Think back to when the sudden shutdown of services was imposed. Did you find yourself looking for some fun literacy-based activities to use in virtual outreach? When you were suddenly faced with no face-to-face interactions with your usual storytime crowd or students, did you join the Queue of librarians and teachers seeking things to spark imagination during the “Q?”

Come on a Quest with a children’s librarian and presenter of workshops on early childhood literacy as she demonstrates how “Literacy Doodads” can enhance online presentations as well as in-person programming, all while incorporating ECRR.

Among other things, attendees will learn the following literacy-enhancing and family friendly activities:
How to recognize and capitalize on Literacy Doodads (Hint: you may already have several!)
How to use recycled materials to create a myriad stash of alphabet letters that can be used for games, puzzles, crafts and more!
How to have fun in the kitchen making personalized pancakes and waffles, fruit kebabs, pizzas, and even gingerbread houses – all involving the alphabet! YUM!

Original broadcast October 27, 2020

Biography ~ Kathy Barco
Following her retirement as literacy coordinator at Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System, Kathy Barco became a freelance library consultant specializing in early literacy and intellectual freedom. She was a children’s librarian with the ABC Library and served five years as youth services coordinator for the New Mexico State Library.
Kathy co-edited True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries, published by ALA Editions in 2012.

Her fifth book, Storytime and Beyond: Having Fun with Early Literacy, co-authored with Melanie Borski-Howard, was published by Libraries Unlimited in October 2018. Kathy received her MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband and two cats.