During the school March Break, our libraries always offer a wide range of programs. One of my favourite this year was Literacy Break.
Recently, I began a six-week early literacy program with our local ABCD/Headstart program. (Read more…) Through a generous gift to the Boston Public Library’s Reading Readiness Fund, students all over the city are provided with the opportunity to build their at-home libraries while working on their literary skills in a fun way!
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…
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.