Blogger Ericka Chilcoat

Thoughts on Graduation

graduation, graduates, cap and gown

This is the time of year when you can’t avoid the evidence-it’s graduation time. You either know someone who is graduating or someone you know is going to a graduation. A friend’s child barely made it across the finish line and there’s relief. Others are in the throes of meeting final requirements, getting signatures, and making arrangements for the big day and beyond.

Blogger Alexa Newman

Kits, Bundles, and Theme Bags: Do You Have Them, and, What Do You Call Them?

Are you looking for new and different ways to get learning resources into the hands of your patrons? For the past couple of years, my library (the Algonquin Area Public Library in Algonquin, Illinois)  has been adding new collections of kits, bundles, and theme bags. They are proving to be very popular with our patrons; so much so that we are expanding them and looking for new ideas to explore. In this post, I’ll be introducing four of our most popular formats. These learning resources are valuable on several fronts. They are time savers for customers who are in a hurry, but need more than one item on a topic.  Many are aimed at building early literacy skills, or focus on specific academic subject areas. Others are great budget savers.They can be checked out and returned, and families don’t have to buy expensive toys and gadgets, instead they have the…

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

ECRR2 for Early Childhood Professionals

Ready to Read Toolkit

Supporting early childhood educators just got easier thanks to the new Every Child Ready to Read – Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators! ALSC Public Awareness Committee asked Judy Nelson and Sue McCleaf Nespeca, from the Every Child Ready to Read Committee and Dorothy Stoltz, one of the four authors of the new Toolkit, about why this is a big deal for libraries, community partners, and in turn the children we nurture.

Early Literacy

Passive programming and early literacy: designing creative spaces for young learners

example of toys

Here at our branch library in Denver, Colorado, we’re always looking for ways to support the new families with very young children who move into the neighborhood. We offer four literacy-based storytimes each week, as well as plenty of programs for children of all ages during  the summer months. Although we offer a nice range of activities for children and their caregivers, we felt that something was missing…and that we could do something more to round out our early literacy efforts. A nearby branch offered a drop-in playtime for children, and we thought this was a great way to make use of our space and to complement our storytimes. The catch? We wanted to try something that would involve a bit less formal oversight, since we juggle many other tasks throughout the day, such as staffing a busy circulation desk, overseeing volunteers, and staying current on Reader’s Advisory trends. Passive…