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Advocacy Tip for October: Encourage Parents to Read to Children in Any Language!

Note: CLEL will be posting a new Advocacy Tip every month. To see all the tips, click on the "Advocacy Tip" tag above.

Colorado State Library Presents Youth Services Workshops

Register NOW for one of six Youth Services Workshops being held around the state. The day-long training includes a morning dedicated to learning about the statewide summer reading program, presented by Kathy Barco, and an afternoon session about early literacy fun in the library for babies and new parents, presented by a CLEL member. The workshops will be held in the towns of Rifle, Eagle, Pueblo, Englewood, Boulder, and Dolores between October 20 and November 10.

CLEL Wants YOU (to be on the Steering Committee)!

A few Steering Committee Members will be leaving at the end of the year and we want more members on the committee.  We need you!  If you are interested in being a new member on the CLEL Steering Committee, please submit a paragraph telling why you are interested to Vicky Hays by October 10, 2011.  Please let her know whether you will be able to attend the Annual Meeting.  You will be able to read your paragraph at the meeting.  If you are not able to attend, your paragraph will be read.  We will hold an on-line election after the Annual Meeting

Literacy-Based Crafts: Rocket Ship

One way to prompt conversations between a child and their grown-up during your craft time is to include some written questions as part of the project materials. For example, if you are handing out a coloring sheet, can you write in an open-ended question or two before you photocopy it?

This very simple rocket craft adds an “outer space” coloring sheet with a couple of prompts for the grown-ups to read as the children play.

Rocket Ship

First, the rockets!

LeVar Burton helping to create new Reading Rainbow program: RRKidz

Post by Lisa C.

Friday Funday: Muppets Theme Song As Performed By OK Go!

Post by Lisa C.

OK Go is band that has some of the most creative music videos out there.  Now, they have teamed up with the Muppets to do a music video of the Muppet Show theme song.  They have incorporated aspects of their best music videos all into this one video with the Muppets.  I loved the Muppets as a kid and still love them as an adult, so this video made me feel good all over.  PS: I highly recommend you check out some of OK Go’s other videos.  It is worth your time.


More Parents Living in Poverty are Reading with their Children

Post by Lisa C.

Join us! Next CLEL Steering Committee Meeting

The next CLEL Steering committee is happening next week! All CLEL members are welcome to join us and find out first hand what happens at these quarterly meetings (especially if you are interested in being on the Steering Committee). Details:

Friday, September 23, 2011 1-4 p.m.

High Prairie Library - Pikes Peak Library District

7035 Old Meridian Rd.

Falcon, CO 80831

Join us if you are able!

Friday Funday: Visit Bear at Karma Wilson's Website!

Karma Wilson, the author of Bear Snores On and A Frog in the Bog (among others), is not only great children's book writer -- she also has a great website.  Find out more about Karma, her books, and the characters in the books.

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