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OLA 2018: Integrating Art-Making into Early Childhood Programming
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Integrating Art-Making into Early Childhood Programming

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Executive Room

This program will highlight four low-budget early childhood art-making programs offered at the Belle Isle Library, and equip attendees with the knowledge and tools necessary to replicate them at their own branches. The programs are oriented towards children 18 months to 4 years old. Presenters will describe and demonstrate how they integrated art into a sensory play time, and expanded to offer a monthly program called "Little Hands Art Camp," a quarterly intergenerational program called "Family Art Night, and finally a community-based art project permanently displayed in the Children's Area of the library.  Participants will learn about emerging art trends in art education, such as open-ended art, process-art, materials exploration, and play-based making; learn best practices for art-making library programs such as scheduling, preparation, implementation, and parental involvement; learn how to integrate literacy into art programs; learn how to lead 12 early childhood art projects paired with book titles (projects will be displayed along with instructions)

Presented by: Katherine Hickey and Heather White
Sponsored by: Public Libraries Division
Designed for: Public libraries
Areas of interest: Children's services, Programming

Katherine Hickey


Katherine Hickey works for the Metropolitan Library System at the Belle Isle Library as a Children's Librarian. She earned an M.S. in Human Development in 2014 from Virginia Tech and an MLIS in 2016 from the University of Oklahoma.  She is an active member of OLA and the ALSC, and is passionate about bringing child development theory and principles into early childhood programming.



Heather WhiteHeather White is a museum educator and art teacher in Oklahoma City. She has worked in museum education for over ten years and holds an M.A. in Art Education and an M.A. in Art History from the University of North Texas. Heather designs and leads art making workshops for children and families for the Metropolitan Library System in OKC. She also serves as the Tour Content Specialist for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

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