Supercharged Storytimes for All: Frequently Asked Questions

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When and where are the trainings?

Multiple rounds of Supercharged Storytimes for All (SSA) trainings will be offered in late 2018 and early 2019. These trainings are either fully online or blended (online and in-person). View all available trainings / register

Who is conducting the training?

The following five experienced librarians from public library systems and libraries were selected to complete the comprehensive SSA train-the-trainer course in the spring of 2018. They will be conducting the SSA training sessions individually or as part of a training team.

  • Valle Blair, Interim Director, Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System
  • Lorie Brown, Consultant, Youth Services/Interlibrary Loan, Southern Tier Library System
  • Tonia Burton, Children’s Services Consultant, Monroe County Library System
  • Hope Decker, Member Library Liaison, Pioneer Library System
  • Beth Rienti, Head of Programs & Services (Youth), Guilderland Public Library

What are the learning objectives?

Participants will learn:

  • Strategies for emphasizing the six early literacy components (oral language, phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge)
  • Ways to engage parents and caregivers
  • Approaches to storytime assessment
  • How to supercharge storytimes through an equity lens
  • How to grow intentionality and build a peer community

What is the estimated time commitment?

Participants should expect to spend an average of three hours per module (this includes participating in the live session and applying what was learned). There are a total of six modules, and they are typically presented over six weeks. Trainers, however, can customize their training schedules.

Will contact hours be provided?

Yes! Upon training completion, participants will receive a certificate for professional development contact hours (one hour of instruction = one contact hour).

Should I get permission from administration to participate?

Yes! Please be sure to check with administration before registering. There is a significant time commitment, and it is important your supervisor is aware and on board.

Can I register for just a couple of the modules?

No. Participants are required to register and complete the full training (all six modules). If you think you will miss one or two of the live sessions (especially any in-person sessions), please check with the trainer before registering. Online sessions will be recorded and available for you to view if needed.

I took Ready to Read training. Should I register for SSA?

Yes! While on the surface Ready to Read at New York Libraries training and SSA are both early literacy-focused trainings, they are actually quite different. Ready to Read training components explore a wide variety of topics, including community assessment, partnerships and outreach, and early learning spaces. SSA, on the other hand, is deeply focused in the development and delivery of storytimes. Ready to Read is typically offered as in-person training, while SSA will be offered in convenient online or blended formats with the added bonus of an active, statewide online learning community. Even experienced youth services librarians reported benefiting from participating in the SSA pilot!

Is there a self-paced training available?

A self-paced option is available. However, the trainer-led SSA trainings are recommended, as these sessions have the benefit of a live training experience, a dedicated trainer, a peer group to connect and share with, and an active, statewide online learning community. If you are not able to participate in any of the live trainings, the self-paced SSA course offered directly by WebJunction is an option for you. For more information, please visit WebJunction's SSA course page.external link opens in a new window

 The Supercharged Storytimes for All project is supported in part with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sharon Phillips is the Project Director for
Ready to Read at New York Libraries. For more information,
contact Sharon at 518-486-4863; Fax: 518-486-5254.
Last Updated: February 20, 2019 -- asm