Going to ALSC Mini-Institute Break-out Sessions was a little overwhelming, because many of the programs presented seemed way beyond the scope of something I could do in my own library. But I came away challenged, inspired, and invigorated. I was reminded of the need out there and that Librarians are shining lights and touching people’s lives. I recently got put as the only librarian on a Neighborhood School Readiness Team — so I chose as my focus programs about getting children ready for Kindergarten, “ECRR: The Next Generation,” “Fighting Intergenerational Literacy,” and “Kindergarten Bootcamp.” All of them had a focus on teaching parents how to get their own children ready for Kindergarten. They all have a lot more staff to devote to their programs than I do at my branch — but I think I can move in that direction, and it’s nice to see what big things can be…
This season can be a time for reflection and planning. It’s hard for me to imagine that in just a few days we will ring in a New Year! My professional goals for 2017 focus on training, teamwork, and creating enhanced early literacy spaces for our youngest patrons. What plans do you have on the horizon during this next year?
This month, the Early Childhood Program and Services Committee started its four-part webinar series. They are all free! The first webinar titled “Ages and Stages in Early Literacy Programming,” covered best practices in early literacy programming at different developmental stages for children ages birth to five years old. If you missed it, not to worry, you can access an archived version of it here! All archived webinars are free for ALSC members, and $25 for non-members.
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?