How can you boost your library’s profile as a community hub? Host recurring English and bilingual “Family Play Dates” featuring early literacy education and take-home kits for parents with children ages 0 to 24 months. Mighty Beginnings encourages first-time parents, regardless of financial means, to build a supportive community and learn about age-appropriate early literacy tools in a trusted space. Learn what Sunnyvale (California) Public Library did and how to adapt our framework for your needs.

In this interactive and informative program, you will learn:
• Three specific literacy milestones of children ages 0 to 24 months
• Four pre-reading activities that parents can use to promote early literacy at home
• How to adapt the outlined framework for creating a scalable, inclusive early literacy program in your own community


Original broadcast August 20, 2020

Biography ~ Wendy Silver
Wendy Silver is an Adult Services Librarian at Sunnyvale Public Library in Silicon Valley. She collects eBooks, designs marketing materials, swoons over fonts, and is the voice of much of the Library’s social media (Instagram @sunnyvalelibrary & facebook.com/sunnyvalelibrary). She is passionate about raising new readers, including her own. When not at work, she reads YA and watches too much TV, all in the name of Reader’s Advisory.

Biography ~ Raina Tuakoi
Raina Tuakoi is a champion for library programs focused on special needs children and underserved populations. She has instituted ongoing Library programs for these groups, including Tummy Time for infants. Raina has been recognized nationally as a 2012 ALA Spectrum Scholar, a 2014 CLA Begun Award Recipient, and a 2018 ALA Emerging Leader. In her spare time, she loves to travel. Raina is also an avid Disney fan and loves visiting with her family.