Creating Meaningful Programs for Infants and Caregivers eCourse
4-Week Asynchronous ALA Course
Infants and their caregivers are some of the most important patrons that librarians work with. In addition to making up a significant proportion of daytime library audiences, the relationship the library forms with an infant is the beginning of a lifelong relationship between the patron and the library. Librarians who work with infants have the humbling and often intimidating responsibility of facilitating early literacy, often providing infants with their first storytime experiences.
In this eCourse, early literacy expert R. Lynn Baker shares the benefit of her many years of experience and provides information and hands-on practice to help you create intentional programs for infants and caregivers based on a basic understanding of infant development. You’ll also learn how to select resources and create activities that are developmentally appropriate for infants.
After participating in this course, you will understand:
- Describe the developmental continuum that generally takes place between birth to 18 months old
- Choose intentional activities, materials, and books that are developmentally appropriate for infant storytime
- Create a meaningful program plan based on intentional practices that link to early childhood development and developmentally appropriate practice
How this eCourse WorksThe eCourse begins on March 2, 2020. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
R. Lynn Baker is the author of Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide to Creating a School Readiness Program for Your Community and Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5. With a background in early childhood education and library programming for children, Baker provides training to early childhood educators and librarians. She holds her bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education; a trainer’s credential; and her Master’s in Library and Information Science. Baker is an adjunct professor for Northern Kentucky University, teaching Library Programming for Children.
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Limited seating - priority will be given to SEFLIN members. If your library is not a member of SEFLIN and you do not have an individual SEFLIN account please create an account at seflin.org. Individuals need to FIRST have a SEFLIN account to then register on the wait-list HERE. (Please make sure you refresh your browser after opening an account.) We will grant first come first serve access if seats remain available.