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…
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.”
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.
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…