Early Literacy 101

This is a free hands-on workshop to help library staff build a firm foundation in early literacy. Participants will learn how brain development impacts how young children learn, and will explore effective, research-based early literacy resources and activities. The workshop covers the Six Early Literacy Skills presented in the PLA/ALSC Every Child Ready to Read® 1st edition, and the Five Early Literacy Practices presented in the 2nd edition, along with other early literacy concepts and tools. The instructor will help attendees get ready to offer early literacy storytimes and become well-equipped to work with parents and community partners to share early literacy concepts and build community support.

Who will enjoy and benefit from this workshop?

  • Library workers who are new to children's services
  • Department managers or library directors with new children's services staff
  • Outreach staff
  • Newly degreed youth services librarians
  • Any library worker who wants a refresher course in early literacy


A workshop is scheduled in Bowling Green in northwest Ohio on Thursday, Nov. 16. Any Ohio public library worker is welcome to attend! See the NORWELD calendar for more information and to register. Additionally, a workshop will be offered in Cincinnati in April 2018. Date and details will be posted here when available. 

If scheduled dates and locations don't suit your needs, an Ohio Ready to Read early literacy trainer can come to your library to offer this workshop. To be eligible to host a free workshop at your library, you must arrange for 20-30 public library employees to attend. You may invite staff from neighboring and area libraries to participate, to reach the minimum of 20 attendees. Once you have at least 20 library workers signed up, you may also open the workshop to area child care workers and other early childhood professionals, up to a maximum of 30-35 people. If you want to schedule a workshop but have fewer than 20 attendees, we can refer you to experienced independent Ready to Read trainers who can provide this workshop for a modest fee.

To request a workshop, simply complete the training request form.

There is no charge for this workshop if presented by ORTR. However, ORTR cannot guarantee availability of a trainer. If we cannot supply a trainer, we can refer you to experienced independent trainers who can provide this workshop for a modest fee.

Early Literacy 101 is a full-day (6 contact hour) workshop. In some cases, the workshop can be scheduled as two half-day workshops held typically a week apart. When you complete your form, please note if you prefer two half-day workshops.

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