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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Early Childhood Webinars from Tech Soup

The Early Learning LabFrontiers of Innovation, and New Profit, along with partners Joan Ganz Cooney Center and TechSoup, are working together to build the technology capacity of the early childhood education field.
In partnership with these organizations, TechSoup will be hosting a series of webinars about technology and innovation for early childhood literacy organizations and researchers. If you work with young children at a nonprofit or library, this free webinar series is for you.  The next webinar, Media Mentors, Building Literacy Skills for the Digital Age with Lisa Guernsey, Michael Levine, and Chip Donohue, will be on June 16, 12:30-2:00.  For more information about the series, check out the Tech Soup blog post.

And in case you've lost track or are new to the block, check out the IFLS resources on Media Mentorship!

Walking Boldly Toward Biases

Several people I know attended the Public Library Association Conference this past spring in Denver (and hearing their tales of amazing sessions made me wish I had managed to attend, and filled with resolve to at least attempt it in 2018).   One session that several people spoke very highly of was a Big Ideas talk with Vernā Myers, talking about dealing with our biases, not by pretending we don't have them, but by recognizing them and then doing things to challenge them.  Disappointed not to hear the speech myself, I was excited to learn there is a TED talk (viewed by over 1 million people).  I highly recommend taking a look at it--it is relevant and important!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Inclusive Summer Programs

graphic about inclusiveness
I really appreciated this ALSC Blog post about making library programs inclusive for everyone.  Leslie Mason (the author) has some simple and practical tips for making sure that kids with disabilities can feel welcome and participate in your programs.  I highly encourage you to take a peek--many of the tips are not complicated, nor do they require a huge outlay of money or time.  Just a little shift to make sure that your space is accessible and your programs easier to participate in for a wide variety of kids.