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  • Free Publication for PLA Members - Teaching Early Literacy to Teen Parents

    Teaching Early Literacy to Teen Parents is the seventh installment in PLA's Quick Reads for Busy Librarians series. Books in the Quick Reads series are available free of charge to PLA members and cover topics deemed essential to modern public library workers.

    The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the western industrialized world and studies show that children of teen parents are less prepared for school, perform less well, and have a higher dropout rate than other children.* As many librarians know, it is challenging enough to get teens into the library for teen-specific programming, add a baby to the mix and it becomes nearly impossible. So how do you reach this group with crucial early literacy information? Go where they are! In the latest entry in PLA’s Quick Reads series, author Clair Larkin, shows how just like all parents, teen parents want their children to succeed, and also how the library can support them in this mission by bringing early literacy programming into local schools. Using Every Child Ready to Read principles and programming tips from San Antonio Public Library’s “Little Read Wagon,” this guide will show you how to create a program that meets the needs of your community’s teen parents.

    *National Conference of State Legislatures, “Teen Pregnancy Prevention,” March 12, 2018.
  • Free PLA Webinar! Creating Data-Driven Professional Development Pathways for Public Library Staff

    Wednesday, December 12
    1:00-2:00 PM Central Time

    The 2018 class of ALA Emerging Leaders was charged with identifying data competency training resources for the Public Library Association. It has become increasingly important for library professionals to be able to gather, analyze and communicate data in order to navigate a data-rich world and make data-driven decisions related to funding, policies and other resources needed to support the communities you serve. Learn how the website created by the Emerging Leaders serves as a professional development guide that can help move library staff toward becoming more data competent.

    At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

    • Understand what it means to be data competent in five key areas, including data analysis, data planning and resource management, data storytelling and advocacy, principles and practices of communicating data to inform decisions, and research and evaluation methods;
    • Take advantage of resources and tools to assist them in building data skills and understanding; and,
    • Be able to share resources and tools with colleagues.

    This free webinar is intended for any library staff interested in becoming more data competent.

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