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More than 120 educators and library staff attended the first-ever Eastern Kansas Early Literacy Symposium in New Strawn, KS on February 7, 2017. The symposium was a joint event sponsored by Southeast Kansas Library System, Northeast Kansas Library System, and the Coffey County Library. It was a day filled of learning, and the handouts can be found below.


Saroj Ghoting, early childhood literacy consultant, presented the keynote session: Supercharging Your Storytimes. Using intentionality, interactivity, and a variety of teaching techniques, participants learned to plan storytimes that prepare children to learn to read. The afternoon sessions included instruction on additional literacy activities, advice on set up for successful storytimes, and methods for storytime outreach.

Saroj’s website provides a ton of useful information, including some of the handouts she used at the event. (

Breakout Sessions

Literacy Activities in a Shoebox and on a Shoestring
Set Up for Success: Encouraging Behaviors for Optimal Learning and Engagement
Take It to ‘Em: Early Literacy Programs Out to the Community