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Library Trainings

We have all kinds of great opportunities for parents and caregivers at MDE this fall!  Click here for a flyer that lists them all or take a look below for some highlights:

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Confident Parenting: Speaker Series
For parents,caregivers and adults who work with children
Presented by BIPR - Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research

Once a month on Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Each program offers information for the first hour, followed by a 30-minute question and answer period. No registration, no charge.

Wednesday, October 29
The Rapidly Developing Infant and Toddler Brain: Helping Your Child Get Off to the Best Possible Start 

Did you know that 65% of brain development happens in the first year of life and 80% develops before age 3? This crucial brain development lays the foundation for all the brain growth that comes later.  This research-informed presentation will suggest fun activities you can do with your infant, toddler, and preschool child to promote optimal brain development and to help you develop a strong relationship with your child. 

Upcoming workshops:
November 19 - The Importance of Play
January 28 - Misbehavior, Challenging Behaviors, Defiance, and Disobedience: What's a Parent to Do?
February 25 - Helping Your Child Develop Resiliency
March 25 - Raising a Child Who Can Manage Their Emotions
April 29 - Helping Your Child Conquer Fears and Anxieties
May 27 - Raising a Child Who Makes Good Choices: How Parents Can Promote Executive Functioning in Their Child.

Click here for a flyer with additional information about all of the classes.

TeachereadWordle.pngTaste of Teacheread
Saturday, October 25 from 1 – 5 p.m.

Eisenhower Room (2nd floor of the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library)

Taste of Teacheread is a FREE training for preschool teachers, childcare providers and parents. This one day training utilizes picture books for learning how to share books with children to increase comprehension and develop early literacy skills while sharing books with young ones. Gather ideas for how to read books aloud to children to make the experience fun and exciting, the types of questions to ask children before and after reading the book, and extension activities for how to use the book further to develop early literacy skills (art activities, storytelling ideas, dramatic play ideas, and more). Teachers and care providers will earn four hours of training. Everyone will receive FREE BOOKS for attending the training. To register for the training, contact Sarah at or 720-887-2321. Registration is required.

 pyramid_SM.gifConfident Parenting: Preventing Challenging Behaviors  
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Adults Only, Registration Required @ 720-887-2315.
You must register for each individual workshop separately. Registrations begin on the first of the month for that month’s workshop. Held in the Children's Library Story Room.

This five part workshop, once-a-month, series focuses on research-based strategies and practices which help parents to understand and prevent challenging behavior.  Each workshop focuses on a tier of the Pyramid Plus Social/Emotional Model.  Parenting toddlers and preschoolers can be exhausting and overwhelming. It can also be filled with joy and true connection.  In these workshops,  parents will begin to see themselves as their child's first and most influential teachers while understanding what their child needs to be successful and happy.  To fully understand the process of preventing challenging behaviors, attending all five workshops will be the most beneficial for your family. Click here for a link to the master brochure.
November 18  -  ABCs of Behavior
Stop challenging behavior before it starts!  Challenging behavior can be difficult to understand and deal with.  Understanding the meaning of the behavior and what children are trying to tell us is a big help. Learn useful and practical strategies to prevent challenging behavior immediately and build positive relationships with your children.  Create more peace at home. 
(Registration begins November 1) 

Upcoming classes:
December 16 -  Prevention Toolbox  (Registration begins December 1)
January 13 - Let's Make a Plan  (Registration begins January 2)

Learn 4Life is a library database consisting of more than 2,100 colleges, universities, and other organizations.  Hundreds of engaging online courses are offered, covering a variety of topics.  Choose the "Personal Development" link and you will find some great opportunities for learning under the "Children, Parents, Family" tab.

Gale Online Courses in Child Development
Whether you're working on educational goals or in search of knowledge about a particular state of child development, Gale Courses is designed to give both teachers and parents more insight into children's growth.  For a complete list of available courses, detailed course descriptions, requirements, demonstrations, and additional information, visit the li