Blogger Liaison with National Organizations, Collaboration, Early Literacy, Partnerships, STEM/STEAM

Pack in the fun with Nature Backpacks

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. 

Early Literacy, Guest Blogger, Storytime

The View from the Carpet

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…

ALA Annual 2016, Blogger Public Awareness Committee, Early Literacy

Texting Early Literacy Tips: Reflections on #alaac16, two weeks later

There are certain rituals that I go through every time I return from the ALA Annual Conference. I wait with bated breath for the USPS boxes to arrive, and I enjoy the thrill of doling out the ARCs to colleagues and kids. Eventually I sit down to write a report on what I learned. This year, my notebook is full of stars next to the things I heard about at conference that I want to try to do. At the top of my list is an idea that came from the session “Early Literacy Beyond the Library: How to Engage Young Children and Parents in Your Community.”

ALA Annual 2016, Early Literacy, Guest Blogger

Words, Words, Words: Increasing Young Children’s Exposure to Language Through the Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative

Books in barbershops. Parent ambassadors spreading the mission of vocabulary growth in their neighborhoods. Live animals, interactive musical performances, hands-on art programs and science experiments in libraries and community spaces. These are just a few aspects of the Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative.

Blogger Angela Reynolds, Collaboration, Early Literacy, Programming Ideas, Slice of Life

Painting with Primaries

Our local school is building a Natural Playground, and they are holding several fundraisers. I was recently asked to be part of a Really Good Idea for a fundraiser, which I think would make a fun library program! The idea, which was hatched and hosted by the owner of our local craft shop, was this: local artists would each lead a classroom in painting a large 2-foot square painting which would then be auctioned off. I was happy to find out that I was chosen to work with the Grade Primary class (here in Nova Scotia that translates to Kindergarten). I went with a big flower for them to paint. I had them in groups of 3 — the painting had seven areas to be painted, and I had each group work on a section. I might be biased, but I love our painting the most. I love the colours…

Early Literacy, Live Blogging, PLA 2016

Every Child Ready to Read and Its Impact on Parents in your Community @ #PLA2016

My job title is Early Literacy Specialist, and I’m pretty I would neither have that job title, nor would my job even exist (in it’s present form), without Every Child Ready to Read. I discovered ECRR shortly after it was introduced in 2004 and it was, in all honesty, career-changing. I was hooked on empowering parents through 5 simple practices (or, 6 skills in the first iteration) to help their children get ready to read and fascinated by the brain science behind it. Libraries around the country, including mine, began being more intentional in their storytimes about talking to parents about how the things they were doing were helping children develop vital pre-reading skills. ECRR changed the focus of storytime from the child to the parent. Has this change in focus been effective, though? Are we having an impact? It was, then, with great pleasure that today I attended Susan Neuman’s…

Blogger - Early Childhood Programs and Services committee, Child Advocacy, Committees, Early Literacy, Guest Blogger

National Library Legislative Day Matters!

National Library Legislative Day, a two-day advocacy event championing libraries and library legislation in Washington, D.C., is taking place from May 2-3 this year. The need to let our elected representatives know how imperative is it to have quality services for young children as well as decent pay for those of us who work with young children, has only grown within the past year. Two weeks ago, I watched a newly released video series called “The Raising of America.”  It presented updated facts and research regarding the importance of the earliest years in children’s lives as well as historical information regarding childcare in the US. I was surprised to learn that in 1970, Senator Walter Mondale introduced a bill called the Comprehensive Child Development Act (CCDA) that aimed to make the US government responsible for providing “high-quality childcare and early education, home visiting and other services to each and every family that…