ALA Unit/Subunit: ALSC
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Early literacy outreach to underserved and unserved families has been growing. Research suggests that interactive experiences with early literacy improves young children’s lives, and providing equitable access to library services is one of the ALA’s key action areas. Going beyond traditional in-library programs, innovative early literacy resources are currently being delivered in food pantries, WIC Centers, NICU units, laundromats, and apartment complexes. Discover the steps taken to set-up these programs and hear about the impact they have had on vulnerable communities.
Christy Estrovitz, As Manager of Youth Services for San Francisco Public Library, Christy Estrovitz leads programs, partnerships and initiatives for ages birth to eighteen. She aligns her passion for early learning with professional practice to connect families with library resources and delights. She is an active member of ALSC and currently serves as Chair of the Public Awareness Committee
Manager of Youth Services
San Francisco Public Library
Pamela Hamlin, Pamela Hamlin is the Family Literacy Specialist for the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. For 25 years, she has worked in the early education field as a teacher and administrator, teen parent resource and referral counselor, trainer, and librarian. One aspect of her current position is providing early literacy workshops for caregivers, librarians, and early childhood educators based on ALA’s
Family Literacy Specialist
Prince George's County Memorial Library System
Elizabeth McChesney, Elizabeth McChesney is the Director of Children’s Services and Family Engagement for the Chicago Public Library’s eighty library system and has been a children’s librarian for thirty years with CPL. In 2015 she earned a Library Journal Movers & Shakers Award for her move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning which began the national transformation of summer programming in libraries. CPL’s Summer Learning Challenge has won multiple national awards under her leadership including the Excellence Award from the National Summer Learning Association. Liz is currently leading a system wide Early Learning Space Redesign through her libraries and manages the mobile STEAM and Stories project which visits HeadStarts and other Early Child Care Centers throughout Chicago to deliver high quality early childhood STEM based story programming. Liz is the co-author of Summer Matters: Making All Learning Count published in 2017 by ALA Editions, and has a second book, STEAM: The More You Know the More You Can Do forthcoming in 2018.
Director of Children’s Services and Family Engagement
Chicago Public Library System
Tess Prendergast, Tess Prendergast is a Canadian children’s librarian and an early literacy researcher. Her research focuses on children with disabilities and their families. She has published several articles and book chapters about early literacy and currently teaches youth services classes in two different post-secondary library education programs in Vancouver, BC.
iSchool, University of British Columbia
Nick Franklin, Nick Franklin is the Coordinator of Jail and Reentry Services at Brooklyn Public Library. Nick leads Brooklyn Public Library in connecting with communities affected by mass incarceration. He regularly leads early childhood literacy workshops that introduce the power of stories and books to promote parent-child connections made more difficult due to incarceration. In 2015, Nick lead the pilot program for TeleStory which provides families of people incarcerated at Rikers Island a connection from the public library to visit their loved ones.
Coordinator of Transitional Services
Brooklyn Public Library
Marisa Conner, Marisa Conner is the Manager of Youth and Family Engagement at Baltimore County (MD) Public Library and the current chair of the PLA/ALSC Every Child Ready to Read Oversight Committee. She is co-author the ALA Editions book: The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces. Prior to working in libraries, she spent 27 years working in the field of public education, both as a teacher and administrator. In addition, she was an adjunct professor of early childhood education at Johns Hopkins University for nine years.
Manager of Youth and Family Engagement,
Baltimore County Public Library