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Fall Youth Services Workshops a Success!

The State Library offered 6 interactive, informative youth services workshops in Rifle, Eagle, Pueblo, Englewood, Boulder, and Dolores in October and November. A total of 132 attendees (an unfortunately timed snowstorm near Pueblo lessened attendance) from 47 library jurisdictions came to learn about the 2012 summer reading program and early literacy, and to network with colleagues.

Kathy Barco, Children’s Librarian at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System in New Mexico, presented the lively morning session highlighting the 2012 summer reading program theme of night time at all 6 sessions. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) members Jana Ackerman, Lisa Chipouras, Laura Baldassari-Hackstaff, Melissa Depper, and Becky Campbell offered informative, useful afternoon sessions on early literacy, including an overview of the newly revised Every Child Ready to Read program.

Handouts from the workshops are available, including Becky Campbell’s early literacy presentation. Continue reading ‘Fall Youth Services Workshops a Success!’

StoryBlocks: A New Tool To Build Early Literacy Skills

The Colorado State Library announces the launch of  www.storyblocks.org, StoryBlocks image
an online video collection featuring  one-minute songs and rhymes for babies, toddlers and preschool children in both English and Spanish. Filmed in partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS, librarians throughout Colorado share successful activities as well as literacy tips. Parents, child care providers and others will discover ways to engage very young children in fun and playful interactions that also build healthy brain development.

StoryBlocks.org is a project of the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), an advisory group to the State Library. CLEL received a federal grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create the videos and Web site. The goal is to build awareness and to encourage parents and others to engage with children from birth on early language and pre-literacy skills. The methods used in the videos are based on brain and child development research that show the impact that songs, rhymes and stories have on very young children. Continue reading ‘StoryBlocks: A New Tool To Build Early Literacy Skills’

CO Libraries for Early Literacy Annual Meeting Invitation

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) is excited to invite you to our first annual meeting! CLEL Logo

Since our organization began in early 2008, we have been a small but determined organization working to strengthen children’s literacy through library services and community advocacy. We have had a chance to work on some very cool projects and are now poised to grow in size and influence. We welcome your interest and involvement!

The meeting will include:

* A session on what early literacy programs and services look like at public libraries across Colorado – gather ideas for your library and share your own ideas with others!
* Time to meet and network with other Colorado library staff interested in early literacy
* A reception honoring our first LSTA grant recipients for all their hard work and early literacy efforts
* How you can get involved with CLEL committees, current projects, and our new LSTA grant
* An overview of the CLEL resources available to help you in your community: our member network, website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter presence Continue reading ‘CO Libraries for Early Literacy Annual Meeting Invitation’

Early Literacy Resources Aplenty at CLEL Website

CLEL web siteColorado Libraries for Early Literacy have a new look to their website: http://www.CLEL.org and plenty of new resources. Comment on the blog, find great research on early literacy, discover new books and storytime techniques.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy continues to work toward insuring that all parents and child care providers read, sing, and play with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Literacy enhanced storytimes and parent tips for pre-literacy skills are available at http://www.clel.org.

Fun With CLEL Storytimes Grant

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), has expanded the Every Child Ready to Read program to 10 more public libraries in Colorado. The program provides training and materials in early literacy skills to library staff at medium and small public libraries in Colorado. The 10 libraries selected for the program will receive materials, training and mentoring to provide brain-research based story time programs and activities to their communities.

Below, CSL staff is having fun with with some of the Storytimes Grant materials. From left to right: Lisa Boyd, Michelle Gebhart, Melissa Carlson.

Storytimes Grant Materials
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Continue reading ‘Fun With CLEL Storytimes Grant’

Choosing Books for Gifts

Looking for a gift for a young child?  Check out Hennipin County Public Library’s “Birth Through Age Six” newsletter for “Choosing Books for Gifts.”  http://www.hclib.org/BirthTo6/Newsletter/Newsletter.cfm#choosing

Even better, read through and offer advice to parents and grandparents on selecting books for young children.  The greatest gifts we can give to young children is the joy of stories, reading and learning. For more on the importance of books, reading and early literacy, see the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy website at http://clel.org


Early literacy grant opportunity for Colorado public libraries

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (http://www.CLEL.org), an advisory group to the Colorado State Library, has received Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds to work with ten Colorado public libraries on their storytime programs for children birth through age 5.  Grant applications are being accepted from Colorado public libraries with a legal service area of under 25,000 .  The selected libraries will receive materials, training, and assistance to integrate the Every Child Ready to Read program into their library and community.  This training program supports public libraries in reconfiguring their programming for  young children to promote brain development in language and early literacy acquisition.
To apply for this CLEL grant,  please fill out and submit the grant application available at www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/ChildrensServices.htm. The application deadline is Monday, December 15, 2008.


