|The domino effect at Hawkins Area PL|
After being fortunate enough to receive an Early Literacy Grant through LSTA , I began the task of looking for ways to reach the maximum amount of parents and caregivers. Being a staff of one, with the closest school 20 miles away, serving a large rural area and a limited budget, I began to look for ways to connect with organizations that would have access to my target group.
|Display at Flambeau School|
Setting up a table at this event proved to be one of the most effective outreach endeavors on this journey so far. Not only was I able to connect with parents/caregivers but also with personnel from WIC, The Birth to Three Program, Headstart, the Early Childhood Staff, school psychologist, as well as other specialists.
This connection truly started the Domino Effect for our program, I was able to provide these early childhood service providers with packets of information which they in turn shared with their clients. One of the first events at our library that resulted from this was a visit from
|Family fall crafting|
We now see many of these children, their siblings and caregivers on a regular basis, sometimes bringing along new friends for us to meet. We look forward to expanding our program and continue to hunt for more ways to do this.
Hawkins Area Library, Hawkins, WI
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