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Online Learning Opportunities for Babies

Online Learning Opportunities for Babies

“Here are some tips for moving your infant programming online:

  1. Make sure your name and face become familiar. Be sure to introduce yourself on storytime video chats and recordings or include a picture and introduction paragraph on handouts in kits you send home.
  2. Make sure library collections, rooms, and areas become familiar. If possible record and run virtual library programs in rooms that the program would normally be held in or near a collection babies would normally look through such as board books. Take a moment in the video chat to give a little tour and description of where you are.
  3. Be sure to keep the lines of communication between librarian and parents open. Give out your email address or work phone number. Let parents know it’s okay to contact you with questions, but also with pictures and updates of their children. This will allow for milestone discussions and material recommendations to be as natural as when we see parents in the library.
  4. Talk about and give early literacy tips virtually.  In addition to sharing such tips during programming, you can also share tips through the library website and on social media.
  5. If you notice library usage slipping in this demographic, it is time to do more outreach. One idea is to send packets or kits to hospitals and doctors offices to hand out to new parents. Let these essential workers let their clients know we are open and still willing to serve them. “


Posted on: November 22, 2020, 6:35 am Category: Uncategorized

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