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Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Alachua County Cone Park Branch Library
2801 E. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32641

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Literacy Play: The Early Literacy Skills in Story Time - Gainesville (04/27/23)


Invigorate your story time with this hands-on workshop!

Join us for an introduction to the pre-literacy skills that children need before they are ready to learn to read. Explore each of the six preliteracy skills with books and activities that integrate playful learning into your story time.

Throughout the day we will share stories, sing songs, and refine our story time programs so that children and parents get the most out of this core library service. Experienced story time presenters and those new to libraries will both leave with ready-made programs that they can implement in their libraries as well as many additional activities they can modify as they plan future story times.  

Trainer: Artistic Literacy, Inc.

Elizabeth McConney has been providing art programming at libraries and schools in northeast Florida since 2005. With a B.A. in Visual Arts from New College of Florida, Elizabeth is a studio artist who works by commission. She is currently a Literacy Content Specialist for the Lastinger Center at the University of Florida College of Education.

Amber Holley has worked with Jacksonville Public Library since 2004 in several libraries both large and small, urban and suburban. She has worked as a teen librarian, children’s librarian, and a branch manager. She is currently the Manager of Learning Services. Amber has been presenting training to other librarians since 2007. She has a B.A. from New College of Florida, a M.L.I.S. from University of South Florida, and is a graduate of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute.

Cost: NEFLIN classes are free of charge for Florida library staff. Registration is required for all classes and NEFLIN members get priority.

This project was funded either under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Library Cooperative Grant program. Florida’s LSTA and LCG programs are administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. 

For FY2022-23, the total state and federal budgets for NEFLIN's programs are $688,109. 42% of the total costs ($288,109) are supported by federal funds, and 58% of this program ($400,000) is supported by state funds.