As a member of ALSC’S Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee, I have had the opportunity to connect with Ashley Soliwoda, a Girl Scout who is currently working on her Gold Award project. I am so impressed with the wonderful work Ashley is doing in her community and hope you will enjoy reading about her in the interview below.
As promised in my last blog post, this post will expand upon our experience at the Merced County Library System as we prepare for the full rollout of our 1000 Books before Kindergarten program.
Learn how The Ready to Read Railroad, an early learning space for kids and their families was created in a public library in Frisco, Texas.
This morning’s session on book talking early readers blew me away. Katie O’Dell’s presentation on Multcolib’s early reader work highlighted so many things you can do with early readers.
What can libraries do for our tiniest customers, our youngest patrons, our fledgling readers?
About a year ago our Early Literacy Curriculum Lead, Lisa Bubert, came to me with a very interesting idea.
The heady months of summer are winding down, yet you still may be experiencing an influx of young people in the library. While this is a fun time to see so many new faces in the library, the nice weather creates an opportunity to partner with your local forest service or park service departments to encourage families to explore the outdoors into the upcoming autumn.
Picture this: Parents and caregivers scattered across the storytime room floor, with wriggly, adorable babies on their laps. There’s a “hello” song playing in the background and some books to peruse. Here I sit with my own baby, eagerly awaiting the start of storytime at my library. And let me tell you, the view is pretty different from the carpet. You see, I used to be that librarian, there, the one greeting babies with a fluffy puppet and big smile. But after getting a few years of paid labor under my belt, I traded my storytime hours for the good life: yep, I’m now a stay-at-home-mom. Actually, let me amend that: I’m a stay-at-home-mom-who-is-still-a-children’s-librarian. While not employed, I do what I can to stay on top of the latest library news, book releases, and storytime trends. I do want to return to the field someday, and plan on staying in…