Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Submit a Statement of Interest for Supercharged Storytimes

Wisconsin public library staff members are invited to join the Supercharged Storytimes community! 

Are you passionate about early literacy at public libraries, interested in enhancing your storytime planning and delivery practice for children five and under, and eager to work collaboratively online with your peers from other libraries to share ideas and experiences that build a growing community of practice? If so, please review the Participant Overview and consider submitting a Statement of Interest for this opportunity by Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5 PM local time. Any questions about this opportunity can be directed to Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, at tessa.schmidt@dpi.wi.gov. Please share this opportunity with your network.

Over 80 staff from public libraries in Washington State participated in the first Supercharged Storytimes online orientation in the spring of 2015. Now, the Supercharged Storytimes program is being offered to public library staff in Maine, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina and Wisconsin free of charge, through partnership with OCLC.

Supercharged Storytimes provides hands-on guidance to engage children in storytime, using tools and approaches that have been confirmed by University of Washington iSchool’s Project VIEWS2 research to directly support development of early literacy skills in children 0-5 years old.

The program will introduce public library participants to these methods through a multi-week online orientation, beginning Monday, October 5, 2015, and will continue to support them through an online community as they implement Supercharged Storytimes in their library during the orientation period and beyond (Details on the orientation schedule are included in the Participant Overview.)

The Supercharged Storytimes online community hosted by OCLC’s WebJunction will offer a place for participants to discuss their experience and exchange ideas, tips, and resources related to Supercharged Storytimes.   Participants benefit from this peer-to-peer support, which helps them to grow as early literacy influencers in their communities. Submit your Statement of Interest today!