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Supercharged Storytimes

You already provide great storytimes.
Supercharge your practice to make them even better!

Tuesday Cohort: September 4th – November 13th

Thursday Cohort: September 6th – November 15th 

Supercharged Storytimes is a 10 week course consisting of 5 live webinars and one in person session at the end, online discussion forums, readings and activities. The course provides training in how to intentionally apply research-based practices to boost early literacy in young children attending library storytime. Course work requires a time commitment of an average of 1.5 hours per week.

Content has been developed by Saroj Ghoting, early literacy consultant, Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Program Manager, CiKeithia Pugh, Early Learning Program Manager at the Seattle Public Library, and Emily Plagman, Project Manager at Project Outcome, with support from OCLC and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, RE-95-17-0085-17.

Whitney Nelson is the Assistant Director at the Holston River Regional Library.  She had the opportunity to participate in the Supercharged Storytime training this summer and is excited to bring this training to library staff in the Holston and Clinch River Regions in TN. 

Learning Objectives: 

As a result of participation in the Supercharged Storytimes training, practitioners will be able to:

  • Explain the impact of library storytime practices on early literacy development in children, referencing significant studies such as the VIEWS2 research.
  • Describe the key elements of a supercharged storytime and integrate them into their own storytimes.
  • Be intentional in supporting early literacy behaviors in relation to books and storytime activities through the use of the Early Literacy Planning Tool.
  • Increase interactivity with children during story times, observing children’s behaviors, and engage parents/caregivers to reinforce these behaviors at home and in other environments.
  • Share early literacy information with parents/caregivers, providing them with ideas and resources they can use with their children in everyday life.
  • Use assessment tools to evaluate and improve storytimes, including self-reflection and the Project Outcome Early Childhood Literacy outcome-based assessment toolkit.
  • Employ strategies to reach children and families of highest needs in communities served by the library.
  • Confidently articulate the value of library storytimes to a variety of stakeholders and recognize how Supercharged Storytimes connects to other early literacy structures such as their state’s early learning guidelines, Every Child Ready to Read® and Head Start Child Outcomes.


Regional Director