In a time of ever-changing roles, librarians are challenged to find new ways to reach out to their communities. Motheread provides them with a totally different way to connect people with books. Using the innovative Motheread/Fatheread curriculum, librarians from coast to coast are taking their programs into churches, prisons, community centers and schools – places where they connect with hard-to-serve audiences.

In order to implement programming for adults and children, staff need to attend two separate interactive trainings, the Motheread/Fatheread Institute and Story Exploring.

The 20-hour Motheread/Fatheread Institute gives staff who serve adults the tools and materials needed to enhance basic skill instruction. Participants completing institute requirements will be awarded 2.0 CEUs from North Carolina State University.

Training participants

  • Learn about the adult education, best practice research for the curriculum and instructional strategies
  • Experience the curriculum as both learners and instructors
  • Examine the use of formal and informal assessment tools to maximize instruction and student success
  • Learn how to contextualize instruction

The 6-hour Story Exploring training provides adults who work with children an innovative, research-based instructional approach and a 4-volume curriculum for children from birth through elementary school.

Training participants

  • Learn how to encourage a positive attitude and motivate children about reading
  • Examine story as a way to teach and the importance of narrative
  • Learn about the research that supports the Story Exploring curriculum
  • Practice specific strategies and techniques to build literacy skills through the read-aloud experience
  • Explore ways to use the transfer-to-home activities provided by the Story Extenders




Click here to download the Library Outreach (Working with Librarians to Find New Audiences) PDF file.