1000 Books Workshop for Parents & Educators

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Building Resilience in Children: 3rd Annual 1000 Books Workshop for Parents & Educators

Igniting a love of reading and learning in young children can lead to powerful results in school and life. Join York County Libraries for a free 1000 Books before Kindergarten workshop series featuring acclaimed author Lindsay Barrett George, child development experts, and youth services librarians. Created for parents and professionals, this educational workshop series will provide tips and strategies for developing language skills, building resiliency, taking learning outdoors, and using play to increase knowledge.

Register using the form below to receive a private YouTube link to watch the workshops anytime between October 14 – November 30, 2021.

See below for workshop descriptions.


2021 Workshops

Using Puppets and Art to Develop Language Skills – Register Now

Join acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Barrett George to learn how to use books, puppets, and art to help young children develop language skills. This skilled storyteller wants parents and educators alike to discover the value of reading aloud and sharing books with children. Lindsay authored numerous books including Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse, In the Woods: Who’s Been Here?, Maggie’s Ball, Alfred Digs, and In the Garden: Who’s Been Here? She holds the distinguished honor of being selected as the very first featured author for Pennsylvania’s One Book Every Young Child program. Lindsay is a passionate advocate of Pennsylvania’s libraries and statewide PA Forward literacy initiatives. Locally, York County Libraries have featured Lindsay and her outstanding work for children as part of the 2006 Reading Rainbow Celebration, Grade One At the Library (GOAL) program from 2017 to 2019, and now, the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten literacy initiative!

Weaving Social Emotional Learning into Daily Life – Register Now

Resiliency and Social Emotional Learning are closely related. Research shows that children with high resilience tend to have prosocial behaviors, a greater ability to manage stress and anxiety and reduced negative behaviors. Join Child Care Consultants Quality Coach Jenn Wertz to learn how to weave social emotional learning into your daily routines at home and in the classroom. She will share three key strategies to help children self-regulate and explain how to approach challenging behaviors from a positive lens. Jenn has been in the early childhood education field for 24 years and works with providers through PA’s quality initiative, Keystone STARS. She has her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and her Master of Education in Early Childhood Education.

Connecting Nature and Learning: Winter Edition – Register Now

Getting outside is important for children and wintertime should not be an exception. Elizabeth Marcello, quality coach for Child Care Consultants, Inc., walks through the basics of nature-based early childhood education and why it is important for optimal child development. She will share several great activity ideas to integrate into your day at home or school that can keep children learning about nature throughout the winter months. Her professional expertise includes creating natural play spaces, both physical and mobile, that provide safe and organic play opportunities for children and their families. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies and a Master of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology.

Learn the Basics: Developmentally Appropriate Practice – Register Now

Do one-year-old children need blocks? Should babies be exposed to screen time? Does a two-year-old share? Child Care Consultants Inclusion Support Coach Kim Alloway will answer these questions as she explains the basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice and how to interact with children using appropriate expectations to help them learn in a meaningful way. Kim’s passion is working with teachers and parents to help them understand how young children learn and grow. She also works to ensure that young children who may have differences can be included in typical settings. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and has additional certificates in zero to three infant toddler competencies

Picture Books that Build Resilience – Register Now

Discover 30 beautiful picture books that will inspire children to overcome obstacles and bounce back. Like many other life skills, resilience is something that can be learned, and books are a great way for parents and educators to introduce concepts like patience, courage, and perseverance to young children. York County Libraries Director of Youth Services Jaclyn Cassidy and York County Libraries Youth Services Program Manager Lisa Schmittle will lead the workshop, sharing new resources and activities to pair with the books to enhance learning. Jaclyn has 18 years of public library experience serving children and teens. She is an active member of the American Library Association and Pennsylvania Library Association. Jaclyn has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology and Master of Science in Library Science. Lisa is in her 16th year at York County Libraries and has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in early childhood education. In addition, Lisa earned her master’s degree as a reading specialist and has a PA teaching certification in elementary education, early childhood education, and reading.