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Sensory Storytimes

Event Type: Face-to-Face
Date: 1/20/2022
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 4:00 PM
Description:
 Description: The American Library Association (ALA)’s Intellectual Freedom Manual states:

The American Library Association recognizes that persons with disabilities are a large and often neglected part of society. In addition to many personal challenges, some persons with disabilities face economic inequity, illiteracy, cultural isolation, and discrimination in education, employment, and the broad range of societal activities. The library plays a catalytic role in their lives by facilitating their full participation in society (ALA Council, 2009).

Offering a storytime for children with special needs is one way public libraries can develop literacy skills in children with disabilities and support their caregivers and families.

This hands-on workshop will address:
• Why sensory storytimes are important,
• What a sensory storytime is, and
• How to offer sensory storytimes effectively.

Participants will
• Explore and understand the concepts of the Universal Design for Learning and how these can be applied to library storytimes,
• Experience a wide variety of sensory storytime strategies and activities,
• Work in small groups to develop and share ideas for sensory adaptations of stories,
• Investigate effective approaches to program logistics, marketing, and dealing with disruptive behaviors, and
• Leave with at least one sensory story to share immediately
Academic Library staff will be interested in this workshop because knowing about different formats of storytimes will provide different methods to assist students taking courses in special education.
Public Library staff will be interested in this workshop because sensory storytimes develop literacy skills in children with disabilities and support their caregivers and families.
School Library staff will be interested in this workshop because sensory storytime strategies support learning across the curriculum, engaging and deepening learning and literacy development.
Special Library staff will be interested in this workshop because sensory storytimes develop literacy skills in children with disabilities and support their caregivers and families.

**********SPECIAL NOTE About this Workshop:**********
This is an in-person, Face-to-Face Workshop.

SWFLN will be operating this Face-to-Face Workshop with Covid Precautions and Social Distancing policies in place. To provide Social Distancing,

1. We will be limiting seating to one person per table;
2. We will have Hand Sanitizer, Clorox Wipes, and Disinfecting Spray available for your use as well.
3. We strongly encourage you to wear your mask during this training event in order to protect yourself and others while you are in the SWFLN Office.

We hope to see you at SWFLN!!!

Location: SWFLN Office: 13120 Westlinks Terrace, Unit 3 Fort Myers, FL 33913 (239) 313-6338
Registration Ends: 1/16/2022 at 12:05 AM
Other Information:
 About the Presenter: Sherry Norfolk is an award-winning storyteller, author and teaching artist, performing and leading residencies and professional development workshops nationally and in SE Asia. A former Children’s Librarian and Coordinator of Children’s Outreach Services with Miami-Dade (FL) Public Library, and former Youth Services Coordinator for the DeKalb County (GA) Public Library, she is a sought-after professional development trainer. As a performing artist, she is a dynamic storyteller, telling well-crafted and age-appropriate folktales from around the world. As a teaching artist, she uses storytelling as a strategy for teaching preK-12th grade curriculum.
Sherry works extensively in self-contained special needs classrooms as well as inclusive classrooms and has presented workshops and webinars for VSA-Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the use of storytelling with diverse learners as well as leading workshops on storytelling strategies for inclusive classrooms for the Kennedy Center’s CETA program. She is also Wolf Trap Teaching Artist, using sensory storytelling strategies in preK special needs classrooms in Wolf Trap residencies, and is co-author of Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs (Libraries Unlimited, 2018).
Contact: Luly Castro
Contact Number: (239) 313-6338
Presenter: Sherry Norfolk
Status: Waiting List


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