A key feature of Ready to Read at New York Libraries: Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program is the establishment of a Training Cohort. The Training Cohort is comprised of youth services librarians from the State’s public library systems.
These expert trainers are prepared to deliver workshops and seminars to library staff members in one or more of the five Foundation Components of the Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program.
Please contact your library system directly for more information about the regional Training Cohort member and the trainings that they offer.
Using a train-the-trainer approach, members receive training from nationally recognized experts in Five Foundation Components, and then train/mentor library staff within their regions in these topics.
Comprehensive Training Toolkits were developed by the New York State Library and nationally recognized early literacy experts, with input from the program's Training Cohort.
Each of the five kits contains a PowerPoint presentation and handbook, and can be easily customized to address individual state and regional early literacy needs and resources. The kits are free to download from the New York Library Association website.
The NYS Library has partnered with OCLC’s WebJunction to bring the successful Supercharged Storytimes for All (SSA) program to youth services public library staff across the state. This free program is aimed at those new to offering storytimes, as well as seasoned providers.
Find more information about Supercharged Storytimes for All, including training content, registration, and instructor information.