Cathy Lancaster

“I have brought Betsy to Michigan to present workshops/keynotes six times since 2007. In addition, I have heard great feedback from front-line library staff who have brought her in for various other presentations in Michigan. Betsy is a natural leader in early literacy and engages with her audience easily.

In 2015, we had her to the Traverse Area District Library to do a workshop with volunteers from a local Rotary club, who had no experience or knowledge of early literacy practices. They left the workshop feeling confident and excited to engage with families and encourage reading in the community, thanks to Betsy’s work.

Over the years I have seen Betsy re-charge long-practicing library staff in early literacy, introduce new ideas to storytellers, and encourage families, especially teen parents, to practice early literacy at home. Betsy adapts her workshops for whoever the audience is, and attendees leave with the knowledge and skills to encourage & practice early literacy skills in their communities.” – Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator, Library of Michigan, Lansing, MI