Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Who to Follow on Twitter

Who's in your Twitter feed?  Looking for some new agencies and organizations to follow on Twitter?  Check out these local and national early childhood and literacy focused groups:

Wisconsin
WECA works to advance positive change for children by focusing on the professionals who provide child care for well over 70% of Wisconsin's children.
Wisconsin Literacy @WisLiteracy
Strengthening Wisconsin's workforce, families and communities through literacy since 1985.

National
The best in children's and young adult literature and literacy news!
The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) promotes the use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices by early childhood practitioners and parents.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.
Reach Out and Read is the evidence-based early literacy initiative that partners with pediatricians to prepare America’s youngest children to succeed in school.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Early Literacy and Music

Perhaps you circulate children's music CDs or sing songs regularly during storytime.  How else might you incorporate music into library programs and services?  Check out the music page on the National Association for the Education of Youth Children (NAEYC) website.  Here are a few things you will find there:

  • Featured songs, song archive, and a monthly playlist--currently featuring Raffi's new album!
  • Research-based articles about music and children's learning
  • Tips for families, such as Playing With Music at Home

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Early Literacy Webinar Opportunities in September

Thanks to a Library Services and Technology grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Indianhead Federated Library System is thrilled to sponsor two webinars about evidence-based library early literacy programs!  Webinars will be recorded (you’ll automatically get a link to the recording if you register), please register for each session separately.
Read, Play, Grow
Friday, September 5, 10-11 am
Rachel Payne of the Brooklyn Public Library will describe her library's efforts to enhance early literacy by encouraging play with infants and toddlers.  Look for some great ideas to apply to your own programs and services! Register for Read, Play, Grow here.

Ready, Set Kindergarten
Friday, September 12, 10-11 am
Rachel Payne from the Brooklyn Public Library will discuss her library's work to support caregivers in developing early literacy skills with their preschoolers, including resources and information about reading, writing, playing, singing, talking, and also math and science.  Register for Ready, Set Kindergarten here.

Questions? Please contact:
Leah Langby
Library Development and Youth Services Coordinator
Indianhead Federated Library System
715-839-5082 ext. 114
langby@ifls.lib.wi.us

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners Event

The Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners is sponsoring a free training about supporting language and early literacy in the home and community on August 14 from 10-3 at Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids.  Early childhood professionals from all over the state will be there to learn about a series of language and early literacy professional development materials, designed for professionals in all early learning and care settings
serving children, birth to 5. The training and lunch are free because of funding from a Wisconsin Race to The Top grant.

The organizers are encouraging community teams to attend together.  The target audience includes persons who are responsible for professional development for 4K, ECSE, reading/literacy, curriculum & assessment, etc.; early childhood partners in 2 & 4-year IHEs, and other community partners like library directors and youth services librarians.  Questions? Email laura.paella@dpi.wi.gov or phone 608/264-9325.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LSTA Early Literacy Grant Opportunity

Are you considering applying for a LSTA early literacy grant?  This is the final year that applications are available in this special category that complements the Growing Wisconsin Readers initiative. 

The Spooner Public Library is currently implementing two new projects as part of a 2014 NWLS system-wide LSTA early literacy grant. What is your dream early literacy project?  Apply today and make it happen! 
Examples from Spooner Public Library's  LSTA early literacy grant project with NWLS
Public libraries and/or public library systems are eligible applicants. Public libraries and public library systems can submit collaborative grants with other public libraries and/or systems. One library/system must serve as primary grant administrator. 

The 2015 LSTA application is open and more information about the application process can be found on the LSTA web page.  The application form can be used for practice; applications are only official when you click “submit application” on page 15 of the form.  Online grant applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on September 8, 2014; a signed certification form must be postmarked by September 8th or signed, scanned and emailed by the same time and date to Terrie Howe.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Felt Board Table

Felt Board Table by Lisa Shaia from Thrive After Three
Lisa Shaia from the blog Thrive After Three shared a great idea for a drop-in activity for young children and their families. Check out her post about how to create a felt board table to use as a passive programming station.

Monday, July 14, 2014

If You're App-y and You Know It

The number of early literacy apps is growing as fast as the number of ways to use the apps in a public library setting. With all of these choices, it can be difficult to know the best way to start a new service at your library or update an existing one.  

Below are a few links for exploring all things apps--which ones to include, how to share with children and families, and what kinds of management strategies you might consider.