Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for the 2020 Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Webinar, scheduled on October 8 and 9, 2020. We are seeking speakers for both days.  October 8th will start at 12:00 pm and end at 5:00 pm. and October 9th will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude at 5:00 pm.  The times are approximate, and could change.  For 2020, the conference will be exclusively online. 

In addition to a keynote speaker, we will have break-out sessions.  Break-out sessions will be approximately 50 minutes in length. If you would like to present a session, please submit a proposal by filling out the form below.

There will be no monetary compensation. Presentations will be through a virtual format.   We will provide webinar training and support for our presenters.

This year on October 8th, we are looking for leadership themed topics, and on October 9th, we are looking for a variety of presentations that provide training for conference attendees. 

In the Leadership Institute, we are seeking presentation topics geared to participants who currently have leadership “titles”—such as youth services manager—and to all youth services staff members and students who wish to lead from where they are, for a strong array of presentations that allow all participants to explore professional growth and their own leadership potential.

Potential Leadership Institute Themes:
*Mentorship of early literacy staff and storytime presenters
*How to lead from where you are
*How to advocate for youth within the library and in the community
*Recognizing and eliminating barriers to access for young children and families
*Fostering strategic partnerships
*Change management
*Providing services responsive to your community’s needs
*Communication skills
*Coaching/feedback models
*Reflections of 2020 so far
*New to management
*If you could attend any one session on leadership, what would it be about?
*Future of libraries and leadership
*Uncertain times-adapting to change, self-care, etc.
*Things that can hold people back from leading
*Taking risks and not being afraid of failure
*Middle Management
*Soft skills-what makes a good manager?
*Keeping the momentum when the bottom drops out.
* How to identify learning and development opportunities
*Advocacy for your staff and for your department
*Needs Assessment
Potential Training Themes:
*Creating new best practices for storytime
*Remote programing
*Fabulous failures at your library and how to fail successfully - how did you fail and what did you learn?
*Spanish/Bilingual/non-English storytime
*Evaluating picture books and other children’s media
*Beginning readers and connecting families to kindergarten readiness resources and ideas
*Innovative visual art programs in early literacy and how to implement them
*Early literacy programming for rural and small libraries
*Training for non-children staff and/or local childcare providers
*Mental and/or physical health issues and helping our patrons
*Non-fiction in storytime
*Stress reduction and resiliency
*Reflections on 2020 so far

In addition, we are always looking for presentations on ECRR2, literacy and brain development research, storytime best practices, great books for storytimes, and more!

Proposals for presentations will be considered only if submitted by midnight MST August 1st, 2020. 
YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION THAT THE SUBMISSION HAS BEEN RECEIVED.  If you do not receive confirmation, please email

Thank you, and good luck!

- TracieKruse, 2020 Chair
- Suzanne Gray, Co-Chair
- Becky Steenburg, emeritus

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* 1. Please indicate the contact information for the first presenter. Presenters will be notified by email about the status of their proposals and other important conference information

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* 2. Name of Presentation

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* 3. Presentation Summary

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* 4. Additional Presenters Name and Email

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* 5. Additional comments or requests