Advanced eCourse: Children's Services Fundamentals

Advanced eCourse: Children’s Services Fundamentals

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

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$ 450.00
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From:  April 9, 2018
To:  July 1, 2018
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
12 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
72 Hours
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Are you new to children’s services or working with children in the library? Enhance your youth services skills in this new 12-week advanced eCourse led by Penny Peck, an instructor at San Jose State University’s iSchool with over 30 years of experience as a children’s librarian.

Designed for librarians who have been tasked with providing services to children, but who may have limited or no experience working with children in a library setting, this eCourse teaches you the fundamentals of children’s services—from tips on how to best interact with kids one-on-one to how to run library programs for kids.

Throughout this 12-week course, Peck covers a wide variety of areas including reference, homework help, readers’ advisory, collection development, storytime, programming for families, summer learning, and basic promotion of books to children. You’ll learn how to reach out to, mentor, and work with different children populations including latchkey kids, children from non-English speaking families, and children with special needs. 

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts of children’s services and how to interact with kids
  • Be able to provide base level reference, programming, and collection development services for children
  • Have knowledge and strategies that will help you work with children of different ages and different backgrounds
  • Be able to schedule and supervise ongoing programs at your library

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on April 9, 2018. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Penny Peck will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 12-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Week 1: Introduction to Serving Youth in the Library

  • Philosophy and values involved in library service to children
  • Developmental needs of children
  • Library policies and children

Week 2:  Reference

  • Reference services to children
  • Reference services to parents and teachers
  • Library instruction and tours

Week 3: Homework Help

  • Assisting children with homework
  • Homework Centers
  • Online homework resources

Week 4: Readers Advisory

  • Readers Advisory interview
  • Finding read-alouds and beginning reading for younger children
  • Finding books for confident readers, finding read-alikes

Week 5: Collection Development

  • Collection policy and evaluating the collection
  • Books for youth – both fiction and nonfiction
  • Media

Week 6: Storytime

  • Why we do storytimes, types of storytimes (by age group)
  • Types of stories
  • Songs, flannel boards, puppets, and other essentials

Week 7: Book-related Programming

  • Book discussion groups
  • Booktalks
  • Author/illustrator visits

Week 8: Entertainment and Multicultural Programming

  • Professional entertainment presenters
  • Multicultural programs
  • Movie programs

Week 9: Hands-on Programming, Gaming, and Makerspaces

  • Craft and other hands-on programming
  • Makerspaces and STEM programming
  • Ongoing gaming programs

Week 10: Summer Programming

  • Summer reading incentive programs
  • Summer learning programs
  • Passive programming

Week 11:  Outreach and Community Partnerships

  • Outreach services to the community
  • Partnerships with nonprofits, schools, and businesses
  • Using volunteers

Week 12: The Future of Youth Services

  • Online services to youth
  • Innovative programs for families
  • Serving our diverse communities

Penny Peck

Penny Peck has been a children's librarian for more 30 years and is currently a member of her local school board. She is editor of BayNews, the newsletter for the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California, and blogs at  Since 2002, she has been a part-time instructor at San Jose State University, specializing in classes on children’s and tween programs and services. She has written three books on children's services, published by Libraries Unlimited, including Crash Course in Children’s Services: Second Edition (2014).

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