Early Literacy

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

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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…

ALA Midwinter 2017

#ALAMW17 #ALSCMI Break-Out Sessions and Inspiration

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…

Early Literacy

Upcoming Early Childhood Program and Services Webinars!

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 If you missed it, not to worry, you can access an archived version of it here!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.

Early Literacy

Interview with Girl Scout Ashley Soliwoda

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.