MHLS Early Literacy Cohort

About MHLS Early Literacy Cohort

MHLS member library staff who work with families and young children age birth-5 work together in a small cohort designed to help library’s strengthen their capacity to provide early literacy services in their community through training on early literacy best practice and member library peer support sessions.

The purpose of this program is to increase the number of member libraries who have the expertise and resources necessary to assist families with young children in developing the early literacy skills needed to succeed in the school years ahead and build a peer support network of local practitioners. 


This program consists of four 90-minute sessions.

Session 1
March 16 | 2:00 pm: Community Asset Analysis – Taking Inventory

Session 2
April 20 | 2:00 pm : Strategies for Partnerships/Outreach

Session 3
May 18 | 2:00 pm: Planning/Mechanics of Early Literacy Programs  

Session 4
June 8 | 2:00 pm: Communications – Bringing it all together




Practitioner Resources

Early Childhood Programs


Professional Collection Titles 

  • Every Child Ready to Read, Second Edition Kit from ALSC & PLA
  • Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide by Kathleen Campana, J. Elizabeth Mills, and Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting
  • Engaging Babies in the Library: Putting Theory into Practice by Debra J. Knoll
  • The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces by Dorothy Stoltz, Marisa Conner, and James Bradberry
  • Nonfiction in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Nonfiction Books through Movement by Julie Dietzel-Glair
  • Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See by Megan Dowd Lambert
  • The Essential Lapsit Guide: A Multimedia How-To-Do-It Manual and Programming Guide for Stimulating Literacy Development from 12 to 24 Months by Linda L. Ernst

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