• January 14, 2016
    12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

This webinar is free to attend! Just go to the following URL at 11am on January 14th:


Explore engagement tools that promote early literacy skills and bring early learning home to families. Learn about the importance of play in early learning and discover ways to infuse literacy programs with music, science, technology, art, math, and movement. Learn how the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) provides high-quality early learning experiences to children through our innovative, research based, community-driven programs like Tinker Tots, Yoga Storytime, Signing Storytime, and Free to Be.  Participants will also explore ways to incorporate digital technology in to early learning through services and collections.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will learn innovative, playful ways to support early literacy through programs, services, collections, and spaces. They will leave the session with practical ways to engage preschoolers and their families around early learning. After participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand relevant research that supports the importance of early learning 
  • Discover new ideas for how to infuse music, science, technology, art, and math into existing programs
  • Find inspiration for creating new learning opportunities for preschoolers and their families
  • Learn how to link digital technology to early learning  and how to be a “media mentors” to families
  • Have practical strategies for accommodating siblings in multi-age programs 

Who Should Attend

Librarians and staff in public and school libraries.

Teachers and preschool teachers and other childcare providers. 

Anyone who works with young children and their families. 


Stephanie C. Prato is the Director of Play to Learn Services at the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL), NY. With experience in youth services, community outreach, leadership, instruction, and technology, she has developed innovative programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. She is an active member of the American Library Association and serves as a member of the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children.
Kristen Hanmer is the Catalog and Processing Manager at the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) and an MSLIS student at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. She has a special interest in working with children and their families and has helped design and implement sign language and yoga storytimes at the FFL.

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