Category Archives: Free Training Resources

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Free Training Resource: Día Resources Get Together Archive

January’s free training resource may seem a bit like we’re jumping the gun–after all, it’s a resource tied to Día, which takes place formally on April 30 of every year. But, as it’s never too early (or too late, for that matter), to start assembling your resources and planning, today we’re sharing the first ALSC Día Get Together archive, which is all about resources.


The Día Get Together took place on Facebook on January 15, and a representative from Colorín Colorado (a great resource in and of itself) as well as plenty of other librarians participated to share their favorite resources for finding diverse and multicultural books, program ideas, etc. Because it all happened on Facebook, there’s a great visual archive packed with tons of links. So many great resources!!


Check out the archive and use it to tap all sorts of great resources for multicultural and diverse youth librarianship, both for Día celebrations and beyond!

Storytime University: Make Your Resolutions Happen, plus Videos!

The last couple weeks we have seen many of you declare your resolutions for this year. Haven’t seen any yet? Check our round up here.


Ok, so you’ve made your resolution (If you haven’t, go for it! No resolution is too big or too small.) but now how about keeping it? If your resolution involves professional development we hope Storytime University can help with posts these, including ideas for free professional development. And, we’ve decided to reward you for making and keeping your resolutions with our brand new Resolve to Rock badge.




All you have to do is share your resolution(s) either on a blog, in the comments on the Resolve to Rock round up, or on the Storytime University Facebook page. AND, comment on someone else’s resolution or in some way support someone else in making their resolutions happen. Submit your successes and support to earn the badge. Let’s continue to strengthen our amazing, supportive community.


Now for some resources! Today I wanted to highlight some of the videos folks have been watching in order to complete a task for the Grasshopper badge.


This amazing video from Lisa and Thrive After Three.


Jbrary. These and this and this and omg, just watch them all because there are too, too many to link here!


This one of a Toddler Storytime.


This one about puppetry.


King County Tell Me a Story. You should watch all of theirs, too. I’d like to give a big shout out for KCLS because so many librarians with so many styles are showcased. There really is something for everyone.  This one and this one were watched among others.


Storyblocks! This one and this one and so many more!


Sleeping Bunnies!


Denver Public Library’s Read Aloud YouTube channel


There’s a Spider on the Floor. With a giant spider!


More puppets! Steven Engelfried has lots and they are all really awesome.


Deschutes Public Library. I am selfishly very excited to see SO MANY west coasters in video. Go us! Its most likely the air. Or the water. Or something.


Intellidance. There was a crocodile. This is the first I’ve heard of these. Excited to watch some more!



Free Training Resource(s): Webinars

Usually we only share one free resource, but this month we are making an exception and sharing some webinars that have been submitted by you and your colleagues in exchange for a badge from Storytime University. “View a Webinar” is one of the 5 tasks to complete in order to earn the Grasshopper Badge. Only a few have done it. Will you be next?




Watch one of these webinars and you will be well on your way! When you’re finished, come back here and submit the link to the webinar you watched.  Then wait for your shiny task badge to arrive in your inbox.


Beyond the Rhymes: Rethinking the Who, Where, and How of Storytimes by Patrick Remer and Heidi Dolamore

Storytime is the most vital early learning program in your community. This series of three webinars (People, Place, Package) will introduce techniques to achieve bigger outcomes for more of your community through storytime. The ideas presented will move beyond the nuts and bolts of storytime delivery to look at big picture concepts that influence strategic decision-making about storytimes.


Beyond Storytime: Creative Ways to Support Early Literacy in the Children’s Department and the Home by Melissa Depper


Storytime is an excellent way to support children’s developing early literacy skills, but not all children attend storytime! What can you every day to help families read, write, sing, talk, and play together in the library and at home? And why should you?


In this program, we’ll talk about how your existing youth services programs and services already support early literacy, then practice using an easy “remixing” tool to help you identify new strategies–targeted to your needs–to boost the early learning potential in your children’s department.


Booklist Webinar—Let’s Read! New Books for the Newest Readers by Ilene Cooper


Get children excited about reading with an impressive array of picture books and early readers from Capstone Publishing, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Holiday House. Find books that readers can love for a lifetime in this free, hour-long webinar, moderated by Booklist Books for Youth senior editor Ilene Cooper.


Every Kid Ready to Read: Tech Tools for Early Literacy


When used the right way, technology can increase early literacy skills. Hear best practices, resources, and ideas to help you effectively bring technology to your library’s early literacy programming.


Integrating STEAM into the ECE Classroom: Finding and Utilizing the Right Resources for Your Center by Amy Koester

This webinar will explore the variety of options available for integrating STEAM into the ECE classroom, allowing attendees to determine what method is most appropriate for their individual centers. We will also consider a range of age appropriate STEAM elements that can be integrated into the ECE classroom, both in the form of new activities and as modifications to existing classroom activities. ECE professionals will be introduced to a variety of resources they can utilize to add STEAM elements to their classrooms, including books, blogs and websites, and community partners like the public library.

Free Training Resource: “Zoning in on Children’s Spaces” from Demco

Last month, I asked readers like you what new types of regular features you’d like to see here on Storytime Underground. One of the two top requests was for free training resources. Starting today, you’ll get links and information about a free training resource every month.


November’s free training resources is a webinar sponsored by Demco: “Zoning in on Children’s Spaces: Engaging Your Youngest Visitors” given by Kimberly Bolan Cullin. I had the opportunity to see Bolan Collin speak a few ALAs ago, and I was fascinated by all she had to say about creating deliberate spaces in the youth areas of the library. I’m excited that everyone can take advantage of this archived webinar–and all the accompanying resources!


Click on this screen grab to access this webinar & resources!

Click on this screen grab to access this webinar & resources!

So take a bit of time to engage with this webinar and think about how you can thoughtfully and deliberately create spaces that your target audiences will use. I, for one, love this idea of zoning spaces for specific ages of library users. Go forth and get ideas!


* Don’t forget that viewing a webinar counts toward the Grasshopper Badge in Storytime University! Create a Storytime University account and log all of your awesome professional development work, you stellar youth services ninja, you.