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The Power of Play for Early Childhood Learning in Your Library (ALSC webcast archive)—GROUP RATE
Connie Wilson and Peg Pond for ALSC
Item Number: 060323
Publisher: ALSC
Price: $195.00
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What do you do to play? Would you like to play all day? Play is a child's work! Research clearly shows play is key to early childhood development and lifelong success. Play is critical to a child's healthy development in all areas of school readiness, especially social emotional development and early literacy. How is play relevant to library services? Join us as we answer that question and identify ways to incorporate play in library programs and spaces to promote children's early childhood development and motivate caregivers to enjoy play with their children.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:
  • Understand the critical role of play in early childhood development and its impact on learning, particularly early literacy and school readiness
  • Learn at least 4 techniques for using props in storytime and other programs to promote and expand play
  • Learn at least 3 methods to encourage caregivers to provide enjoyable play experiences for and with their children
  • Learn ways libraries are incorporating play into their programs and spaces

About the Instructors

Connie Wilson recently retired after 21 years in various librarian and supervisory positions at Carroll County (MD) Public Library. She has incorporated the importance of play and ways to promote children's play in workshops for librarians in various states, most recently Montana. Additionally, in Maryland she has presented workshops incorporating play to child care providers, parents and early childhood educators. Connie as lead trainer for an Early Literacy Training research study in Carroll County, recently presented ALSC/PLA webinars on training and motivating adults to foster early literacy and school readiness.

Peg Pond is currently the Programming Specialist in Outreach Services at Carroll County Public Library. In her 24 years of library service, she has utilized her creativity and training, acquired as part of her graduate degree, in puppetry and connecting children's literature with drama to bring early literacy to children through storytimes and puppet shows. Peg's uses her educational expertise to share techniques and strategies for promoting children's school readiness and early literacy development in workshops for librarians, parents, child care providers, and other early childhood professionals

For more than eight decades, librarians from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) have intensely scrutinized the children's books published each year, selecting the winning and honor books for the Newbery and Caldecott Awards. In addition, the ALSC division of the ALA is committed to creating a nation of readers, starting with the youngest. ALSC supports all those providing library services to children, including youth librarians, teachers, families, literature experts, publishers, and child advocates.

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