Reimagining School Readiness

The Montana State Library is excited to be participating in the Year 3 Cohort of the Reimagining School Readiness Train-the-Trainer program starting in 2021! 

Last Updated on: 7/19/22

What is the Reimagining School Readiness Program?

The Reimagining School Readiness Train-the-Trainer program is a professional development program designed to train library staff to use the Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit. The Toolkit, originally developed by the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) in collaboration with the California State Library (CSL), is a set of free resources which includes tips and strategies for librarians, and activities for children and caregivers that prepare children for success in school. The current program is offered as part of a nearly $250,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded to Pacific Library Partnership (PLP). PLP is partnering with BADM, and CSL to train libraries across the country on how to use the Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit to positively impact families and children in their communities. This program is now in its third year, and Montana is excited to be participating.

Please read more about BADM, the Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit, and the IMLS grant at the following links:

What will the RSR Toolkit program look like in Montana?

As a part of this cohort, the Montana State Library will do the following:

  • Send two Montana librarians to attend two virtual trainings with the Bay Area Discovery Museum in January 2022. The two librarians attending the 2022 trainings are:
    • Amelea Kim, Lifelong Learning Librarian at Montana State Library
    • Bayley Gibson, Public Services Librarian at the Madison Valley Public Library
  • Plan and design workshops to train Montana librarians in the toolkit resources and research behind the resources. These workshops will be virtual, with the possibility of in-person opportunities as circumstances allow.
  • Provide annual trainings in future years to refresh and reenergize those who have already been trained, and to introduce new librarians to the toolkit and help them learn how to use it.

How can I find out more about Reimagining School Readiness training events?

Information on scheduled trainings will be posted to this webpage, sent out on WIRED, and posted in the ASPeN Training Calendar once they are scheduled. Virtual trainings will be recorded and posted to MSL's Vimeo channel as well. You can also email Amelea Kim at akim@mt.gov for information at any point in time. 

Who can attend the Reimagining School Readiness training events?

Any Montana librarian is welcome to attend these trainings! Trainings are free, and you are also welcome to invite any of your community partners to these events as well. These trainings would be most interesting and applicable to librarians who work directly with young children (0-5) and their families, but we are happy to have anyone with interest in this topic. 

Scheduled Training Dates

All trainings are virtual, unless stated otherwise. These training times might change, depending on the content learned at the Train-the-Trainer session in January 2022.

  • March 15th, Tuesday, from 1 - 5 pm
  • Two Part Workshop: You are expected to attend both sessions of the workshop
    • April 5th, Tuesday, from 1 - 3 pm
    • April 12th, Tuesday, from 1 - 3 pm
  • November 2022 Two-Part Workshop
    • November 2nd, Wednesday, from 1 - 3 pm
    • November 9th, Wednesday, from 1 - 3 pm