The Beaumont Library in California has a new way to help their youngest patrons get ready to read: by bringing the library to them! The library received an LSTA grant to create the program, which includes a van with 2000 items on board.
It's Friday! For some of us, that means WooHoo the weekend is here. For others, it means man I have to work the weekend. Either way, it is time for your weekly installment of FRIDAY FUN! Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, recently created a funny video promoting libraries and how people would be dumb without them. It is a great little song with even better comic relief from Maira Kalman. Click here to watch the video.
Sesame Street does it a again. They have created an awesome take off of the song "Call Me Maybe" In the video called "Share It Maybe", Cookie Monster wants you to share your cookies with him. It is a very cute video that you all will enjoy, especially if you are a Sesame Street fan or if you find yourself singing along to Carly Rae Jepsen's song "Call Me Maybe."
A new study done by researchers at the University of Rochester has found what they have dubbed the "Goldilocks effect." The researchers found that babies seek out items that are "just right" in complexity and surprise for them. The babies in the study each watched a video. If the video was too predictable, they turned away from it and lost interest or if the video was too complex they lost interest as well. They seem to be seeking information and learning from their previous knowledge and making predictions. This is fascinating. To me, it shows that in ba
LEGO DUPLO is partnering with Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) to create a new building system that combines construction play and storytime. Kids are encouraged to create and build while their parents read age appropriate board books to their children. In addition, they have partnered to create a site to let people nominate their local library. The most nominated library will $5000 for books and supplies to promote LEGO programming. 200 additional libraries will receive the play sets to encourage library programming.
CLEL member Babette R. has written a wonderful summary of a recently-released study that indicates that poverty has a greater impact on a child's cognitive development than early childhood education, whether or not a parent reads to the child. She concludes, and rightly so, that early childhood education, while important, will not close the achievement gap if we do not also work to eradicate poverty.
Thinking of becoming a children's librarian? Check this opportunity out!
The following was posted to LibNet by Mary Stansbury, Associate Professor and Chair, Library & Information Science Program, University of Denver:
"We are so pleased and honored to announce that the DU Library and Information Science Program has been awarded IMLS funding for a second round of Early Childhood Librarianship fellowships. These fellowships will commence with the Autumn 2012 quarter.