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Monday, July 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Ohio Ready to Read - Free Early Literacy Workshop this Fall!

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) is a parent/caregiver education initiative, directed toward public library staff, intended to promote early literacy. ECRR empowers public librarians and library specialists to take a central role in supporting early literacy through teaching parents and other caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children. ECRR is a project of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Public Library Association, divisions of the American Library Association. It was first introduced in 2004 and was extensively revised in 2011. "ECRR1" refers to the 2004 edition of the ECRR toolkit and materials. "ECRR2" refers to the 2011 edition. ECRR1 was organized around six primary early literacy skills which research had identified as essential for the later development of reading, writing, and language skills. ECRR2 shifted attention, from naming and describing the individual skills, to promoting five simple, everyday practices that help children develop all the foundational early literacy skills:

Talking - because children learn by listening to their parents and others talk. As children hear spoken language, they learn new words and what they mean. They learn about the world around them and important general knowledge. This will help children understand the meaning of what they read. Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning.

Singing - which also includes rhyming - increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print (written language). Songs are a wonderful way to learn about language. Singing also slows down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words.

Reading together - also called shared reading - is the single most important way to help children get ready to read and become proficient readers. Reading together increases vocabulary and general knowledge. It helps children learn how print looks and how books work. Shared reading also helps children develop an interest in reading. Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves.

Writing and reading go together. Both represent spoken language and communicate information. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning. Children can learn pre-reading skills through writing activities.

Playing is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read. Children learn a lot about language through play. Play helps children think symbolically, so they understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. Play also helps children express themselves and put thoughts into words.

Join us for a free hands-on workshop that helps library staff build a firm foundation in early literacy! These workshops 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. Participants will learn how brain development impacts how young children learn and will explore effective, research-based early literacy resources and activities. The instructors will help attendees get ready to offer early literacy storytimes and to work with parents and community partners to share early literacy concepts and build community support.

Five open-registration Early Literacy 101 workshops are scheduled in late summer through fall 2018:

Thursday, August 30 at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library
Tuesday, September 11 at the Brown County Public Library in Georgetown
Thursday, September 13 at the Upper Arlington Public Library (register by email)
Friday, October 19 at the Chillicothe-Ross County Public Library
Thursday, November 8 at the Clermont County Public Library in Milford

Any Ohio library worker may register and attend any of the workshops. Click on the workshop location for more information and to register for that workshop. Registration is not yet open if the location is not linked. If you want to offer this workshop for your entire staff, an Ohio Ready to Read early literacy trainer can come to your library to lead Early Literacy 101. To be eligible to host a free workshop at your library, you must arrange for 20-35 attendees. You may invite staff from neighboring and area libraries to participate, to reach a minimum of 20 library attendees. You may also open the workshop to area child care workers and other early childhood professionals, up to a maximum of 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.

Emily Wages, MLIS
Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, SWON Libraries


PCI Webinar - Financial Literacy for All!

According to a US News and World Report, in 2017, only 24 percent of millennials demonstrated basic financial literacy –  and just 46 percent of all Americans have a rainy-day fund. Chances are some of your patrons could use help building the skills to create a more solid financial foundation. This program describes the Federal Trade Commission’s free and engaging site, 

In this informative webinar program you’ll learn about the site and how its free materials can help you expand your patrons’ know-how about managing money, using credit, and dealing with debt.


PCI Webinar - Financial Literacy for All
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
8/14/2017 - Online

  Register Here  


Picture Book Read In Early Bird Discount - Last Chance!

SWON's Picture Book Read-In is a program for Collection Development staff, Children's Librarians, Teachers, Childcare Workers, in short, anyone who selects and/or reads books for children. We have thousands of recent titles (usually from the last two years) loaned to us for this event from six leading public library systems. Each attendee receives a guide listing all of the books. 

The day includes time for selecting and binge-reading picture books, discussing possible story time options with your peers and two presentations. 

This is your time to read all those picture books that you haven't had time for and to network with colleagues to find out how they're using picture books in their programming.  Register now and get $5 off. Ends July 27th!


Picture Book Read In
Employees of Supporting Member Institutions - $30
Geographic Members in our Ohio service area - $40
Everyone Else - $55
Box Lunch - $15
Early Bird Special - Receive $5 off your ticket price when you register before July 27th!

08/17/2018, 9 - 4 pm

Location: Clermont County Public Library
Miami Township Branch
5920 Buckwheat Road
Milford, Ohio  45150

  Register Here  

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Please register for SWON & PCI events by the Friday before they take place

      Booklist Webinar - Summer Book Club Bash
FREE (a Booklist event)
7/31/2018 - Online

NIH Webinar - Making PubMed Work for You
FREE (an NIH event)
7/31/2018 - Online

TrainingMag Webinar - Mousify Your Organization’s Performance: Five Keys to Disney Inspired Success
FREE (a TrainingMag event)
8/1/2018 - Online

edWEB Webinar - Apps to Teach Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
FREE (an edWEB event)
8/1/2018 - Online

FDLP Academy Webinar - Navigating Resources for Military Members and Veterans
FREE (an FDLP event)
8/2/2018 - Online

SaveSchoolLibrarians Webinar - Power Map Your District for Advocacy Success
FREE (a SaveSchoolLibrarians event)
8/6/2018 - Online

Booklist Webinar - Adult Books on the Horizon: Fall and Winter Announcements
FREE (a Booklist event)
8/7/2018 - Online

FDLP Academy Webinar - NASA: Beyond
FREE (an FDLP event)
8/8/2018 - Online

edWEB Webinar - 5 Things to Give Up So Your Struggling Readers Won’t
FREE (an edWEB event)
8/8/2018 - Online

CSL in Session Webinar - Create a Knock-out Collection in 60 Minutes a Week or Less
FREE (a CSL event)
8/8/2018 - Online

VolunteerMatch Webinar - Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program
FREE (a VolunteerMatch event)
8/9/2018 - Online

SWON Executive Board Meeting
FREE (a SWON Event)
8/9/2018 - Blue Ash, OH

YALSA Webinar - Community & Family Engagement
FREE (a YALSA event)
8/9/2018 - Online


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Take note of these selected events in the coming weeks and months

      Opioids in Communities: Libraries in Response
8/7/2018 - Dayton, OH

Picture Book Read-In
8/17/2018 - Milford, OH

Ohio Ready to Read - Early Literacy 101
9/11/2018 - Georgetown, OH

Fall Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 - A Universe of Stories
10/17/2018 - Springfield, OH

OKI Children's Literature Conference 2018
11/3/2018 - Crestview Hills, KY


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Blue Ash, OH 45242

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