It was the second Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM, which meant it was time to visit with the senior citizens at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Family Support Center for the Eating Together Program in Baltimore, Maryland. The Eating Together program is a place where seniors gather to share a meal, exercise, socialize, and on this particular day, listen to me talk about the importance of early literacy for children between the ages of birth and 5 years. While this may seem like an unlikely group for such a message, senior citizens are a great group with whom to share your early literacy outreach messages. In the audience at the Family Support Center, several of the attendees are former educators and all of them are proud parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. They are after school tutors, Sunday School teachers, and community leaders. In essence, they are people who are…
Steve Fowler and Nicole Guerra-Coon were partnered up for the ALSC Mentoring Program in 2018-2019. After meeting a couple of times, they decided to work together to create a website with fun ideas for librarians, teachers, and parents to promote the ABCs through literacy with an alphabet storytime.
We all know how important it is to engage young children in lots of conversation and talk, but sometimes it is difficult in practice. Sometimes adults don’t know how to start a conversation with a young child or how to talk to a child before they are able to talk back. If kids could tell us how they wanted adults to talk to them, they may come up with some tips like these: For Pre-Talkers Me first! I may be teeny tiny, but when you speak to me right away, you are showing me that conversation is for me too. Look! When I show you that I am really interested in something, talk to me about it. I am more receptive to language at those moments. I’m talking too! Even if I haven’t learned to say any words yet, I am talking with you when I move my body, smile…
Welcome to Ask ALSC, where the Managing Youth Services Committee asks leaders in children’s libraries to share their response to an issue or situation. We hope to showcase a range of responses to topics that may affect ALSC members. If you’d like to respond to today’s topics, or suggest a topic for the future, please leave a comment.
Greetings from the new ALSC Early and Family Literacy Committee (EFL)! We thought it would be helpful to share with the ALSC membership the thinking that led to the formation of the newest ALSC committee. We sat down with Melissa Depper, Storytime Supervisor for the Arapahoe Libraries in Colorado, and former co-chair of the ALSC Every Child Ready to Read Oversight Committee (2016-2018), to ask about the new EFL Committee’s history and goals.
Over the past five years, Too Small to Fail, the early childhood initiative of the Clinton Foundation, has been leading a partnership with the LaundryCares Foundation to transform laundromats across the country into playful, literacy-rich environments for children and families.
Baby Storytime at the library starts again in a matter of weeks, so it’s a good time to regroup by reflecting on past programs and Supercharging future program plans with interactive books and activities that support early literacy skills.
On Sunday, June 23 at ALA Annual, ALSC’s Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee (ECPS) hosted a Cookies and Conversation chat in the Networking Uncommons. The goal of this chat was to hear from children’s librarians across the country about what support they would like from ECPS in order to help ECPS plan their next project. We highlight a handful below, but check out the ALSC Connect page for the full set of topics covered.