Thursday, August 20, 2015

Supercharged Storytimes

Thanks to Krissy Wick from Madison Public Library for submitting this post!

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At 2014’s ALA Conference in Las Vegas, I went to a session led by the Information School of the University of Washington. They were talking about a phenomenal project called Project VIEWS2. It was essentially saying that through proper training of staff and intentional planning and implementation, storytimes do make a positive impact on the early literacy development of young kids. The audience (myself included) was beyond excited. This is huge for Librarians serving youth – actual research that proves what we do works!
And now, library youth staff across the state of Wisconsin are going to have an opportunity to participate in this program. Wisconsin (more specifically, the DPI) was recently selected by OCLC to be one of five state library agencies to participate in a second pilot program using the Project VIEWS2 research called Supercharged Storytimes. This fall, up to 100 Wisconsin youth library staff will have the opportunity to participate in this awesome (and free) online professional development opportunity!
Stay tuned to the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog for more information about how you can apply to be a part of the program.

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