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Unveiling the Science of Reading: Empowering ESL Students through Wordless Books

Over the next few months, the Early and Family Literacy Committee will write about one of the ECRR early literacy practices and discuss the science of reading research that supports the development of that practice and the skills it engenders. Today’s practice is reading! Since the topic is so broad, we are focusing on how wordless books support ESL students. We also include a reminder that many of the strategies that work for ESL students also support young children acquiring foundational language skills along with some tips on how you can use them in library programming.

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Ever-Evolving ERGs #PLA2024

I attended a presentation on Employee Resource Groups, one of my rare non-youth-related sessions from this week. Kristy Lorenz (Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH) told us about her experiences in the Working Caregivers Employee Resource Group (or ERG) and shed light on the way these groups can have ripple effects throughout the organization. While an organization might view ERGs as beneficial mainly because they promote retention and provide a way to gather feedback from different groups, staff can benefit from the supportive environment in so many ways. These groups provide a play for validation, a sympathetic ear to have your voice be heard, and also a soft place to land for new employees. They can exist for members of a particular race or ethnicity or for people with shared experiences, such as parents and caregivers of elders. Lorenz highly recommended the book The Power of Employee Resource Groups (Berrett-Koehler, 2022), by…

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#PLA2024 Day 3

I started off the morning at the Children’s Author Breakfast, which is always a “must see” moment for attending as a Children’s Librarian. We got to listen to Gennifer Choldenko, Loren Long, Daniel Nayeri, and Maleeha Siddiqui discuss their current and upcoming titles. Plus, Daniel Nayeri is a bit of a Chicago fan, and we were serenaded by their various hits as a part of his talk. Another fun tidbit is that Loren Long spent six weeks creating a large diorama of the town for The Yellow Bus. This allowed him to better draw the path that the bus took on its drive. Next up was Baby Time Boredom. Make sure that you check out Ann’s blog post and Ellie Richardson’s post about this session. In addition to her recap, some take-aways that resonated with me include evaluating our coloring/writing table for diversity and adding labels to toy bins and…

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#PLA2024 Day 2

I am going to jump around a bit as I took bits and pieces from various sessions that may appeal. First up this morning was another Science of Reading session with programs and initiatives from the San Francisco Public Library and Chicago Public Library. San Francisco has a really in-depth tutoring program called Fog Readers. It is a 1:1 tutoring program that pairs volunteers with children in need of reading intervention. Check it out! Chicago Public Library built on the idea of the Scarborough rope to create a Jump Into Reading initiative. It is currently trialing at a couple of branches and involves collection development, staff education, and programming. They have a dedicated decodables section and it is split into five sections based on the decodable skill. Sections include Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC) Words, Blends and Digraphs, Vowel-e Words, R-Controlled Words and Vowel Teams, and Multisyllabic Words. Grab-and-go kits are also available…

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Spring Online Education

Spring is officially here! Are you ready for some renewal and rejuvenation? ALSC is offering these three online learning opportunities in April! Webinar Creating Interactive Storytimes with Music, Play, and More – Tuesday, April 30, 2024 | 1:30pm CT Join this webinar with expert children’s programmer Alyssa Jewell as she demonstrates how to develop interactive learning experiences in which children engage in moving, music-making, and story drama. Online Courses American Sign Language (ASL) with Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical GuideApril 1 – May 12, 2024 In this 6-week eCourse, signing storyteller Kathy MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children. Participants learn basic ASL vocabulary appropriate for use with children and techniques to share stories, songs, and other activities that incorporate ASL. Using Picture Books to Discuss Social Justice and EquityApril 1 – April 28, 2024 In this course, Rabia Khokhar, teacher and education &…