Growing Readers Together returns with a fresh series of GRT Quick Bites this December! These 20 minute webinars are intended to refresh and inspire your children and family services though micro learning opportunities on programming, policies, and best practices for early learning at the library. Mark your calendar and make the most of your lunch break with Quick Bites!
December 8 at 12 pm
Read with me! Inviting Children into the Reading Experience with Melody Garcia
When you read WITH children, rather than to them, you invite children to participate in the experience of reading and create opportunities for language and cognitive growth. asking questions, making connections, and exploring the pictures are a few ways to invite children to read with you. Modeling this to caregivers at storytime can open up a new world of literacy and language opportunities. We will explore strategies to make your storytelling more interactive, practice creating early literacy tips for caregivers, and discuss how to make this part of every storytime.
December 15 at 12 pm
Grandparents as Informal Caregiver with Gail Yerbic
Grandparents are ideal caregivers for children ages 0-5. They offer cost benefits, trust, consistency, and LOVE. They care for about 25% of children under 5–about the same number in formal care. Join this webinar to learn more about who they are, what they need, and how libraries can support them.
December 22 at 12pm
STEM with Toddlers: Yes You Can! with Kate Brunner
Toddlers are natural scientists. Dropping blocks down the stairs? Physics experiment with gravity! Banging pots and pans? An exploration of sound waves! Come learn how to use play-based programming to foster scientific thinking in our youngest library users and how to encourage families and FFNs to embrace the mess of STEAM-powered play.