Top Trends in Colorado Libraries – 2008

For the CAL Conference 2008, Communities and Libraries, I created this list of top ten trends in Colorado libraries related to communities and libraries. Examples are also below. I provided this for the Commissioner of Education for his opening keynote presentation. Thought others might be interested.
Early childhood brain research is changing library storytimes.*

  • Multimedia production in libraries – videos, podcasts, etc.
  • Literacy – engaging the larger community (One Book, etc.)
  • The Library Online* – AskColorado, local archives online, 21 Plinkit websites
  • Green Buildings
  • Creation spaces, activities, collections
  • Community Outreach
  • Job support and economic development
  • Gaming*
  • Services to Special Populations*

* Indicates a topic in which the State Library is involved. Continue reading ‘Top Trends in Colorado Libraries – 2008’

Getting Creative at the Youth Services Workshops

Thursday, October 16th found me at the Aurora Public Library for one of the Colorado State Library’s Youth Services workshops. I was lucky enough to be able to attend this year, and would like to share my experience (and photos!) with everyone.

The YS workshops this year were based not only on children’s programming for the 2009 statewide summer reading program (Be Creative @ Your Library), but also on teen programming (Express Yourself) and other teen issues, literacy-enhanced storytimes, and much more.

In the morning, we split into groups and got creative, making our own posters with markers, crayons, stickers, foam cutouts, and any other crafty items you can think of. Some posters were especially nice, and everyone received this year’s READ lapel pin as a prize.

Getting creative with posters.

Displaying the finished product.

Patricia Froehlich (Colorado State Library) then gave us some history on CSLP (the Collaborative Summer Library Program), which now boasts 47 member states.

Patricia Froehlich's presentation on CSLP.

Next up was teen services and a presentation by Mary McCarthy (Colorado State Library, Boulder Public Library). Of course she had to loosen up the group with an icebreaker, and so we all went around and told what was the oddest thing in our cars. (My answer: a toaster oven.) Mary spoke about C’YAAL, using your community and staff for programming, and of course, “begging, borrowing, and stealing ideas” from others. She also presented us with some wonderful web resources, including the following:

When we broke for lunch (pizza and salad…mmm!), we played Human Bingo, and those who were able to complete their bingo card were given prizes of t-shirts and books.
 There was time for networking during lunch.

We played Human Bingo, and gave out books as prizes.

We also used lunch time to share creative ideas for the 2009 program. Projects such as “Paint like Picasso”, using recycled materials to make kaleidoscopes, podcasts on the Twilight series (with kids reading aloud their favorite parts of the books), bringing in local art teachers from the schools to display student art, “musical petting zoos”, and many others were suggested.

After lunch, we moved on to a presentation on CLEL and literacy-enhanced storytime by Melissa Depper (Arapahoe Library District). Melissa talked about the 6 skills your child needs to learn in order to read, starting from birth. She defined early literacy as “what kids know about reading and writing before they can read or write”. We were able to view PET scans of a brain, and to practice the 6 skills with actual storytime books. She recommended zerotothree.org for information on cognitive development, as well as the CLEL website.

Finally, we ended the day with a brief presentation on the LRS Fast Facts and “the Robbie report” by Patricia Froehlich. She also discussed a site called readingrecord.org, which can track summer reading participants online, and patrons can even register themselves for the program.

At the end of the day, Patricia handed out program manuals and order forms, and the workshop was adjourned. What a day! I learned so much about teen services and early literacy, children’s programming and storytimes.

I want to say thanks to the Aurora Public Library (and Jan Zinkl in particular) for hosting.

Here’s what I learned:

  • CSLP has nearly all 50 states on board, which means a child living in Colorado could visit a grandparent in almost any state and find the same summer program in the library there as they do here.
  • You should use your community and staff for programming. If a staff member speaks Korean, ask him or her to come in a couple of times a week and teach. There are many untapped resources working in your library right now.
  • Kids that learn just 8 nursery rhymes before Kindergarten have an easier time learning to read than those who don’t.
  • Don’t skip over unfamiliar words when reading to a child. They should never be dumbed down.
  • And, of course, always have chocolate on hand for the afternoon.

Colorado scores again!

Some exciting news for Colorado this month! Robbie Marks and Keith Lance have an article in the September issue of School Library Journal, pp 44 – 47, on the positive correlation between public library services and early reading success.  In the sidebar are quotes by Carol Wagstaff (Douglas County Libraries) and Maxine Curley (Mesa County Public Library District). There is also a mention of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), an early literacy group formed in January 2008.

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Note: CLEL members will be presenting a session on early literacy at the Youth Services workshops in October.  Register now for one of the 5 statewide workshops.