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New StoryBlocks Videos

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL)—a group of librarians working to strengthen children’s literacy through library services and community advocacy—in collaboration with Rocky Mountain PBS, have just added 8 new videos to the StoryBlocks website, including 2 in Spanish!
The website now features 25 short videos (7 total in Spanish) designed to model to parents, caregivers, preschool teachers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs. Check out StoryBlocks to see all the videos, and let your patrons know about this great resource too!

Youth Services Workshops – Register Now!

Registration for the 2011 Youth Services Workshops is now open. Public librarians, school librarians, and those interested in youth services programming are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Register now! (Please register at least 1 week in advance.)

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Literacy-Enhanced Storytimes Workshop – April 15

Want to juice up your library storytime? Make your storytimes better-than-ever? Attend a FREE all-day interactive and hands-on workshop using the 6 skills and techniques of Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) in your library storytimes.

Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the importance of age appropriate materials, early literacy research, connecting with parents, and dialogic reading, and will see a demonstration of a literacy-enhanced storytime by an expert.

Experienced trainer Carol Wagstaff (Douglas County Libraries) and Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) will review ECRR resources and coach you through how you can use ECRR techniques and plan a literacy-enhanced storytime.

The workshop will be limited to 20 participants and priority will be given to Western Slope libraries.

Location: Durango Public Library
Date & Time:
Friday, April 15, 8:30am-3pm
Patricia Froehlich, CDE – State Library, 303-866-6908

REGISTER NOW! (at least 1 week in advance)
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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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A library that delivers

Librarian, Babette Reeves, has a very clever way to get books to preschoolers in Alamosa, CO.– she hand delivers them. Storybox Special , an early literacy project, is actually a train filled with children’s books located at the Southern Peaks library. Each month Babette visits a family daycare home to make sure young children have a chance to hold a book.  This Storybox Special project was featured on the Reading Rockets website – a site funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Babette, by the way, has a blog she posts to regularly called the The Passionate Librarian.

Every Child Ready To Read Adds 10 Libraries in Colorado

The Colorado State Library announced today that Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, an advisory group to the State Library, will expand the Every Child Ready to Read program to 10 more public libraries in Colorado.

Every Child Ready to Read is a national initiative from the Public Library Association to promote pre-literacy skills in children from birth through age five in public libraries. Parents and caregivers can learn techniques for engaging their babies and young children in language and literacy games that promote learning and school-readiness. In the program, children have exposure to language and literature and arrive at kindergarten ready to learn. Research shows that early literacy activities can have a life-long effect on language and learning. Continue reading ‘Every Child Ready To Read Adds 10 Libraries in Colorado’

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