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Best Practices of Early Literacy Storytime 
Sponsor: Children and Teen Services Roundtable

Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 11:00-12:30 pm
Location: Salon I

Session Description: 
Attendees will be introduced to the best practices of an early literacy storytime, how libraries can facilitate early learning practices for customers and story time and learn about the latest trends. Part of the presentation will be a demonstration of a best practices storytime program.

Speakers:  
Jenny StenisJenny Stenis, MLIS is currently the Coordinator of Readers’ Services for the Pioneer Library System. A long standing member of OLA she has served OLA as Program Chair, CATS Chair, Mildred Laughlin FOB Committee Chair, terms on the Children’s and Young Adult Sequoyah and Sequoyah Administrative teams and has been a Scholarship Committee member. Currently serving as a member of CATS and Mildred Laughlin Festival of Books Committee.

Valerie KimbleValerie Kimble is a children’s librarian and storyteller. She lives in Norman and selects children’s picture books and nonprint for the Pioneer Library System collection, and provides customer programs and staff training in storytelling/story times, child development and early literacy skills and practices.
Her Masters in Library Science is from the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, and she has been a practicing librarian for 40 years in public, school, and special libraries.

Beverly TheigeBeverly Theige has a bachelor of music degree from Baylor University and 18 years experience teaching music to children.  In 2007, she began leading Rhythm Babies at the Norman Public Library, a program in which her daughter Sammie, now age 18, participated when she was a baby. In an effort to encourage others to share music with their children, Beverly was asked to record the CD Teach Me a Song in 2009.  Because incorporating songs, rhymes and finger plays into programs is second nature to her, she was asked to contribute to the Growing Like a Read flip book. Beverly strives to make learning fun for both children and their parents.  She lives in Norman with her husband, Joe and daughter, Sammie. 

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