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Reimagining School Readiness

An interactive (online) 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 online interactive presentation with hands-on activities, this training will introduce library staff to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit.

The workshop topics include:

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

The workshop will be offered three times this spring.

One day sessions will be held on April 22, 2021 (session full) and June 8, 2021 (session full)
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. includes a lunch break.

Two session will be held on May 11 & 13, 2021 (session full)
10 a.m. – 12 a.m. each day

Workshop materials sent to participants 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 live 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, Librarian, 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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We have reached the maximum capacity for these online interactive workshops. We can no longer accept new participants.