PCI Webinar with Amy Schardein
More Than Crafts: Implementing learning activities and experiences in your storytimes
Competency: Children’s Programming
Sub-Category: Designs, implements and sponsors library programs that offer information, special skills or entertainment for children and their families and caregivers.
Storytimes are much more than just stories. Libraries are presenting early literacy programs that promote and foster both reading and STEM skills. The time traditionally devoted to crafts at the end of storytimes presents programming staff with another opportunity to provide experiential learning for children and their parents.
In this webinar, Amy Schardein will give you practical ideas for creating simple learning activities and experiences to be shared by parents and children as a part of your early literacy programming.
You will learn to:
- Articulate and communicate the value of storytime activities to parents and administration.
- Introduce and transition to activities for children and parents
- Create a wide variety of activities to suit your audience and budget.
- Explore a variety of resources for finding new ideas.
Adding learning activities to your storytime doesn’t mean that you have to eliminate crafts entirely. It gives you the opportunity to offer valuable learning experience to your patrons and another way to demonstrate the value of early literacy programming to patrons, administration and funders.
Participants will receive printables ready to print and pair with several simple activities and a bibliography of sources.
Amy Schardein ~ Biography
Amy Schardein, MLS, is a Children’s Librarian in Covington, KY for the Kenton County Public Library where she has specialized in early childhood work for over ten years. She plans and presents programs, manages book collections, writes and manages grants and presents on a variety of library topics related to Children’s Services. She was the 2011 SWON Librarian of the year and is listed in both the 2013 and 2015 Covington Index of Awesome.