Library Programming for Parents with Infants: What, Why, and How? - webinar from Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen (Mother Goose on the Loose)

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Event Details

Programming for parents and babies in the library is relatively new. Parents with newborns are in a class by themselves; when librarians understand the issues facing new parents, they can create optimal learning environments that are just as nurturing for parents as for their infants. Because the architecture of the brain is formed in the earliest years of life and the warmth of parent-child relations has an effect on the child’s early development, offering quality programs is important.

Learn how to present research-based programs for this audience by identifying popular elements to include, exploring recommended activities, creating welcoming communities, and using developmental tips that are easy-to-understand without being condescending. 

All participants should have a doll or stuffed animal available for use during the webinar.

Register here and a Zoom link will be emailed to you.

This webinar will be 1hr 15m and is worth 1 General LEU.

This webinar will be recorded and will be available for Indiana library staff to view for 30 days after the live session via ISL's Archived Webinar page.

Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, creator of the Mother Goose on the Loose early literacy program, is a trainer, consultant, and author.  Based on her experiences as a children’s librarian in public libraries, a librarian in children’s museums, a preschool teacher, a home daycare provider, and a parent of three children (now grown), Betsy knows firsthand that children learn best through play. Betsy holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science, a Doctorate in Communications Design, and is a certified “Listen, Like, Learn”  instructor. She is a recipient of the ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award for “revolutionizing the way librarians work with children from birth to age 3” and the Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries.

The Indiana State Library will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities.  If you require an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in this program, service or activity of the Indiana State Library, please contact Carmen Steadham, the Indiana State Library’s ADA Coordinator ( or 317-232-2679).  Notice of a needed accommodation should be provided as soon as possible to allow time for the State Library to arrange for the accommodation; however, notice of a needed accommodation must be provided to one of the above contacts no later than 48 hours in advance.

Event Type(s): ISL Webinar
Presenter: Beth Yates, Children’s Consultant
Beth Yates