For Librarians and Teachers

  • Michigan Reads logoResources for Librarians, Teachers and Others Working with Preschoolers

    Below are links to early literacy resources in Michigan and around the country. For a short overview of the program, view the Michigan Reads! Overview, a 6 minute recorded webinar. You can also find background information in the About Michigan Reads! section and materials from individual program years in the links on the left.

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Workshop for Librarians

  • STEM Programming & Inclusive Storytimes Workshop for YA & Youth Public Library Staff


    These four one-day workshops offer public library’s teen & youth staff 3 sessions.  In the morning session, all participants will have the opportunity to learn how to use & implement programming on MaKey MaKey and littleBits.  Each participant will be given one MaKey MaKey and one littleBits to take back to their library for programming use and/or circulation to the public. The afternoon will offer two breakout sessions.  The first being for children’s staff: an interactive Inclusive storytime session with hands-on activities and implementation ideas with Bloomfield Township Public Library’s Jen Taggart and Michigan Braille & Talking Book Library’s Stephanie Wambaugh (Bridgid Turner from LARA will be speaking on behalf of Stephanie at our Marquette workshop).

    The second afternoon breakout is for staff working with Teens & Tweens: a Portable MakerSpace Kit session, where ideas and tips for fun, easy-to-do, “on the go” STEM programming will be shared. 

    Space is limited so please register now at:

    $25 registration, lunch provided.

    The deadline to register and also to cancel with a full refund is 5 pm on Friday, September 2, 2016. If you register and do not attend the event or cancel your registration by September 2nd, you will be billed for the full registration amount.


Child Development and Early Literacy Information

Videos on Literacy Techniques

  • Storyblocks Short video demonstrations of early literacy teaching techniques from the Colorado State Library
  • Storytime Skill Builders

    Videos on Adult Participation, Bilingual Storytime, Dialogic Reading, Gross Motor Skills, etc. from Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy

  • Views2 Early Literacy Techniques Demonstrations of teaching alphabetic knowledge, communication, comprehension, language use, phonological awareness, print concepts, vocabulary and writing concepts in story time. Videos done by the University of Washington Information School. See links on the right side of the page.

Book Lists

Promoting Storytime

Organizations Supporting Early Literacy