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Touchpoints in Libraries: Understanding Child Development and Engaging Families

April 12 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Touchpoints in Libraries is for all professionals working in any library setting who want to deepen their engagement with families. This virtual training builds an understanding of a child’s developmental process from birth to 6 years. Participants develop skills for connecting with families through culturally responsive, strengths-based interactions.

This 28-hour, 8-module course supports effective family/caregiver engagement in libraries. It focuses on implementing a set of strengths-based practices, such as observation of children’s behavior and parents’ strengths, that build library-family/caregiver relationships and help promote family wellness.

This training introduces the Touchpoints Approach as adapted by and for librarians. Learn how you can use Touchpoints to enhance and expand the important work you already do with families and other caregivers.

Participants learn to:

  • View children’s development as a process characterized by periods of change that affect the family system
  • Identify opportunities to connect with and support families in daily library interactions, including moments that feel challenging for them and for you
  • Use strengths-based and culturally responsive strategies to connect with families and co-workers
  • Create a shared language among staff about engaging families and caregivers

Course format:
This course consists of eight modules and is carried out with a small cohort of other library staff from around the country. Each module takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete (90-minute live session, 60-minute online work). Modules are followed by six monthly one-hour virtual reflective practice sessions. Attendance is required at all live sessions; these sessions are NOT recorded. Participants who complete the course receive a certificate.

Session dates and times:
Live sessions are on the following Wednesdays at 1:30–3 pm ET / 10:30am–12 pm PT

  • April 12, 19 & 26
  • May 10, 17, 24 & 31
  • June 7

Number of participants:

  • Minimum of 10
  • Maximum of 20

Professionals who work in library library settings and with young children and their families

BTC Learning Network members can save $25 on the course fee. Contact us if you are a member.

At a Glance

April 12 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Cost: $795