Early Literacy Programming in the Digital Age

Course Objectives:

Are you concerned about how new screen technologies are impacting young children? Are you working to help children in your community develop their early literacy skills and school readiness? Does the idea of adding one more service or technology to your existing offerings fill you with dread?

Library staff has a crucial skill-set for evaluating content and collections and for supporting developing literacy skills. With the explosion of touch-screen technology and the resulting app and e-book market, there’s a real need for applying these skills to help families navigate the changing media landscape.

In this webinar you will learn about the latest research into children, early literacy, and screen technology; best practices for using media in early literacy programming; get tips for selecting quality resources; and learn about the qualities of successful digital literacy programs and how to incorporate them in your library.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

Have access to quality research supporting the inclusion of digital services for children in early literacy programming Know how to evaluate apps and eBooks for inclusion in a library’s circulating or storytelling collection Have steps for planning an Early Literacy Program that incorporates digital media with traditional storytelling techniques

This webinar will be of interest to public library staff working with children, their department heads, technical staff, and Library Directors.