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StoryTown

An example of partnership as a librarian does storytime outreach

At Simsbury Public Library, CT we’re good at collaboration. We have an excellent record of building strong partnerships with local businesses, community organizations, schools, and other town departments. In fact, one of our strategic plan goals revolves around outreach, engaging the community beyond the library’s walls and increasing our number of off site library programs. We already have regularly scheduled outreach visits to daycares, pre-schools and schools in our area, and were looking for a new way to engage our youngest patrons, out in the community. StoryTown is a fall series of storytimes around Simsbury, CT designed to do just that.  It is an ideal way for patrons to meet us in different locations around town and learn a little more about our community in the process. Each of the six StoryTown programs will take place at a different location including: Peachwave (a local business, and sponsor of our Summer…

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Making the Most of the Resource Fair

Libraries have been working hard to provide the best services to young children and families. We offer amazing early literacy based storytimes and programming. We have fantastic board and picture book collections. Maybe we offer play spaces or even circulate toys. Some of us are providing special programming for caregivers and training for early childhood providers. We’re getting out and partnering with schools and organizations. Now, how do we let our communities know about all of these amazing services? One excellent opportunity is the community resource fair. Resource fairs can take many forms. They may be for families or educators, might be all non-profits or include vendors from businesses, they may focus on specific age groups, they can be information based or as part of a larger recreational program. Whatever the format, a resource fair is an opportunity to showcase the services your library offers families. If you are new…

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Storytime Summit Fun

Storytimes are perhaps the most beloved component of library services to families with young children. As a result, finding fun and effective ways to support the librarians who provide these engaging services is crucial. These beliefs provided the foundation for our development of Salt Lake County Library Systems’ full day training called the Storytime Summit, held in August of 2017. 

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The Results Are In! Summary of the Fall ECPS Committee Survey

Remember waaay back in September when we asked you to take this short survey for us? Well about 680 of you did! (Thank you.) We think your answers are pretty interesting, we’d like to share a brief overview of the results with you. One of the main questions we asked, was “What areas of Early Childhood are you most interested in learning about?” The top choices included: Early Childhood Programs and Tips (71%), Partnering with Community Groups and Early Childhood Programs (60%), and Childhood Development (50%). We also inquired about how you learn best and what formats work well for you. You overwhelmingly responded that webinars are helpful and convenient, as 83% of respondents voted for this format. Many of you also still appreciate the benefits of in person training, which came in second place with 63% of the vote. Finally, we asked for more specific feedback on topics. We…

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Professional Development for Early Childhood Care Providers

As youth librarians for the very young, we know that our audience isn’t just the children in our communities, but also their families. We also know that there is another important caregiver audience out there, the early childhood care provider. A very broad term, early childhood care providers may work in public or private preschools, Head Starts, day care centers, places of worship, businesses or private homes. They may have varying levels of education and experience but they all work hard to give the children in their care quality experiences. Youth librarians are in wonderful positions to support them with books and resources but in some cases can also provide more formal professional development on topics such as early literacy and using picture books in classrooms. If your library is interested in providing formal professional development for early childhood care providers, here are some tips. Learn about local and state…

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Books from Birth!

  Wouldn’t you love for your young child to receive a free book in the mail once a month! Prince George’s County, MD, a diverse suburb of Washington, DC, has approximately 60,000 children under the age of five. The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, (PGCMLS) is dedicated to ensuring that each of these children enters kindergarten ready to read. County Executive, Rushern L. Baker III selected PGCMLS to sponsor the  Ready 2 Read Books from Birth Program to improve our county’s educational outcomes. Mr. Baker, with full support from the County Council, increased the Library budget to make Books from Birth possible. We are excited and honored to offer a program in conjunction with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. It is designed to encourage literacy and kindergarten readiness by getting books into the hands of every young child in the county.  By simply registering their young child on our website,…

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Process-based Activities for Preschoolers

As we youth services library staff know, libraries are not quiet, sedate places any more. We sing, we play games, we have dance parties, and make messes. And we also know that what we do when we sing, dance, and play is directly tied in to developing early literacy skills. When we sing, we break words down into syllables and learn about the rhythm and shape of words. When we play, we learn by using expressive language and cooperating with others. Every Child Ready to Read has pointed to the research behind these practices, and we see them every day in our libraries. So when we encourage playing and creating in our library spaces, what does that mean? When we have art or craft activities, how do we best encourage creative expression and exploration? I must admit that sometimes, after it seems that a child has read every book in…

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Take the ALSC Early Childhood Programs & Services Survey!

ALSC’s Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee invites you to take a three minute survey to help us target our next project. Our mission is to identify and disseminate information on effective and innovative programs for young children (birth to 5).  We work to develop training workshops on early childhood programs and services, to update and develop ALSC resources with early literacy information, and to initiate activities and projects that are helpful to those individuals who work with young children. Past projects include: Babies Need Words Every Day Toolkit, Book lists for babies, and a 4 Part Webinar Series. What should we do next? We want to hear from you to ensure our next project is timely, impactful, and helpful to you! The results of the survey will be used to direct and define the committee’s next project. The survey submission deadline is Friday, October 13th. Complete the survey.