Upcoming Webinars & Workshops (Click Here for Youth)

Every Child Ready to Read Webinar Series with Sue McCleaf Nespeca:

All webinars will be from 2 pm to 3 pm ET. All webinars will be recorded and posted on our WEBINAR ARCHIVES page once they are made closed captioned. If a date or time is inconvenient, you can register in order to get a link to the recording emailed directly to you. This project is made possible by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.

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The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce a new *interactive* webinar series on Best Storytime Practices with Professional Storyteller & Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss.  Please register for each individual webinar by following the links below.  There are books listed under each webinar, please have as many on hand as possible during the webinar.  Also of note, the January webinar will focus on our Ready to Read Michigan program selection (formerly known as “Michigan Reads!”) for public libraries.  All webinars will be recorded and links sent to registrants who cannot attend live. This project is made possible by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.

 

Put the Book Down and Engage!
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 2pm

Description:
Reading to children is essential but if you want to super-charge their creativity, imagination, and memory, put the book down and engage them with interactive Storytelling.

In this live webinar, narrative consultant/storyteller, Jenifer Strauss will show you how to use storytelling to promote language, literacy and healthy brain development. Learn how to choose stories from favorite authors and turn them in to interactive language experiences for young children. Songs, movement, puppets, props, and participation included! Links and PDF handouts provided.

Books:

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (your favorite retelling)
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Mortimer by Robert Munsch
The Hungry Caterpillar by Erik Carle
The Night of the Stars by Douglas Gutierrez and Maria Fernanda Oliver (originally in Spanish as: La noche del las estrellas)

 

Full Body Storytime: Moving and Grooving with Stories, Songs, Rhythms and Rhymes
Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 2pm

Description:
Movement is a child’s first language! Combine movement with rhythm and you have the foundation for literacy skills like listening, speaking, reading and writing.
In support of healthy early childhood learning experiences and the ALA Every Child Ready to Read initiative, narrative consultant/storyteller, Jenifer Strauss will host a live webinar featuring stories, songs, play, and movement. Participants will learn how to plan and execute a well-balanced storytime that will allow young patrons to be active and creative with language. Directions for making percussion instruments and props included. PDF handouts of song lyrics and supporting research provided.
Books:
I Knew an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (your favorite version)
The Talkative Tortoise (India, Haiti, Anishinabek origins)
The Enormous Turnip, a folktale illustrated by Kathy Parkinson (or your favorite retelling)

Ready to Read Michigan:  “I Got the Rhythm!”
Tuesday, January 16th, 2pm
Join us to learn about a Ready to Read Storytime designed for outreach to your local early childhood providers & schools!  This year’s book selection is “I Got the Rhythm” by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison.  Copies of the title will be shipped to libraries mid-January-early February, so this is a sneak peek if you do not already have the book in-hand.