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Reimagining School Readiness

An interactive event led by Pamela Brockway, Julia Shaheen, Penelope Shumaker, and Celeste Swanson.

Do you wonder what research really says about how to support school readiness?

The Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for library staff to help families prepare children ages birth to 8 years for success in school and in life.

Through an interactive presentation with hands-on activities, this training will introduce library staff to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit. Workshops will alternate between in-person and live virtual presentations.

  • key findings from current cognitive and developmental psychology research
  • the implications of those findings for library staff’s daily work
  • practical ready-to-implement ideas for activities
  • resources for staff training and for parents/caregivers

This training is for library staff who work with children from ages 0 to 8 years and their families.

Upcoming Workshops

The State Library of Ohio will host workshops in the Fall 2023, and Spring 2024, dates TBD.

If your library interested in hosting an in-person workshop for your staff and/or library staff in your area, please contact Penelope Shumaker (

Workshop materials will include a copy of the booklet Promising Practices: A Guide for Library Staff, several samples of the Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit resources, and components for a hands-on activity. The workshops be in-person or live online and will not be recorded.

Contact Penelope Shumaker at with any questions.

Workshop Leaders

Pam Brockway, Family Engagement Manager, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
Penelope Shumaker, Library Consultant, State Library of Ohio
Celeste Swanson, Youth Services Coordinator, The Lane Libraries
Julia Shaheen, Literacy Manager, Stark County District Library

This training is offered free of charge through a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as a part of a broader effort to disseminate the toolkit nationally. The toolkit was developed by the Bay Area Discovery Museum in collaboration with the California State Library and the Pacific Library Partnership.

Find the toolkit here:


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