The Colorado State Library’s Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team is pleased to present GRT@Your Library, a four-part series of webinar learning opportunities for Colorado children’s librarians and staff interested in developing or expanding their relationships with informal family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers in their communities. Join Gail Yerbic, Kate Brunner, and Melody Garcia on Tuesdays at noon beginning October 15th for an in-depth exploration of the GRT Success Cycle, a powerful tool for building impactful connections with your local FFN community.
During these webinars, the GRT Early Literacy Support Team will share more information about bringing early learning workshops for Family Friend and Neighbor caregivers to public libraries throughout the state. Any library potentially interested in hosting a GRT FFN workshop later this year will benefit greatly from attending the GRT@Your Library webinars in order to learn more about initiating and/or strengthening relationships with their communities’ FFN caregivers before hosting.
These online learning opportunities will be hosted by the Colorado State Library via Adobe Connect. Each session will focus on one quarter of the four-part GRT Success Cycle. These webinars will build on each other, but do not have to be attended in order. All sessions will be archived and available for later or repeated viewing.
The GRT@Your Library series schedule is as follows:
- October 15th – GRT@Your Library: Look & Listen with Gail & Kate:
Join Gail & Kate to learn about the GRT Outreach Success Cycle. We’ll investigate how to spark new community conversations about FFN care in our area, look beyond our library walls, and gain a clearer understanding of our communities’ early childhood landscapes as we begin to build or strengthen relationships with the FFN caregivers in our area.
- October 22nd – GRT@Your LIbrary: Explore & Examine with Kate & Melody
Join Kate & Melody to learn about the GRT Outreach Success Cycle. We’ll explore our libraries’ existing assets, examine how to build relationships with families, caregivers, and early childhood experts in our communities, and expand our expertise as we begin creating a network of support for engaging FFN caregivers in our area.
- October 29th – GRT@Your Library: Dream & Discover with Melody & Gail
Join Melody & Gail to learn about the GRT Outreach Success Cycle. We’ll dream about new possibilities for early learning in libraries, discover how to set meaningful goals, and become powerful advocates for young families and FFN caregivers in our area.
- November 5th – GRT@Your Library: Innovate & Inspire with Gail & Kate
Join Kate & Gail to learn about the GRT Outreach Success Cycle. We’ll craft innovative ways to experiment and educate in our libraries and beyond, inspire ourselves and each other, and celebrate our successes together, along with looking forward to how we can once again look & listen as we seek to continually refine our FFN caregiver and early learning outreach efforts.
The team will also offer a preview of a variety of future early learning and community engagement opportunities coming this winter from Growing Readers Together, to include ways to bring the team directly to your library.
The GRT@Your Library series is available here. All sessions are free to join and no registration is required.
Past sessions from the Growing Readers Together Early Literacy Team are archived at: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/early-literacy/
For more news about Growing Readers Together and resources for supporting lifelong literacy, visit: https://www.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/learning/literacy/