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Friday, October 18 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Programming with Intent: Planning Storytimes Through An Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Framework

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Equity, diversity and inclusion can and should be a regular part of early literacy programming, not just a theme reserved for holidays or heritage months. From books to music, there are many opportunities to organically incorporate multicultural and multilingual aspects into storytime to engage children and their caregivers. This session will cover how to effectively select and use diverse early literacy activities for today's modern child that will help them reflect, expand and understand their experiences as part of the larger world. Participants will leave this session with a better understanding of evaluating resources for authenticity and appropriateness as well as strategies and practices for including them into their programming.​

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Sophie Kenney

Assistant Manager of Children's Services, Aurora Public Library
Sophie Kenney is the Assistant Manager of Children's Services and Early Literacy Specialist for the Aurora Public Library, located in the second largest city in Illinois. She teaches preschool storytime with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. She currently serves on the Equity... Read More →

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Friday October 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
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