great storytimes. Supercharge your practice to make them even better!
Supercharged Storytimes is a self-paced course consisting of six modules, which include videos, readings, activities, and reflection questions. The course provides training in how to intentionally apply research-based practices to boost early literacy in young children attending library storytime.
As a result of taking the Supercharged Storytimes self-paced course, practitioners will be able to:
- Explain the impact of library storytime practices on early literacy development in children, referencing significant studies such as the VIEWS2 research. Describe the key pillars of a supercharged storytime and integrate them into their own storytimes.
- Be intentional in supporting early literacy behaviors in relation to books and storytime activities through the use of the Early Literacy Planning Tool.
- Increase interactivity with children during story times, observing children’s behaviors, and engage parents/caregivers to reinforce these behaviors at home and in other environments.
- Share early literacy information with parents/caregivers, providing them with ideas and resources they can use with their children in everyday life.
- Use assessment tools to evaluate and improve storytimes, including self-reflection and the Project Outcome Early Childhood Literacy outcome-based assessment toolkit.
- Employ strategies to reach children and families of highest needs in communities served by the library.
Confidently articulate the value of library storytimes to a variety of stakeholders and recognize how Supercharged Storytimes connects to other early literacy structures such as their state’s early learning guidelines, Every Child Ready to Read® and Head Start Child Outcomes.
Presented by: Saroj Ghoting, Early Literacy Instructor; Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Programs Manager; CiKeithia Pugh, Early Learning Program Manager at The Seattle Public Library; and Emily Plagman, Project Manager at Project Outcome, PLA.
With support from OCLC and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, RE-95-17-0085-17.
Originally published 2018; updated 2023.