Welcome to the 2016 MLA Annual Conference! MLA looks forward to celebrating its 125th Anniversary with you.
Thursday, September 29 • 10:55am - 11:55am
Early Literacy Play Spaces: How to Create and Maintain Opportunities for Playful Learning in Your Library

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Play helps young children develop important early literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. In this session you will learn how Hennepin County Libraries have created hands-on, multi-sensory learning environments that incorporate the 5 early literacy practices of Every Child Ready to Read and empower caregivers as their child's first and best teacher. You will learn tips and best practices on how to achieve a successful play space no matter the size of your library or your budget. You can create opportunities for playful learning for the families in your community. This session will show you how!


Tracy Hvezda-Lehtola, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Tracy Hvezda-Lehtola is a Youth Services Librarian and co-chair of the Early Literacy Traveling Team for Hennepin County Library. She leads a team of energetic and talented staff to plan and install early literacy play spaces in multiple Hennepin County library branches each year... Read More →

Jane Boss, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Jane Boss began her library career when she was 16 years old, and hanging out at her local public library so much that they said they might as well pay her to be there.  She has since worked for her college library, as well as held numerous positions within the Minneapolis Public... Read More →

Joyce Linman, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Joyce Linman is a Librarian for the Hennepin County Library system.  She has worked for the system for over 32 years in different size libraries and roles.  Currently she is a Youth Services Librarian at the Ridgedale Branch where early literacy play areas are used with great enthusiasm... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Split Rock Room 1