Marie Aspinwall, a children's librarian at New Canaan Library, was a guest presenter at the New York Library Association's Youth Services Conference April 4 in White Plains, N.Y.
Aspinwall, along with Gail Brown of Voorheesville Public Library, spoke on the topic "Early Literacy Storytime: Blending Tradition with Technology."
She focused on the various new technologies librarians can use and explore within the framework of traditional story times, explaining New Canaan's use of SmartBoards, iPads/apps and computers. She explained to an audience of 50 professionals how to find quality apps and information online and incorporated tips for librarians and modeling skills for parents.
She also emphasized the importance of librarians being comfortable with new media. Librarians must facilitate best practices in using technology with children and encourage parents to use technology in ways that touch on the six early literacy skills.
At the conference, Roger Sutton, editor in chief of Horn Book Magazine, spoke on the future of children's book publishing, and Steve Sheinkin, author of the 2014 Newbury Honor Book called "Bomb," spoke about writing for tweens and teens.