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Webinar Archive: Read Aloud Tips and Strategies

Today we had another great session from Dr. Laura Meyers, along with special guest Dr. Lydia Criss Mays. Participants for this session explored the most popular reading strategy used by educators of infants through kindergarten: read alouds. We also discussed how various styles and levels can be implemented to better engage “young readers”, increase excitement […]

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Webinar Archive: Social and Emotional Development

Today we had another great webinar; this one was presented by Dr. Laura Johns of Propulsion Squared. This session provided an overview of child development theories related to the social and emotional development of young children. Additional information on why children may act inappropriately and strategies for supporting social and emotional development were also discussed.

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Webinar Archive: Culturally Responsive Approaches to Children’s Book Selections

Ever wonder if you’re choosing the “right” book for each reader? Do your choices reflect your young readers’ cultures, languages, interests, families, and communities? This session, recorded on September 10, 2015, helped librarians grapple with the choices available to their young patrons and what voices may be needed. This session was presented by Dr. Laura Meyers […]

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Webinar Archive: Arts Integration and Children’s Books

Today we had a fantastic webinar from Dr. Laura Meyers from Georgia State University and Olivia Aston Bosworth at the Alliance Theatre on using arts to enhance story time! Participants explored using “story baskets” to tell and retell stories, and heard a great rendition of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Handouts from the session: Song – Friends […]

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Early Literacy Webinar Series Announced

Early Literacy Webinars are being offered as part of the B4 program; it’s an exciting lineup of experts, and this is a fantastic opportunity for your early literacy specialists to learn about some great topics (and earn some CEUs!). All of the events can be found at: http://georgialibraries.webex.com/eventcenter Sessions will be archived in GLEAN for […]

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The Incredible Fullness of Library Holidays

A lot of people don’t understand what I mean by the term “library holidays,” but I promise that you know what I’m talking about. These are the special initiatives that different library advocacy and professional groups come up with each year in order to raise awareness or provide a spotlight on specific kinds of services. […]

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Letting Your library Speak for You – Part 3

“A great library doesn’t have to be big or beautiful. It doesn’t have to have the best facilities or the most efficient staff or the most users. A great library provides. It is enmeshed in the life of a community in a way that makes it indispensable. A great library is one nobody notices because […]

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In the Eyes of the Children…

I LOVE working with the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl! What’s that, the HRRB, you say? The HRRB is, simply, confirmation that many, many students in Georgia P-12 schools love to read. They love to read to the point of passion, commitment, and COMPETITION! A dream began in 1985 when Mrs. Helen Ruffin served on the […]

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Not Everyone Thinks Well Of Us

I have been enjoying a professional renaissance for the past couple years, finding new joy in libraries and my identity as a librarian. Certainly, I had to get real low before I could be lifted up but the rise has been lovely. In a recession, libraries are especially valued. The materiality of our collections are […]

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