2020 Leadership Institute

October 7th, 2020


Keynote Address: Adaptable Leadership

Presented by ALSC President Kirby McCurtis

Keynote Slides


Accessible Virtual Storytimes Everyone Can Enjoy

with Jessica Fredrickson, Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy and Renee Grassi, Dakota County Library

Interactive Jamboards

Resources Handout

Session Recording

Session Transcript


Do you Speak Possibility?
with Joyce Johnson, Colorado State Library



Early Literacy Framework: A Shared Vision

with Gail Yerbic, Melody Garcia, and Kate Brunner, Growing Readers Together (Colorado State Library)

Framework Checklist

Framework Resources

How Rude! The Price of Incivility in the Workplace
with Jean Marie Heilig and Christine Kreger, Colorado State Library



Leading with Equity

with Sisi Dong Brinn, LENA


Meeting Needs in Your Community

with Ashley Brown, University of Denver

Data Chart Comparison


Programs and Services in Spanish: Successes, Attempts and Work in Progress

with Alberto Pellicer, Denver Public Library

Reimagining School Readiness
with Michelle Randall, Bay Area Discovery Museum

Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit

Unlocking Potential: Early Literacy Leadership
with Debra Trogdon-Livingston; Sarah Miller; andEmily Winfrey, Gaston County Public Library

Storytime Challenges


2020 Main Conference

October 8, 2020



Keynote Address - Books! Joy! Justice!

Presented by Janet Damon, Library Journal Mover & Shaker and Founder of Afros and Books

Keynote Slides

10 Tips for Teaching and Talking with Kids About Race (English)

10 Tips for Teaching and Talking with Kids About Race (Spanish)


Best Books & Toys for Babies
with SarahEllen Hickle, Pikes Peak Library District, and Alanna Jones, Pikes Peak Library District

Best Books Handout

Best Toys Handout

Building Literacy and School Readiness
with Melody Alvarez, Pikes Peak Library District; Pedro Mendez, Denver Public Library; and Sisi Dong Brinn, LENA


CLEL Bells
with Mollie Lancaster, Arapahoe Library District, and Kimberly Powers, Englewood Public Library

Early Learning Media Mentorship in the Time of COVID
with Mary Kuehner, Arapahoe Library District


Early STEM is Early Literacy
with Jennifer Redford, Idaho Commission for Libraries and Heather Lee, Early STEM


Embracing Race in Children’s Programing
with Melanie Borski-Howard, Boulder Public Library, and Carolyn Valencia, High Plains Library District


Fostering Community Partnerships
with Susie Menk, Manitowoc Public Library and Terry Ehle, Lester Public Library

Going Analog: The ABC’s of a Quality Program
with James Stetson, Montrose Regional Library

Health Literacy for Littles

with Amy Reyes, Eagle Valley Library District



Leveling Elephant, Piggie, Fly Guy and More

with Lu Benke, PhD, Linking Library and Literacy Consulting, and Jim Erikson, PhD, University of Northern Colorado



Shaking up Storytime
with April Spisak, Albany Public Library


Vroom: Free Brain-Building and Early Literacy Resources in 16 Languages!
with Lucy Tasker, Parent Possible

Accessing Vroom

Partnership Guide


Previous Conference Information


Links to presenter content from this year and previous years can be found at the links below.


2020 Conference Materials

2019 Conference Materials


2018 Conference Materials

2017 Conference Materials

2016 Conference Materials

2015 Conference Materials


2014 Conference Materials 


2013 Conference Materials


2012 Conference Materials