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Baby Sensory Play! Workshop

Join us @ SALS March 10th 10:00-12:00 For a free fun hands-on workshop.

Babies not included.

Engage your littlest patrons with a program that incorporates the Early Literacy Skill of play. Play is an important part of child development, specifically early literacy. This program will provide participants with instructions on how to implement a sensory program on any budget. Participants will know how to turn a dollar store pool noodle into several early literacy activities, as well as hands-on sensory stations will be explored.

The goal of this program is to educate participants on the importance of play as an early literacy skill and will include hands-on learning through a variety of sensory play stations. Attendees will leave with the knowledge on how to replicate a similar program on any size budget as well as how to turn a basic dollar store pool noodle into several simple sensory activities for baby. Participants will also make a sensory play item to take with them!

Jennifer Preisser

I am a Children’s Librarian at the Greece Public Library in Rochester, New York. My expertise is Early Literacy Programming with a particular focus on children aged from birth-5 years old. I am passionate and committed to the value and impact play and literacy provide and enjoy investigating new program ideas that focus on these rewarding principles.

“Baby Sensory Play” is one of the programming fruits of that effort and I have been fortunate to deliver presentations at a number of professional library conferences and share my experiences with other library professionals.

Continuing Education Opportunities

YSS Spring Conference

Are you interested in attending? Interested in not having to pay?

Check out our Continuing Education grant here https://salsblog.sals.edu/about-us/grant-recipients/

Submit before Feb 28th

  • Friday May 15, 2020
  • 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel
  • Clayton, NY
  • Keynote: Ellen Oh

We can offer your library $1,000 in funds that can be used to pay for registration costs, accommodations, and mileage!

In some instances, the library will require coverage staff in order for a staff member to attend a Challenge Grant-funded event. Libraries with 4 FTE or fewer, as reported on their Annual Report, may use grant funds to pay for coverage staff at a reimbursement rate of$12/hour.

What's New in YA Lit & How to Use It In Your Program (Grades 6-12)

  • 1 Day Event: March 30, 2020
  • Cost of Attendance: $279.00 per person
  • Event Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • Check-In: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Event Location: ALBANY

Again Check out the SALS Continuing Education Grant for assistance in funding.

  • Specifically Designed for Secondary Teachers, School Librarians and Public Librarians
  • A comprehensive overview of the best, new books for young adults published in the past year
  • Practical, ready-to-use ideas for selecting and utilizing the best, new young adult literature across your curriculum
  • Learn about new nonfiction titles that support your state standards for using informational text with students
  • An extensive young adult literature resource handbook filled with annotated booklists, ready-to-use ideas, themes, activities, and more valuable and practical ideas


Registration is open for April 23rd is now open!

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Jack Scott


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