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Children's Services Workshops

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Children's Services, Division of Library Development Workshops

The Division of Library Development offers a wide range of children's services programs. In addition to expertise offered by CT State Library staff members, partner organizations offer information on various programs, services, and resources to share with the greater CT community.

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Children's Services, Niche Academy Workshops

Niche Academy provides an easy-to-use learning platform & professional training to help mission-driven organizations solve big problems together. Through the CT State Library, every library staff member has free access to Niche Academy workshop. Just create a user name and password!

Reimagining School Readiness

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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 presentation, this training will introduce library staff to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit.

  • 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.

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.

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This project is funded by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library. 

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