Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Foundations of Early Literacy: Using Your Knowledge to Enrich Library Experiences for Young Children and Their Families

Instructor: Saroj Ghoting

Dates: February 5th through March 2nd, 2018

Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Price: $175

Prerequisite for Early Literacy-Enhanced Storytimes and required for the Certificate in Early Literacy


Everyone on board! No matter what your position in the library, it is important to understand early literacy and ways to support families to help all children enter school ready to learn to read. Both using and expanding on the early literacy information in the Every Child Ready to Read® initiative (from ALA’s Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children), you will become familiar with the early literacy skills (phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge) and practices (talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing). Building on this knowledge, we will explore ways to apply them to your work, including ways to make library environments supportive of staff sharing early literacy information and activities with parents and caregivers.

Learning Objectives: Participants will

  • Understand what early literacy is and is not
  • Learn ways to talk with children to support richer language development through dialogic talking/reading
  • Identify early literacy skills in books and ways to share books to support early literacy at each age level (infants, toddlers, two- and three-year olds, and four- and five-year olds)
  • Learn about and share ways to increase interactivity with children, as well as parents/caregivers
  • Become familiar with early literacy practices found in ECRR2
  • Apply early literacy skills and practices to your own setting and position

This class is four weeks of content. There WILL be homework during the fourth week which will be due by the end of the fifth week. Although there are individual differences, you may expect each week to take 3 - 4 hours of work which includes the readings, watching the presentations and homework assignments.

This course is part of our Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Saroj Ghoting

Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She presents early literacy workshops at conferences and library systems for staff and their partners. She has been a consultant for the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association on the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® early literacy initiative. She is the co-author of six books, the most recent being Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide, co-authored with the researchers from the VIEWS2 project at the University of Washington. Saroj has been a children’s librarian for over 40 years and a consultant since 2003. She received her MLS from Catholic University in Washington, DC. She enjoys learning new ideas while presenting trainings on early literacy.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

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