2014 Early Literacy Symposium

Gather for the Library's third annual symposium, offering practical methods for encouraging early learning in every child through books – and beyond the book.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
8:00 am
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Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Missouri in-service training clock hours will be granted for attending the Early Literacy Symposium.

The Library’s third annual symposium — a day of direction and support for parents, teachers, civic leaders, and others with a stake in children’s futures — features early literacy experts and practical approaches to early learning.

Chip Donohue, director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at Chicago's Erikson Institute, delivers the keynote address at 9 a.m. He is developing digital literacy resources and professional development programs for early childhood educators. Breakout sessions will follow the keynote address.

Parents and other attendees will come away with strategies for building children’s language skills and fostering their love of reading.

Early Literacy Symposium Schedule:



9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Digital Media and Early Literacy: What We Know and Why it Matters to Children’s Librarians, Early Childhood Educators, and Parents  |  Chip Donohue

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. — BREAK

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Attendees will have a choice of three breakout sessions:

Register online or at 816.701.3585.

The Early Literacy Symposium is part of the Kansas City Public Library’s
Building a Community of Readers initiative, which promotes a
lifelong love of reading in our community.



Major funding for Building a Community of Readers has been provided by the Hall Family Foundation, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, H&R Block Foundation, Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Sosland Foundation.

Early Literacy Symposium Session Descriptions:

Digital Media and Early Literacy: What We Know and Why it Matters to Children’s Librarians, Early Childhood Educators, and Parents  |  Chip Donohue  (back to top)
Advances in technology and interactive media are rapidly transforming how we communicate, access information, and learn in our personal and professional lives. That extends to early literacy efforts. As a senior fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, Chip Donohue co-wrote a position statement on the opportunities and obstacles associated with selecting, using, integrating, and evaluating technology in early childhood settings and children’s libraries. He highlights the statement’s key messages, identifies current research findings, and offers guidance for educators and librarians on technology’s role in promoting healthy child development and early literacy.

Chip Donohue, PhD, is the Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education at Chicago’s Erikson Institute and director of the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center. In 2012, he received the first Bammy Award acknowledging outstanding work in the education field and the Educators Voice Award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

Breakout A  |  Media Manager, Mediator and Mentor: Key Roles for Adults in the Multi-Screen, Multi-Touch Digital World  |  Chip Donohue  (back to top)
Chip Donohue discusses the intersection of child development, early learning, early literacy, and digital media. He identifies three key digital-age roles — media manager, mediator, and mentor — that educators, librarians, and parents fill in determining the appropriate balance between “all tech” and “no tech” for children. He’ll demonstrate a few apps that promote a healthy media diet for children and the adults in their lives. This is a hands-on, bring-your-own-device session.

Breakout B  |  Up and At ’Em: Revisiting Simple Music and Movement Activities
for Young Children
  |  Sarah Howard  (back to top)
Hear and appreciate how music activities help with early literacy. Learn some surefire hits to share with children and techniques for teaching them. Explore the resources available to help you add music to your program. Space for this session is limited to 30 participants.

Sarah Howard is the Children’s and Youth Services Manager for the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia, Missouri, and an adjunct instructor at the University of Missouri. She and her husband perform music and stories for children.

Breakout C  |  A is for Awesome: Taking Storytimes Beyond the Book  |  Derrick Barnes, Naphtali Faris, and Rob Herron III  (back to top)
Three Kansas City Public Library experts explore new techniques for presenting formal storytimes or just having fun with stories in the home.

Derrick Barnes is an Outreach Associate for the Kansas City Public Library. He is the author of a number of children’s books including the popular Ruby and the Booker Boys series.

Naphtali Faris is the Library’s Early Literacy Manager and the designer of its new Early Literacy Centers. She previously worked as a youth services librarian for the St. Louis Public Library and as a youth and literacy services consultant for the Missouri State Library.

Rob Herron III has been with the Library’s outreach department for two years. In that time, he has read to thousands of children at numerous Kansas City schools and day care facilities as part of the Stories to Go program.