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Early Learning Resources

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Storytimes and Early Childhood Research

Head, shoulders, knees and toes--
Knees and toes! 

Storytimes are wonderful opportunities for us to interact with our families, but why else do we do them? This webinar highlights early childhood research that supports what librarians do and how it effects our youngest customers. 

Speaker: Susan Mankowski, Early Childhood Specialist, Jacksonville Public Library

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Libraries as Family Literacy and School Readiness Support Centers

School readiness is the possession of the skills and attitudes needed to learn and thrive in school. Strong parent-child relationships and family well-being are foundations of early learning. This webinar will highlight family literacy and school readiness best practices and ideas that will help library staff better serve their clientele.

Guest presenter Evan St. Lifer has represented Scholastic's Early Childhood Services for more than five years. He serves on the National Head Start Association's Investing in Impact Working Group with key Head Start leaders from across the nation. His focus is on preparing students and families to be school ready. 

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Including Patrons With Autism in Your Library Programs

Autism is the fastest growing disability in the United States and Florida is on the cutting edge in serving patrons on the autism spectrum.

This webinar informs you about: 

  • All Star Storytime, a small-group library storytime adapted for children aged 3-5 years who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Project PALS (Panhandle Autism Library Services), an IMLS-funded professional development initiative designing webinars for librarians on how to serve patrons with autism

Presented by:

  • Anne Leon, Executive Director of Public Library Services, Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University- a joint use partnership between NSU and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners 
  • Dr. Nancy Everhart from Florida State University's School of Information

Watch a recording of this webinar.

Florida Libraries as Early Learning: Using Your Gale Resources

Your library plays an essential role in supporting literacy development. As you partner with other educators within your community, the Florida Electronic Library can help you enhance young users' learning outcomes. Join us to learn how to use your FEL Gale resources to support this critical area. 

Presented by Emily Mageski, Customer Education Specialist, Gale | Cengage Learning  

Watch a recording of this webinar. 

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.