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Understanding Diversity:  Serving Young Dual-Language Learners in the Library


Youth Services staff, or anyone working with families who speak a language other than English at home


York County Library, 138 East Black Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Date and Time:

Friday, February 8, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Do you experience a disconnect with families you serve? Is there cultural awareness within your library? Do you feel that cultural assumptions influence library programming or services?

How do we foster literacy among early childhood patrons with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds?

Find answers to these and other questions in the following workshop:

This 2-hour session, presented by early childhood dual language specialist Lydia Carnesale, will focus on fostering literacy, early learning, and how to connect with young children and their families who speak a language other than English within their home.  The session also explains the importance of cultural responsiveness to development and learning in early childhood, and offers strategies to enhance current library environments. It explores the ways that librarians can become more culturally responsive through easy-to-implement strategies and skills. 

After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Define cultural responsiveness and describe how it supports growth and development of young learners
  • List four skills needed to be culturally responsive
  • Identify strategies for creating a culturally responsive environment
  • Identify publishers and agencies specializing in materials and services for diverse learners of all ages



Questions? Contact:

Caroline Hull
South Carolina State Library 
(803) 734-7067


Presented in partnership with:


  SC Child Care Resource & Referral Network  SC Center for Children's Books & Literacy

Friday, February 8, 2019
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Continuing Education Literacy Cultural Special Needs Youth Services
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